The remarkable rise of Zombo looks ready for a sequel.
(Yes, it’s Frank Zombo, Packers outside linebacker. But if anyone should just have one name, it’s Zombo. Let’s do this.)
Zombo started nine games last year as an undrafted player, including the Super Bowl. An injury to Erik Walden put Zombo back in the starting lineup against Pittsburgh, and he’s stuck there throughout training camp, despite a challenge from Walden and last year’s Week One starter Brad Jones.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette says Zombo has been the “most consistent” of the trio and clearly looks like the favorite to start opposite Clay Matthews against the Saints three weeks from Thursday. (Yes, it’s that soon. Sweet.)
Because this is Green Bay, Demovsky has “records” for all three linebackers in 1-on-1 pass rush drills from camp. Which is awesome. Zombo is 7-7, Walden is 6-11, and Jones is 4-15.
“My pass rush has been great. I think I’m dropping [into coverage] well and I understand the defense,” Zombo said. “So yeah, I feel like in a way it’s my job to lose.”