Packers athlete Rashan Gary makes learning top priority
GREEN BAY, Wis. Rashan Gary is his own worst critic Darnell Savage Jr. T-Shirt. Nobody is harder on him than himself.But the rookie outside linebacker is trying to not allow that to get the best of him as he figures his way in Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettinedefense.Im just trying to understand that if I mess up in practice, I still have a couple more team periods to erase it, Gary said on Friday after Green Baysecond practice of training camp Delontae Scott Salute to Service Hoodie. But Im always hard on myself. Im the hardest person when it comes to breaking down my own film. But ita learning process. I know Im at the point where Im able to do certain things I know I need to do. I know I can execute. Garylocker is nestled between outside linebackers Preston Smith and ZaDarius Smith. Gary said hejust trying to soak up as much knowledge as he can from the two veterans.Those two guys are just molding me, Gary said. Everything theyre doing Gerald Willis III Salute to Service Hoodie, Im following in their footsteps.Green Bay acquired the two Smiths in March to bolster its pass-rush personnel. The Packers drafted Gary the following month with the 12th overall pick to do the same.With the release of former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Mike Daniels earlier this week, Gary could be asked to do more. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer at Michigan said thatnot a problem.If coach wants me to play the 3 , then Im going to go rush at the 3, he said. If you want me to stay outside, keep rushing outside, thatwhat Im about to do. Day by day, Ive just been working on perfecting my craft and becoming the best I can for this team.Garylisted as an outside linebacker but played both defensive end and defensive tackle while at Michigan. When asked what position he prefers, Gary kept it simple Im an athlete Youth Green Bay Packers T-Shirts. I dont know how else to put it. I feel like whatever the coach wants me to do, I could do it.Preston Smith, a fifth-year veteran who played his first four seasons in Washington, said henever seen a player at Garyheight and weight that also has his athleticism. The 6-foot-5, 277-pound Gary ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, the fastest by any defensive lineman in this yearevent.Hea good kid, Preston said. He has his head on right. Healways willing to come in and learn. He loves to compete. He always wants to get better. Being a young kid, I just try to tell him, Man, dont let it get to your head, because sometimes he thinks henot doing as good as he knows he can.I have to tell him, Youre still doing good, man. Just watch the film and improve on it and try to polish up certain areas of your game.'The priority for Gary is just to learn. Learn as much as he can as quickly as he can. Gary said he has already picked up from Aaron Rodgers that hetipping some of his coverages. Gary said hetalked with Rodgers about how to better disguise his plans on the field.Gary and the Packers first preseason test will come Aug. 8 at Lambeau Field against the Texans. The two teams will hold joint practices Aug Dean Lowry T-Shirt. 5-6 in Green Bay. Gary said he will be keeping a close eye on three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.When it comes to people that are taking over the game from rushing the passer to setting the edge and playing the run having a guy like J.J. Watt come down, a guy I look at and watch his film, I cant wait to watch him. Itgoing to be a good thing. But Im going to watch from a distance and make sure I take my notes on him.Notes S Darnell Savage , CB Josh Jackson and K Mason Crosby missed their second straight practice of training camp. LB Kendall Donnerson left with a hamstring injury. The Packers signed RB Corey Grant and DL Olive Sagapolu and released DL Eric Cotton. Grant was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he played under now Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.