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Daniels has come catching up to do

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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For Mike Daniels, making it through three straight practices was a small victory. After missing the entire offseason program while recovering from January shoulder surgery, the Packers rookie defensive end was cleared to start training camp. He lasted four practices before he sustained knee and groin injuries that kept him out for the next seven practices plus the preseason opener at San Diego. Daniels was off to a good start before his latest injuries and has looked good again since his return on Saturday. "I don't think I have my quickness like I used to," Daniels said after today's practice. "My strength can still be better. My technique is still sloppy in a lot of ways. There's a lot of things I need to do to continue to improve. It's clear that I've missed some days." Before his knee and groin injuries, Daniels was getting most of his snaps as one of the two inside rushers in the nickel package. He had even worked his way into some snaps with the No. 1 unit. "You'd be amazed how much you learn from just watching," Daniels said. "When you finally get on the field, it's almost like you haven't missed a step. But I know there are things I need to definitely continue to work on, continue to get better and solidify because I haven't been out there for two weeks, and then I missed the whole (offseason)."  

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