Well, you can’t say the guy doesn’t want to get on the field. Relegated to standing around on the sidelines in recent weeks, receiver Donald Driver has told the Green Bay Packers he’s willing to play special teams if it gets him on the active game day roster.
“I said, ‘I’d like to play special teams if you guys need me,’ ” Driver said. “The thing is when you’ve played this long in your career, they don’t think that a veteran guy wants to play because sometimes it’s like a kick in the . . . I didn’t think that. I didn’t think that at all.
“I looked at it as an opportunity to play and have fun. That’s what I want to do. I asked them and they said, ‘Sure.’ I’m back on it. We’ll see. We’ll see.”
So does this get the team’s all-time leading receiver on the active roster this week, as so many fans have clamored for?
Driver thinks so, but we have our doubts.
He’s been working on the second-team special teams units. Also working against Driver is the Packers have five healthy receivers, if you include return man Jeremy Ross, who will be active this week. Special teams contributor Jarrett Boykin will miss another week, but the Packers chose to activate linebacker Terrell Manning to fill his spot last week. Manning ended up delivering the biggest hit of the game on a muffed Vikings punt and got himself a game ball for it.
The outlook doesn’t look good for Driver, but the Packers could always buckle to the external pressure.