Packers’ defensive line all business going into 2017 – Green Bay Packers News

Packers’ defensive line all business going into 2017 – Green Bay Packers News

GREEN BAY – Ricky Jean Francois pulled into the St. Norbert College dorms around 10 p.m. last Tuesday, on the eve of his first training camp as a member of the Packers.

The veteran defensive lineman, filled with anticipation and excitement for another NFL season, wasn’t sure with whom he’d be rooming when he first opened the door.

A quick scan of his dorm didn’t offer any further clues. The room was dark and quiet. It wasn’t until Jean Francois flicked on the lights he saw fellow defensive tackle Mike Daniels lying down on his bed with headphones on.

Eyes shut and sound asleep.

“I’m like, damn, it’s only 10 o’clock,” Jean Francois said. “It’s like, I guess I better start going to bed early now since he’s going to bed early.”

This is the tone that’s been set in the defensive line room for years now. It’s a business mentality built on work ethic, brotherhood, and perhaps most importantly, attitude.

It starts with Daniels, the bellowing voice of the front and the face of the Packers’ interior pass rush. A two-time Pro Bowl alternate, the 6-foot, 312-pound defensive tackle carries a chip the size of his home state of New Jersey on each shoulder pad.

Jean Francois heard stories about Daniels long before signing with Green Bay in March. He’s boisterous, assertive and an absolute pain for interior offensive linemen to deal with.

What Jean Francois didn’t realize until joining the team for the start of the Packers’ offseason program is how Daniels has helped galvanize a young defensive line that boasts 2016 draft picks Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry.

By far, this is the youngest defensive…

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