GREEN BAY PACKERS: DEFENSE NEEDS TO REPLACE NASTY AT LINEBACKER
The defensive end is set to make $7.7 million over four years with a team option for a fifth year. He will receive roughly $4 million in terms of a signing bonus while he is guaranteed $6.3 million. Hopefully, Jones will become the player everyone in and around the organization knows he can be so that he can earn a much bigger contract, such as what Clay Matthews accomplished this summer. His personal success will immediately transition over to the team, as he will be a critical piece to get the defense performing at a high level. It may take some time to get going, but there is no question he must turn into an elite player over the next few years in order for the Packers to get back on top. Green Bay needs him to be a top-notch pass rusher to go along with Matthews and outside linebacker Nick Perry. They also need him to be effective in the run game. Jones posted 62 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while suiting up for UCLA in 2012. The Packers will need him to put up monster numbers in his rookie season, while he will have to consistently attack the quarterback with the same intensity that Matthews does. There is a lot riding on what Jones will be able to do along the defensive line, which certainly puts on added pressure. However, if he wants to help Green Bay win another Super Bowl he will have to be everything the Packers expect right out of the gate.
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The first time Abrams watched him as a senior, Rogers leveled a cornerback on a crack-back block. "That showed me that he had a nasty streak to him," Abrams said. "He needed that." Rogers didn't slow down this summer, hitting the boxing bags with Green Bay's Clay Matthews and going head to head with San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick in agility drills while training in Thousand Oaks. Also Bill Belichick says Patriots will move forward He clocked a 4.48 40-yard time at his pro day as interest ramped up from multiple NFL teams. Matthews lobbied for the Packers to sign him, but Rogers chose the Cowboys, who hold part of their training camp in Oxnard. "I had to find the best situation and I thought Dallas was my best chance to stick around with a team," he said. Rogers impressed Cowboys coaches at rookie mini-camp in May. He shined in red-zone drills, outplaying cornerback B.W. Webb, a fourth-round pick, and made an early case for a spot on the practice squad. On the first day of training camp Sunday in Oxnard, Rogers reached back to snare an errant pass on a crossing route late in the Cowboys' first training camp practice. The fans erupted along the sideline.
CAMP DEPTH CHART: OUTSIDE 'BACKERS
/ Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media More ADVERTISEMENT During his nine-year career, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila broke the Packers all-time sack record held by Reggie White. Gbaja-Biamila said Saturday prior to his Packers Hall of Fame induction that he expects his record of 74 sacks to be broken and that current Packers linebacker Clay Matthews could be the one to do it. Matthews has played four years with the Packers and ranks fifth all-time in sacks with 42. If he keeps up that pace, he will break KGBs record in 2015. I wish there was a time when we could play together and see what that looks like, said Gbaja-Biamila, who was released during the 2008 season about six months before the Packers drafted Matthews. Gbaja-Biamila missed playing with White by two seasons but had the chance to get to know him. We used to talk about religious (topics), the Bible, theology, things of that nature, Gbaja-Biamila said. We went to Carolina, got to meet with him, got to know Sara (White). I didnt get to play with him, but I did get to befriend him. Long ball Packers Hall of Fame inductee Chris Jacke ranks No.
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Donte Savage (6-1 252 24 FA-'13 New Mexico State) Played DE for Aggies, finishing with 145 tackles (28 for loss) and 14 sacks. Runs 4.78, vertical jump of 32 and broad jump of 9-6, Abnormally long arms (35), large hands (10). Jarvis Reed (6-1 245 23 FA-'13 Prairie View A&M) Formerly known as Jarvis Wilson. Two-year starter with 157 tackles (24 for loss) and 81/2 sacks. 40 time of 4.66, vertical jump of 35 and 33 7/8 arms. INSIDE LINEBACKERS (6) A.J. Hawk (6-1 238 29 D1-'06 Ohio State) Started career with a big-play flourish, registering five takeaways in 2006. In 104 games since, counting playoffs, he has just nine takeaways. Hasn't forced a fumble in the last five years. Brad Jones (6-3 242 27 D7-'09 Colorado) Started 15 of 37 games at OLB from 2009-'11 before moving inside. Didn't play a snap from scrimmage in Games 1-5 in '12 before D.J.
PACKERS LINEBACKERS AT A GLANCE