Let’s go back in time to last season’s opener in Philadelphia where A.J. Hawk stood on the sideline for 60 minutes and didn’t even crack the line of scrimmage for a single play … Nada … None … Zippo.
He wasn’t happy about being not only the odd man out, but the first round selection without a team.
But he sucked it up, waited for his time and when guys started going down he took his place on the field where he wasn’t going to be denied his opportunity.
He took the job and excelled in helping the Packers to a world championship. His reward? A new multiple-million dollar long-term contract.
Now let’s fast forward to this week when we heard Packers wide receiver James Jones complaining about his lack of playing time. It’s true he was on the field for just 20 plays and caught only one pass for a minimal gain.
However, though the Packers signed the receiver to a new three-year $9 million contract, there were no guarantees he was going to play a certain number of plays. We can’t believe he didn’t understand what being the number four receiver meant … That he was playing behind three others who were going to get more snaps than him?
James Jones needs to take a look at the tape from last season, especially that first game in Philly, and watch how many times Hawk’s feet touched the field.
He’s got to understand that this is football … Guys get hurt and most likely he will get his chance.
“Everybody plays this game because they want to be playing. I’m not selfish,” Jones said. “I understand we have a lot of weapons. I’m not saying I want the ball every play. But I think I deserve to be on the field more than I was.”
Easy, James. Take it easy and wait your turn. It will come. Probably before you will realize.
I just hope that when your turn arrives you hang on to the ball!