As Wisconsin spring turns into Wisconsin fall (why bother with summer it just gets in the way of football season) I starting getting geared up for the Packers.
For me, it begins with the annual shareholders meeting where I get to spend some quality time at Lambeau with the gang as we hang out with Ted Thompson and Mark Murphy and down a few beers as we discuss the financial status of the team (well I can dream). From there it moves on to July and when the practices really start and the season begins to move into full swing.
Right now, however, is that awkward time period. Not close enough to say the season has started but close enough to think of what lies ahead. It is the difference between being 20 and 21. Close but not close enough.
So with all the news filtering out of Green Bay as to who just sneezed or who has a toenail that will possibly keep them out of practice, one question has popped into my mind.
Where is Datone Jones?
Sam Shields is back, Johnny Jolly has returned and Eddie Lacy is under wraps as well. Why has not the number one pick signed or been signed? Better yet, why is nobody saying anything about it? Shouldn’t he be up in Green Bay with the rest of the team?
I am shocked and amazed that hardly anything has been said about this. I would think that with the complexities of the defense and after the burning by San Francisco last year. The prioirty would have been to get Jones into camp from day one and prepare him to start. Why is that not happening?
Is this the start of a holdout or is it normal? In reviewing the NFL.com’s list of 2013 first round signings, there are only four of 32 players who have signed with their respective teams (I mean the Bears have their guy signed). Why is that?
At what point does the lack of Jones being in Green Bay become newsworthy? When does it become an issue? Is it an issue at all? Jones is being touted in some circles as the defensive savior who will help to erase the memory of 579.
So I would like to hear from all of you Packers faithful, are you worried that Jones is not in camp? At what point will you start to worry or is this just a non-issue?
Check your opinion in the poll at the top of the page – if you already haven’t.
Talk to me!
GO PACK GO!