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News & notes: Datone Jones’ one snap was impressive

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 12, 2013 – 5:26 pm

For the rundown on RB DuJuan Harris’ return to the practice field and some increased reps for rookie WR Tyrone Walker and rookie CB Micah Hyde, check out today’s feature story. Here are some additional news & notes from Monday:

–One snap but good: Rookie DE Datone Jones lasted only one snap in Friday’s preseason opener before leaving with an ankle injury, but when his teammates viewed that snap on film, they were impressed.

DE Datone Jones

DE Datone Jones

Jones came in for the nickel package on the first third down of the game and was matched against Arizona G Jonathan Cooper, who like Jones was a first-round draft draft pick. In the words of fellow defensive lineman B.J. Raji, “He completely whipped the guy and had a chance to get a sack.”

“We all talked about how great of a move he had on the guy,” Raji said. “It was rookie on rookie, first-round pick on first-round pick, and Datone, he won that rep and his leg just got caught. The other guy kind of tripped him and got his ankle. But judging Datone off that one play, his future definitely looks bright.”

Mike McCarthy said Jones would be out of practice for at least a couple of days, and he wasn’t sure if he’d be available to play in St. Louis on Saturday night.

–More on injuries: WR Randall Cobb (bicep) was back at practice on Monday with a wrap on his upper right arm. G T.J. Lang (back) did not practice and was replaced at right guard with the No. 1 offensive line by Don Barclay. McCarthy called the holding out of Lang “precautionary” and suggested it could continue on Tuesday.

RB Eddie Lacy (hamstring) missed practice again and did some testing of his injury, but McCarthy said he didn’t know how the test went.

–New outlook: Two of the Packers’ backup offensive linemen who have received praise lately from the coaches and whose reps are increasing are second-year pro Greg Van Roten and undrafted rookie Lane Taylor.

Van Roten appears to be the top backup at center behind Evan Dietrich-Smith, and he also takes a fair share of snaps at guard. Taylor has worked both guard spots in camp and managed to play well in Friday’s game despite a lack of rest.

The day before the game, Taylor’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter. He missed practice on Thursday but slept at the hospital that night with his wife and newborn, who arrived just after 5 p.m. He returned to Lambeau Field on Friday to prepare for the game and performed rather well.

“I feel like I’m starting to really clean up my technique and get fundamentally sound. It’s starting to pay off,” Taylor said. “You’ll get beat, it’s the NFL, but I keep plugging away and I’m starting to see some results.”

Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, Taylor had a handful of free-agent offers after the draft and chose Green Bay, seeing it as a “good fit.” He has a legitimate shot at a roster spot, but he admitted there’s even more motivation now with a daughter on his hands.

“Most definitely,” he said. “Having a newborn makes you more motivated because you want to go out there and provide and bring the best life for her.”

Getting his kicks: K Giorgio Tavecchio won Monday’s head-to-head kicking competition by going 8-for-8 on field goals to Mason Crosby’s 7-for-8. Crosby’s lone miss was wide left from 46 yards. With neither kicker getting a chance in Friday’s game, they can expect more work in practice as the preseason continues.

“If they ask us for 30 kicks, we’ll give them as many as we can,” said Tavecchio, who continues to preach his one-day-at-a-time approach in his effort to take Crosby’s job.

“It was a warm day today, so the balls were flying,” he said. “I felt like myself, Tim (Masthay) and Brett (Goode) were in a good rhythm with the snap, hold and kick.

“I have to watch the film to really see and dissect everything, because right now I feel good. But I always take a good look at the film and be unbiased about it. Take the lessons, the good, bad and if there’s any ugly, take that too and keep moving forward.”


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18 Responses to “News & notes: Datone Jones’ one snap was impressive”

  1. By guy_who_made_a_comment on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Start on this guy’s bust for Canton. He’s almost ready for the Hall…….

  2. By Eli S on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Writing is in the wall.

  3. By Eli S on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Writing is on the wall.

  4. By packman in pa on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Hopefully, Datone can stay healthy. God knows we desperately need a consistent pash rush.

  5. By carter Wilkinson on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Rodgers has 6-8 years left in his prime and we keep people like Dom Capers as our d coordinator. We need to get someone better to run that defense go look at the stats for our D every year Dom has been here. And for the longest time Mike Mccarthy thoughts were we need to run the ball 50% of the time even if we have the best qb in the league and that is ridiculous play to your strengths. Bruce Arians would put up crazy stats with Rodgers. WE HIRED MCCARTHY AFTER HE DRAFTED ALEX SMITH AND HIS OFFENSE WAS RANKED 32 IN THE LEAGUE. We are wasting our window of opportunity. Get capers out even the year we won the superbowl look at stats, the best defenses to play the game were not “bend dont break”

  6. By smoken joe on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Packers will go 7-9

  7. By william harlos on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    packers will win at lease ten games and i think running games i impotain cause wen green has a lead tough to beat but if were scroing in 2 3 mins defence dosent get tha rest

  8. By northerner on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Are the Packers snakebit with injuries or what? Can’t believe the one talent they drafted that could make an impact on the DLine right now has a sprained ankle after one snap. That will become his new nickname one-snap Jones going forward. After one play injured. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

  9. By garyg on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    the Packers will be 11 and 5, with Rodgers sharp, and improved running game they will win the NFC North

  10. By OdinVonTogan on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    2103 finish 7-9? Possible, but I think they will either be better or worse than “so-so” as indicated by a 7-9 record. Either they have a better defense and can run the ball, therefore likely 12+ wins, or they don’t and are likely in the dumps with only 4-5 wins. I don’t think they will be mediocre – they will be ‘elite’ or they will stink.

  11. By axespray on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Trade Dom for San Fran’s D-Coordinator, then watch Dom’s defense ranked no.1 while ours probably goes from 11th down to 22nd or something.

  12. By ATLPackrfan on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Carter, our defense finished the 2010 regular season ranked #5 in the league (total yards allowed per game), so I guess there’s goes your theory about Capers being a horrible D Coordinator.

    And MM didn’t draft Alex Smith. The Niners GM did. Since when does a team’s O Coordinator run a team’s draft?

    Get a clue, please!

  13. By chad on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Datone Jones, one play injured but looked impressive. Another headline, Jolly almost gets a sack.
    Can you say pathetic????.

  14. By Wayne on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Packers almost scored in first preseason game.

  15. By starr1957 on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Just have to laugh at all the negative posts.

    Either you are other teams trolls, or you are just plain “football ignorant”.

    Either way,it’s entertaining to read.

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  17. By John on Aug 16, 2013 | Reply

    Packers will be good this year if you really think they will be 8-8 or worse you are out of your mind.

  18. By JeffM on Aug 21, 2013 | Reply

    The Pack will be fine. Any team facing that schedule would have a tough year. Keep 12 upright and have 27 keep opposing defenses honest is key. What’s with all the negative Nancys out there. If you don’t like having the best QB in the league and weapons around him become Bears fans, the rest of us are sick of your complaining.

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