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Jayrone Elliott will get chance to close deal

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers rookie outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott is tied for the NFL lead in preseason sacks.

Just don't tell that to his position coach Winston Moss.

"Coach Moss told me he wanted to see if I was the real deal," Elliott said Tuesday.

Maybe Moss was just trying to make sure the undrafted rookie from Toledo was not content with what he's put together in his first three preseason games because four sacks in just 36 preseason snaps certainly is nothing to disregard.

But Elliott's sacks have come late in games while playing against inferior competition and in clear-cut passing situations. What Moss wants to see is how Elliott will handle extended playing time when he will have to do more than just rush the quarterback on every snap.

"It's easy to go out there and get a couple of sacks when you know you've got to pass rush," Elliott said. "But you've got to go out there and play real football now."

Well, it might not be easy, but Elliott's point is well taken.

So when asked what he still he thinks he needs to show in order to secure a roster spot, he spoke nothing of sacks or quarterback pressures.

"That I can play on special teams against better competition and show I can be stout in the run game," he said.

He will get that chance on Thursday's preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs. After playing 14 snaps in the first two preseason games combined, Elliott got 22 snaps last Friday against the Raiders. He is expected to get even more against the Chiefs.

"When he's been given a chance, he's stepped up,” coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. "Obviously, he played a lot more this past week against Oakland, and he'll play more than he ever has against Kansas City, both on special teams and defense."

Elliott's athleticism was apparent almost immediately after the Packers signed him out of the University of Toledo. He quickly moved near the head of the undrafted class along with defensive tackle Mike Pennel, who might be nothing short of a lock to make the team.

"He's a little deceptive in that he's a glider," Moss said of the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Elliott. "It doesn't look like it, but he's moving a lot faster. And being able to work against him in the individual drills, he's lot stronger than you anticipate as well. That's very deceiving."