Packers’ Donald Driver: “I’d play Special Teams”
Packers WR Donald Driver doesn’t really need an introduction, the four-time Pro Bowler is the Green Bay Franchise leader in receptions and receiving yards – arguably the best to ever play the position for the team.
Things haven’t been so great for him as of late, he’s seemed to find himself on the inactive list lately In fact, just last week when the Packers hosted the Vikings in the Wild Card round of the Playoffs, Driver was inactive at Lambeau in what was likely his last home game. A sad way to send out a Packers legend.
With all the shiny new toys that the Packers have on offense, Driver has found himself at the bottom of the depth chart. He only has eight receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns this season. His last game action was November 18th, and Driver wants to do anything it takes to get on the field and help out his team.
Even if that means playing Special Teams.
“I said, ‘I’d like to play special teams if you guys need me,’ ” Driver said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The thing is when you’ve played this long in your career, they don’t think that a veteran guy wants to play because sometimes it’s like a kick in the . . . I didn’t think that. I didn’t think that at all. I looked at it as an opportunity to play and have fun. That’s what I want to do. I asked them and they said, ‘Sure.’ I’m back on it. We’ll see. We’ll see.”
He’s right, some coaches even use Special Teams play as a threat to veteran players that are lax throughout the week, and they don’t like it. For Driver however, it may be his only opportunity to help out the team.
It’s widely assumed that this will be Driver’s last season in the league as he’s up against retirement, and he says that he don’t want to suit up for another team.
When asked if he’d be activated Saturday in San Francisco, Driver said he thought that he would, but “we’ll see”.
When head coach Mike McCarthy was asked, he praised Driver as a teammate and touched on the fact that he could be inactive, but it wasn’t quite clear yet.
“We’ve had conversations of late here, with part of what’s going on with him being active and inactive, and he’s handled it very well,” McCarthy said. “He’s an excellent teammate. Everybody clearly understands what he means to this organization and what he’s done. He’s out there preparing every day, getting ready to play. He may have an opportunity this week; we’ll see how it shakes down.”
I for one hope that he’s on the field for more than Special Teams. He’s been fun to watch in the league, and I’d hate to see him fade away in the dark. Of course, this is the Playoffs, and they’ll want to have their best options on the field when the offense is on. Unfortunately for Driver, he’s not one of them at this point.
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