Things are not all sunshine and roses in the world of the Green Bay Packers right now. But one thing the Packers should be happy about, is the play of defensive lineman Mike Daniels.
The Packers gave Mike Daniels a four-year extension, last December and after seeing the way he has continued to play at a high level, has to make Green Bay feel good about it. And through two games, the case could be made that Daniels has been the Packers’ best player.
Statistically, his numbers may not be off the charts, but five tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack are still solid numbers. And even so, he has made more of an impact than the stats show. He registered one sack against the Vikings and a tackle for loss, but he also had three pressures.
Daniels was also played a key role in limiting Adrian Peterson to 19 carries on 12 yards. He has also helped Green Bay lead the league in fewest rushing yards allowed in the NFL, after surrendering just 78 yards in two games or 39 yards per contest.
Daniels has quietly become one of the most dominant interior defensive lineman in the league. yet he still hasn’t gone to the Pro Bowl. But week after week, he makes plays.
One of the biggest questions surrounding the Packers’ defense entering the season was whether it could stop the run. Well, Daniels and the defensive line, which was supposed to weak due to reduced depth, has responded in a big way and has played as well against the run as any team in the league.
In terms of the pass rush, Daniels has played a vital role pushing the pocket and has helped the Packers notch seven sacks in two games.
Whether he gets is due at the end of the day or not, there is no question that Daniels is playing like an All-Pro to start 2016.