Packers DT Kenny Clark reveals what he learned most from Mike Daniels
The release of veteran pass rusher Mike Daniels is something that has caused a serious shift in the dynamic of the Green Bay Packers’ defense. In his seven seasons with Green Bay, he put together 29 sacks from the interior of the defensive line and earned a 2017 Pro Bowl selection. But now as he enters his age 30 season, he will be joining another franchise to call home.
The hole left on the defensive line after his release is something felt by the whole Green Bay Packers team. One of the players impacted is someone that played alongside him on the defensive line in Kenny Clark.
When asked about what he learned most from the Pro Bowler, Clark gave a very long and detailed explanation of what he picked up from Daniels. He talked about the strong work ethic and mindset of the veteran pass rusher. And the 23-year-old pass rusher also gave high praise to the veteran’s use of the bull rush and how Daniels felt that he could beat anyone that tried to match up to him.
#Packers DL Kenny Clark said he got a chance to speak with Mike Daniels on the phone after yesterday’s release. Clark said he mostly just thanked Daniels for the example he set.
Just asked Clark what he learned from Daniels and hopes to carry forward. His answer was expansive. pic.twitter.com/ehr6C8oZcu
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) July 25, 2019
This sort of behavior is contagious for any young player looking to improve their game at the next level. And when applied to a former first-round talent in Kenny Clark, it’s only going to make him that much better as a pillar of the defense.
He saw his sack totals jump from 4.5 in 2017 to an impressive six last season at the nose tackle position. And as the UCLA product looks to take over the spot of where Daniels left behind, he should be able to make even more of an impact in 2019.