Wednesday, August 17, 2011
BBAO: Donald Driver hanging on at No. 2
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
During Tuesday's SportsNation chat, David of Florida asked whether Jordy Nelson or James Jones would be the Green Bay Packers' best candidate for the No. 2 receiver. It was as if veteran Donald Driver was no longer in the picture.
That's clearly not the case, as Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out. Driver remains entrenched in the Packers' No. 2 role, well accustomed to the annual questions about his future.
Driver: "I said I want to play until I'm 40. Will that day come? I hope. If not, I'm willing to know when it's over, it's over. And right now for me it's not over. It's been a proven fact I'm still playing at a high level. I'm competing at a high level."
If Nelson and Jones continue their development, it's going to be hard to keep them off the field. The emergence of rookie Randall Cobb also adds a layer to that dynamic. But Driver isn't ready to concede anything, nor should he.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers defensive end Mike Neal was treating his injured left knee in a hyperbaric chamber Tuesday, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was vague about the future of the no-huddle scheme in the Packers' offense, notes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley has shed the cast on his broken foot and has been an active participant in defensive line meetings, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions cornerback Brandon McDonald is "geeked" to play the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 of the preseason, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- The Lions' offense is going to take what the defense gives, writes Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
- Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune profiles Minnesota Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary, noting that Singletary nearly ran away from home as a 12-year-old because he wasn't allowed to play football.
- The Vikings are working Chris DeGeare at both right guard and right tackle, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- The Vikings are giving rookie safety Mistral Raymond a long look, notes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz had quarterback Caleb Hanie back working with the No. 2 offense Tuesday, notes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanie: "Mike's done that before with me; last season in training camp, too. Mike's tough on his backup quarterbacks. It's been his m.o. his whole career. I'm glad he is because it pushes me and makes me better."
- Bears running back Matt Forte is staying focused during his contract negotiations, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune wonders if the Bears will maintain their commitment to the running game in 2011.