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Morning roundup: Driver accepting reduced role

Oct. 20, 2012
 

Donald Driver's popularity among Green Bay Packers' fans has never been higher, but there's also an inescapable truth to face in Driver’s 14th NFL season.

Following a drop in production last season, the Packers’ 37-year-old wide receiver has seen a significant reduction in snaps this year. At times, he's been an afterthought in the team’s offense even with Greg Jennings out with a groin injury for the past two weeks.

As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky looked into in his Sunday feature, Driver still believes he can get open and contribute in today’s NFL, but he's also come to terms with his reduced role in the Packers’ offense.

“I had a great training camp, had a great preseason and I just didn’t expect your coach to say, ‘We’re going to let so and so go in front of you,’ then the next week this person goes in front of you,” Driver said. “You ask, ‘OK, why?’ And then you don’t get the answers. You’ve got to understand that this is the way it is. This is a business at the end of the day.”

You can read the rest of Demovsky's feature on Driver here:
http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121020/PKR01/121020022/Green-Bay-Packers-Donald-Driver-frustrated-but-accepts-reduced-role?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause takes a look at the Packers' running game and its effectiveness even when not producing monster statistical showings.

That included last week's 42-24 win over Houston where Alex Green rushed for only 65 yards on 22 carries, but was successful enough to keep the Texans' defense on its heels.

“We’re not a 50-50 team by any stretch,” said Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt. “But it is important to have an effective run game. It doesn’t have to carry the load in (producing) a ton of yards but you have to be able to run the ball, to change the defense to defend the run.”

You can read the rest of Vandermause's column here:
http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121020/PKR07/121020018/Mike-Vandermause-column-Run-game-doesn-t-need-pretty-effective?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*The Packers' beat writers offer their predictions for today's game between the Packers and St. Louis Rams here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121020/PKR01/310200399/Packers-vs-Rams-How-we-re-picking-it?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Packers writer Pete Dougherty gives you three things to look for in today's game, including the potential impact of the Rams' lack of weapons on offense here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121020/PKR01/310210152/Green-Bay-Packers-vs-St-Louis-Rams-3-things-watch?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

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