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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cole Excels for Packers, Defensive Line Play Impressive



October 2, 2008

One thing I wanted to note after going back and watching most of Colin Cole’s snaps this season - Cole has really taken his game to the next level. For a long time, up until and through training camp as a matter of fact, I thought Cole was just a complete waste of space, simply a big body that could give Pickens and Jolly a breather.

Boy was I wrong.

So far this season, Cole has done a great job of holding the point of attack and clearing the line for Hawk and Barnett to make plays, much better than in previous seasons. It seems he’s just a bit stronger this year than in years past. But where his play has really jumped is in diagnosing the pass, getting off of blocks and getting pressure on the quarterback. I mean, it’s shocking how much he’s finding himself in the opposing backfield, which simply never happened before this year.

Now don’t get me wrong - Cole didn’t become Albert Haynesworth overnight or anything. But his improved play is just the kind of thing the Packers will need to see more of in order to compensate for the loss of Jenkins for the year.

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