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In search of reps, So'oto embracing all opportunities

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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It’s no secret Vic So’oto would like to see more snaps at outside linebacker these days. As a player on the bubble for a roster spot, however, the Green Bay Packers' second-year linebacker is willing to take whatever is given to him. On Sunday, that was at tight end, a position he played for two seasons at Brigham Young University before switching to linebacker. With only two healthy tight ends (Jermichael Finley and Brandon Bostick) available, the team rotated So’oto, linebackers Jamari Lattimore and Terrell Manning, and safety Sean Richardson in with the offense. There, So'oto showed flashes of his past with two receptions in team drills, including one across the middle from Graham Harrell. However, So’oto is still an outside linebacker, who’s bent on making this team after being one of three undrafted players to earn a spot on the roster last year. “It’s kind of tough to get into a groove when you only get 10 (plays),” So’oto said. “Last week, I only got nine plays, so it’s tough to get into a groove there. For me, it’s really about making the most of my opportunities. Last year, I came in with the guy they drafted, Ricky Elmore, and it kind of feels the same way. For me, I’m used to it. I can’t really change anything. You can only make the most of what you have.” After being the toast of last year’s training camp, So’oto has seen his snaps fall this year with the addition of first-round pick Nick Perry and undrafted linebacker Dezman Moses, who’s made a significant bid for a roster spot with his consistent play. Last year, So’oto clinched his spot with a brilliant performance in the team’s preseason finale against Kansas City where he had an interception returned for a touchdown, 1˝ sacks, two quarterback hits and a tackle for a loss. Going against the Chiefs this Thursday, So’oto is hopeful history will repeat itself before Friday’s league-mandated roster reduction to 53 players. “I think up until this point I haven’t had a lot of opportunities on defense, but it is what it is,” So’oto said. “You can’t control that, so this last game is for guys like me who are on the bubble and could go either way making the roster or not. It’s huge for us. We’ll have a lot of opportunities and hopefully I’ll be able to capitalize on my opportunities when they come.” -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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