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Daniels not content leading Packers in sacks

Oct. 30, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels sacks Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder during Sunday night's game at the Metrodome. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels sacks Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder during Sunday night's game at the Metrodome. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels recorded two sacks against the Vikings Sunday night and leads the team in that category with four on the season.

But Daniels, in his second year, thinks he should have done more against Minnesota.

“Everybody was pretty much happy for me,” said Daniels. “I got two, that’s cute, but I really think I left about three out there. I’m really continuing to work on my game to make sure that I, not 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 said one of the big differences between this year and last year was that he had a full offseason to prepare. Going into his rookie season, Daniels was coming off a shoulder injury and couldn’t do much work.

“I spent my rookie offseason getting the scar tissue out of my shoulder, strengthening it up,” said Daniels. “I really couldn’t condition the way I wanted to, watch film the way I wanted to, work on my technique. I missed all of OTAs, all of minicamp, then I went down with an injury during camp that was a result of my shoulder.

"This time I had an opportunity to really be out there all the time. Even if I had the slightest nick or the slightest bruise, I said, ‘No, I’m going to practice anyway this camp. I don’t care how I feel.’ I realized how valuable those reps were during practice, and I really attribute everything to my offseason program, offseason training.”

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