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Datone Jones: I won’t be satisfied until I’m best in the league

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Like many rookies, Packers defensive end Datone Jones struggled to make a big impact in his first NFL season.

Jones saw limited snaps as part of the team’s defensive line rotation, leaving some wondering whether the 2013 first-round pick would live up to that status. Jones is confident that all will work out fine, though. He made a big step forward in his second collegiate season and expects to make similar gains after “working really hard” this offseason. Not that Jones will feel fulfilled by earning more playing time this time around.

“I won’t be satisfied until I’m the best in the league,” Jones said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s the only way I’d be satisfied. Other than that, I still won’t be satisfied until I retire. No matter what year I have next year or the years to come, I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied. Even if I have a great all-pro year, I still won’t be satisfied. I want to get better.”

Jones had 3.5 sacks in his brief appearances last season, so there were definitely flashes of the kind of production that the Packers were looking for when they selected Jones. With Julius Peppers and Mike Daniels on hand, Jones isn’t likely to see his playing time skyrocket in 2014 but similar results in increased snaps would put some needed teeth into Green Bay’s front seven while bumping Jones a bit closer to satisfaction.

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47 Responses to “Datone Jones: I won’t be satisfied until I’m best in the league”
  1. stellarperformance says: Jul 6, 2014 3:37 PM

    If the guy is speaking from the heart, words like this can’t hurt his personal motivation. But if it’s just bluster and has been heard by a thousand players before him, please just shut up. Save the words and prove it first. We’ll listen…..I promise……but prove it first. This isn’t the Vikings for crying out loud.

  2. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 6, 2014 3:37 PM

    Great Work ethic and understanding that there is always room for improvement and aspects of the game on which to work.

    He is not in the NFL just for a paycheck.

  3. spliff219 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:40 PM

    looks like your just never gonna be satisfied

  4. ariani1985 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:43 PM

    Thanks for the good laugh! Earth to you! You play for the worst defense in the history of man kind! I think you 11 ladies slept through tackling 1 on 1!

  5. thevikesarebest says: Jul 6, 2014 3:45 PM

    The packers defense has more holes in it than the cheese that stupid packer fans wear on their head.have fun gettin to 8-8 with that “o line” and “defense”.

  6. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 6, 2014 3:48 PM

    This is the brainwashing the whiners to the west talk about. Life for a Packer player and a few other select franchises by never being content is what separates a perennial playoff franchise and one that finishes last perennially like the queens. Just look what happened to Jennings once he left the winning mentality he became an underperforming whining diva.

  7. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 6, 2014 3:51 PM

    BUST

  8. ishallcomment says: Jul 6, 2014 4:04 PM

    just stay healthy.

  9. dragonfly99 says: Jul 6, 2014 4:12 PM

    Then it is time to start performing up to those expectations.

  10. thehatefulnerd says: Jul 6, 2014 4:14 PM

    Well he’s no longer a rookie, so maybe Dom will give him a few more snaps.

    Kid’s bulked up too. Don’t know why this team is obsessed with drafting players who don’t fit their scheme.

  11. mydoglouie says: Jul 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    I guess championships are overrated

  12. whatjusthapped says: Jul 6, 2014 4:23 PM

    He played for the team that won the division last year, better than last place if you ask me.

  13. tooz72 says: Jul 6, 2014 4:26 PM

    dis guy be da beast!!! yo beast!!!! beast in!!!!

  14. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Jul 6, 2014 4:30 PM

    The kid has a budding comedic career after his playing days are done. A real Henny Youngman.

  15. dethsupport says: Jul 6, 2014 4:35 PM

    Some people just end life unsatisfied. This dude sucks.

  16. hansenbrothers says: Jul 6, 2014 4:38 PM

    Don’t need to be the best Datone, just bulk up, triple your sack total, and earn more playing time.

  17. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 6, 2014 4:43 PM

    If Datone works really hard and somehow manages to stay healthy, he has a chance to avoid being another in a long line of Ted Thompson draft busts. Anything beyond that is unrealistic.

  18. linemanguy74 says: Jul 6, 2014 4:45 PM

    They didn’t win the division it was given to them

  19. chris1cat says: Jul 6, 2014 4:47 PM

    Blah, blah, blah, Another GB first rounder giving the cheeseheads nothing in return. He’ll be riding the pine saying “I’m not satisfied, trade me TT”.

