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19.07.2019 05:48
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e lineman James Looney to get ready to face Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald.Other than sharing jersey No. 99 , Donald and Looney have little in common. Looney was one of Green Bay's seventh-round draft picks this year, failed to make the roster and has been toiling on the practice squad. Donald, meanwhile, is the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year and leads the NFL with eight sacks.Still, Looney made for a solid Donald stand-in for the Packers this week."I think Looney actually did a really good job this week trying to emulate Donald," left guard Lane Taylor said, "and being that elusive, athletic, active kind of guy for us."At 6-foot-1 and 285 pounds, Donald is equal parts speed and strength, tenaciousness and technique. The Rams' first-round pick in 2014, his 4.68-seconds time in the 40-yard dash before that draft is tied for the fastest for any interior defensive lineman in the history of the NFL combine.That speed is almost impossible to mimic on the practice field. But, Looney's 4.89 time was among the fastest for an interior defensive lineman at this year's combine."I think the biggest thing is you've got to have a guy fresh in there going full speed all the time," center Corey Linsley said. "Looney was in there and did a heck of a job. He put in a good work week. He did a hell of a job. Kudos to him."No matter how opponents prepare during the week, Donald has been a terror.After posting 11 sacks and five forced fumbles last season Dante Fowler Jr Jersey , he had four sacks in last week's rout of San Francisco, the most by any player in the league this season. Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips moves him up and down the defensive line. Against the 49ers, he had sacks when lining up at left defensive end, left defensive tackle and right defensive tackle."He's unique, there's no doubt about it," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "He has the whole deal. He's so powerful and quick. What he's able to accomplish in phone-booth football is the challenge. He's got great power (and) quickness, and he's obviously very much in tune with what the other guy is doing. I think he has very good instincts and awareness, and his anticipation is very high."Green Bay has struggled to protect the quarterback this season. Playing through an injured left knee, Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 19 times in six games and Green Bay is No. 23 in sack percentage. Donald, a Pro Bowler following each of his four seasons, will provide a major challenge for the linemen, quarterback and coaches.Coming off their bye week, Donald has been at the forefront of the coaches' thoughts as Green Bay enters a challenging a five-game stretch against the Rams, Patriots, Dolphins Nicholas Scott Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , Seahawks and Vikings - teams with a combined record of 23-10-1."We've given a lot of thought to every single pass route that we put up on the board and we draw up and we diagram and we give to the players," offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. "We want to know where 99 is. We want to know how we're going to handle 99."So does every offense, but Donald has sacked a lot of game plans in his four-plus seasons."You've got to be aware of where he's at," Rodgers said. "He's one of the more dominant players that the league has seen in a number of years. . He's a menace inside. You've got to find a way to try to get bodies on him, slow him down and get him some different looks."NOTES: The Packers are relatively healthy coming off their bye-week break. Rodgers is off the injury report, as are receiver Geronimo Allison (hamstring) and cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin). Receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring) is questionable but fully participated in practice. Cobb missed the last three games, while Allison and Alexander missed the last two. ... After practice, the team left for Los Angeles. The Chargers had struggled with their pass rush and keeping opponents out of the end zone in their first four games.But Los Angeles is hoping that Sunday's 26-10 victory over Oakland signals a change for the rest of the season.The Chargers sacked the Raiders' Derek Carr three times and allowed only one touchdown. They had allowed the fifth-most points in the league and were ranked in the bottom half of the league in sacks and quarterback pressures after the first quarter of the season."A game like that should give them a lot of confidence. Our defense is getting better," coach Anthony Lynn said Monday.The Chargers (3-2) have not been at full strength defensively all season, but they are starting to get some valuable players back. Defensive tackle Corey Liuget returned from his four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancers, which helped free up the number of times that Melvin Ingram was double-teamed.Ingram, who struggled during the first three games, has played better in the past two. Ingram tied for the team lead in tackles with seven along with a sack and his first regular-season interception.Philip Rivers and the offense converted both Raiders' turnovers into touchdowns."If we can create turnovers and get our offense the ball, we got one of the most high-powered offenses in this league, so we are trying to get them the ball every time we can Los Angeles Rams Jerseys 2019 ," Ingram said.Another reason for the Chargers' success against the Raiders was that they were stingy on third down. They came into the Oakland game allowing the fourth-highest conversion rate on third down (46.8 percent), but the Raiders converted just one of six during the first half and four of 11 for the game.One area where the Chargers have done well the first five weeks is stopping the run. Oakland's Marshawn Lynch came into the game fourth in the league in rushing, but was held to 31 yards on nine carries.Los Angeles has allowed only 100-yard rusher all season (the Rams' Todd Gurley) despite also facing Kansas City's Kareem Hunt, Buffalo's LeSean McCoy and San Francisco's Matt Breida. Six running backs went over the century mark against the Chargers last season, including Hunt twice.They will face a big challenge this week against Cleveland (2-2-1), which is No. 2 in the league in rushing offense with Carlos Hyde, Nick Chubb and mobile quarterback Baker Mayfield.Lynn said that defensive end Joey Bosa, who has missed all five games because of a foot injury, could practice this week in a limited capacity. Even if Bosa isn't back until after the Oct. 28 bye week, Lynn is seeing his unit make more progress in making plays without Bosa."We're starting to get more comfortable with the different schemes we are doing," Lynn said. "We are doing some different things with coverages and also bringing different people on blitzes."NOTES: Lynn said that Caleb Sturgis will be the kicker against the Browns despite missing his fourth extra point on Sunday. Sturgis is likely to remain the kicker for at least two more games, but needs to gain consistency if he is going to keep his job. ... Right tackle Joe Barksdale could return to practice this week but will be limited. Barksdale has missed the past four games after suffering a knee injury in the Sept. 9 opener against Kansas City.Follow Joe Reedy at s://joereedy

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