Pro Bowler Kenny Clark feeling left out from lack of NFL top-100 recognition
Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark recently had the best season of his young playing career in 2019. He was also voted in for his first Pro Bowl appearance last season. However, his peers around the league failed to see his improvement which led him to be snubbed from the NFL’s top-100 list.
The former Green Bay Packers first-round draft pick bared his sentiments to PackersNews.com:
“Sometimes it just messes with my mind,” Clark said, “because I don’t know what (more) I can do or show. I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s clearly, I don’t know if they don’t respect me as much or because I’m inside, they don’t see (me). They don’t know the game, they aren’t watching the film. They don’t see me on tape as much. I’m not making as much splash plays. I don’t know what it is.”
“I gotta get back to work and just keep proving myself again this year. I plan on having another great year and hopefully they see that this year.”
After being drafted by the Packers with the 27th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Clark was slotted in the starting position right away. As a rookie in 2016, Clark finished with 21 tackles and two passes defended in 16 games.
Towards the latter end of his third-year campaign, he suffered an elbow injury in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve on December 25, 2018.
He eventually accounted for 62 total tackles, 6 sacks, and a forced fumble last season. He also appeared in all 16 games last season for the first time in his career. His steady contribution led the Packers to pick up the fifth-year option on Clark’s rookie contract back in April 2019.
With one more year to play in Wisconsin, he hopes to finally make his mark and emerge as a household name in the league. More importantly, he aims to contribute to more wins for the Packers to be able to make a deeper playoff push in the upcoming season.