GREEN BAY - Consistency, it's a word you'll hear consistently in the Packers locker room and it's a concept the Packers take seriously from the top of the roster down.
"It's about being consistent,” Aaron Rodgers said. “I can see this year more than anything one word we've talked about is sacrifice. Sacrificing for the good of the team and putting the team and the needs of the team in front of the needs of the self."
While Rodgers is a former league MVP second year linebacker Terrell Manning is just carve out his niche within the team. Consistency is a key for him as well. "It's a big thing in the NFL you've got 11 guys out there on the field doing their jobs and you don't want to be the only one not getting it done,” Manning said. “So that's what it is right now, consistency and making sure I get everyone lined up in the right places."
Consistency shows up on the field for both the player and the coaches in the manner in which they try to improve the team. Coach McCarthy explained the team’s goals when they begin practice. "The outlook and how we prepare each and every day is to create opportunities for these players to get our quality of play to rise week to week and I thought we improved as a team on the practice field today," McCarthy.
With 90 players on the Packers training camp roster there's only so many opportunities to impress the coaches and prove they belong on the team. For some players those opportunities come in practice for other's it's in the games.
Tight end DJ Williams pointed out a couple of plays he felt he should have made during the first exhibition game against Arizona as examples of failing to be consistent. Williams plans on improving moving forward. "Just step up more in the offense, become more of a play maker whether it's in the run game or the pass game so I don't want to miss those opportunities when they come up," Williams said.
Rookie wide receiver Tyrone Walker explained that being consistent is a good way to endear yourself to veteran teammates. That's probably the most important thing just showing your consistency,” Walker said. “The quarterback will be able to trust you more if you're consistent all the time. So the more I get better and could not make mistakes the more he can lean on me as well as the other guys."
Fellow rookie receiver Alex Gillett added, "Every day you go out there you improve. That's my goal the whole time and hopefully they think the same thing."
Getting a little better, every day, now that is consistency.
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