Jarius “SlickWynn” Wynn, the 280lb DE was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 6th round of 2009 Draft. He didn’t see a lot of playing time as the Packers were stacked at that position at the time. Consequently, he was released by the Packers during the 2010 preseason.
But as all Packers fans know, we saw a lot of injured players in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, DE Justin Harrell was one of those. That was the beginning of Wynn’s second chance to be part of greatness.
In a phone interview with Wynn today, I asked him how it felt to be released by the Packers then to get picked back up by them just weeks later. Wynn said
“When I was released, I used that as a learning experience. I wanted to always get better and better. I prayed about it and during half time of the Eagles game, I got the call”.
Wynn was happy to be back. He said,
“I want to prove something, I’m going to be ‘That Guy'”
Obviously, he is ‘That Guy’ and he proved it Thursday night against the Saints. Not only did he have 3 solo tackles and 1 assist, he was one of only two defensive players to get a tackle on the elusive Brees.
He was also a key player in the 3rd down 1 stop of Saints TE Thomas and again on the 4th and 1 when the Saints turned the ball over on downs.
I asked Wynn for a prediction for this year, which he gave me a very politically correct
“I won’t make predictions, we’ll continue to work hard and see where the season takes us”
Wynn want’s to continue to focus on his job, work hard, and be better so the Packers can keep on “Wynning”.
Be sure to follow him on Twitter @slickwynn94