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Jolly makes even more plays in practice

Aug. 19, 2013
 

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Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field last month. File/Press-Gazette Media

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Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly continues to make plays, and if he keeps this up, it would seem he stands a very good chance of making the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster.

After intercepting a pass against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night and tipping another ball that led to a Jarrett Bush interception, Jolly was back at it on Monday, making plays on the practice field.

Jolly batted down a pair of passes at the line of scrimmage and explained why he is so adept at doing that.

“It's just hand-eye coordination,” Jolly said in the locker room after practice. “Seeing the quarterback's release, and getting your hands up in the pass lane as fast as you can from there. Also you've got to get a little push on the offensive line.”

Jolly also credited his days as a basketball player.

“I played a little basketball in my time, too,” Jolly said with a smile. “I kind of blocked a couple shots here and there ... I did play basketball. I just try to get my hand in the passing lane, and if I'm lucky I get my hand on the ball.”

After missing three seasons due to a drug suspension, Jolly is starting to find his groove.

“It all comes back to you,” Jolly said. “It's just a matter of how much you grind to get to that point. I'm working hard and my coaches are standing on me to get back to that point. I'm just taking advantage of that opportunity now, and I'm going to keep pushing forward.”

Conditioning has been a question mark for Jolly during training camp after his long layoff, but he’s starting to feel better.

“I'm getting the feel back,” Jolly said. “How to dig in when I get tired on the field. I still have a couple weeks to go and I'm trying to get better.

“It's basically just working hard and sticking to the plan that the coaches give us. Working hard on my technique, just trying to do everything the right way and everything will fall into place for me. I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunity.”

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