Mike Daniels Wants to Be Elite and Maybe He Can Be

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Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels

You’ve probably noticed Mike Daniels this season. After making little impact for the Green Bay Packers as a rookie fourth-round pick, Daniels has been making his presence known this year.

Daniels leads the team in sacks with four, three of which have come in the past two games. His total is also two more sacks than he had all of last season.

We’re going to draw a comparison to former Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. Certainly not in size and stature, because Daniels is smaller, but in the fact that he’s turning into a really good inside pass rusher. That’s something the Packers haven’t really had since Jenkins departed as a free agent.

In fact, Daniels is one of the guys who’s keeping first-round pick Datone Jones off the field. Against Minnesota, Daniels played more snaps on the defensive line than anyone.

That’s impressive, considering the high level that both B.J. Raji and Johnny Jolly are playing at. Those guys are out there more to take up blockers and stuff the run, though. Daniels is out there to get after the quarterback.

The great thing is, Daniels isn’t satisfied, even after his two-sack performance against the Vikings.

“I got two; that’s cute,” Daniels said. “But I really think I left about three out there. I’m really continuing to work on my game to make sure that I [don’t] just become an ‘Oh, he made a play; that’s nice,’ to ‘Oh, he’s an elite player; watch out.’ I’m really just working towards trying to improve every week and every day.”

Daniels isn’t going to be a guy who piles up 15 sacks a year. Inside rushers typically don’t do that. If he gets eight to 10 sacks in a season, then he’s making a pretty good case for reaching that elite level, at least as a pass rusher.

He’s someone you have to game plan for.

The verdict remains out on the Packers last two first-round picks, Jones and Nick Perry, but at least it’s starting to look like they hit on Daniels.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

10 Comments on "Mike Daniels Wants to Be Elite and Maybe He Can Be"

  1. Vijay

    Let’s just skip the whole first round from now on…seems to me we get the BEEF of quality after that round anyways.

    • Cheese

      Who’s the last first rounder we have that actually contributes right now? Raji? Rodgers? Matthews, Perry, Bulaga, and Sherrod are all out.

    • Iltarion

      Hey, VJ, still like your man Dimitroff better than TT?

      Pretty unimpressive display of depth down there in the ATL. A couple guys get injured, and their season is for shit.

      Hope Dimitroff enjoys his luxury box at Lambeau when we roll his Falcons. I’m thinking 34 – 13 sounds about right.

  2. Donna Wolter

    Daniels played with a chip on his shoulder at Iowa= he’s one mean mo fo. Love it, great competitor

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