  20. gocaps8 says: Jul 6, 2014 5:29 PM

    Better grab a Snickers.

  21. mark1021 says: Jul 6, 2014 5:33 PM

    It’s hilarious to read the Viqueen fans talk about the “long line of Ted Thompson draft busts” that always manage to beat Minnesota year after year.

  22. revelation123 says: Jul 6, 2014 5:56 PM

    The Packers Defense is going to surprise a lot of people this season.

  23. GenXJay says: Jul 6, 2014 5:57 PM

    datone jones = #never,ever,Bsatisfied

  24. veence69 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:01 PM

    You’ll never be satisfied.

  25. veence69 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:07 PM

    “We’re on the clock, Ted. Who are we going to take with our first pick?”

    Ted looks over draft board, sees Cordarrelle Patterson still on the board, points and says “Dat one”.

    With the 26th pick in the draft, the Packers select Datone Jones..

  26. sonofad says: Jul 6, 2014 6:11 PM

    So many other players on the roster have Super Bowl rings. It must be a little intimidating.

  27. ariani1985 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:28 PM

    Yet in turd you trust?

    #Not abrightfuture

  28. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 6, 2014 6:29 PM

    Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jul 6, 2014 4:43 PM

    If Datone works really hard and somehow manages to stay healthy, he has a chance to avoid being another in a long line of Ted Thompson draft busts. Anything beyond that is unrealistic

    How does a team of draft busts make the playoffs 5 years running while winning the Super Bowl? While all the 1st round picks the queens acquire have you finishing in last place 3 out of 4 years while Spieladope has a 1-9-1 record against Ted Thompson? Your posts are getting really desperate.

  29. ariani1985 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:30 PM

    Dat one! = BUST!

  30. kodatrout says: Jul 6, 2014 6:32 PM

    I’m over the embarrassing NFC North comments on here. The Packets have been the best in this division for basically two decades. If it wasn’t for the Pack this division would have no relevance….so your welcome!!!!!

  31. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 6, 2014 7:06 PM

    Packers are locked and loaded on defense. It’s going to be scary for other teams.

  32. tangysizzl says: Jul 6, 2014 7:15 PM

    At least the guy doesn’t think playing Madden will make him a better player…

  33. beerbratscheese says: Jul 6, 2014 7:31 PM

    For all of you saying “then he’ll never be satisfied”, I’m perfectly fine with that, because that means he’s going to continue to work hard to improve himself. That’s all one can ever really ask for, or expect from, a player. At least we know he’s not going to be an Albert Haynesworth, who gets his big contract and then quits.

    This kid is a phenomenal athlete, and should be capable of putting up pro bowl caliber stats. I’m not saying he will, but just that he should be able to. I’ve seen a lot of players on this team be packed with potential, and then not live up to it. If this kid can back up his talk with performance, he’ll make a lot of Packers fans quite happy.

  34. tommiepickles says: Jul 6, 2014 7:34 PM

    themeccalambeaufield says:

    This is the brainwashing the whiners to the west talk about. Life for a Packer player and a few other select franchises by never being content is what separates a perennial playoff franchise and one that finishes last perennially like the queens. Just look what happened to Jennings once he left the winning mentality he became an underperforming whining diva.

    What about when the greenbay packers were a terrible football team from the early 70s till favre came. Thats only a few winning seasons over the span of 20+ years. wait till rodgers’ decline shows in a few years and wont be able to carry an entire team and packer fans will only live in the past (surprise)

    And when did jennings become an whining diva? He definitely didnt live upto his contract but the qb play didnt help. The onlywhining I heard was from packer fans overreacting to greg answering a question and it was taken out of context.

  35. tommiepickles says: Jul 6, 2014 7:34 PM

    themeccalambeaufield says:

    This is the brainwashing the whiners to the west talk about. Life for a Packer player and a few other select franchises by never being content is what separates a perennial playoff franchise and one that finishes last perennially like the queens. Just look what happened to Jennings once he left the winning mentality he became an underperforming whining diva.

    What about when the greenbay packers were a terrible football team from the early 70s till favre came. Thats only a few winning seasons over the span of 20+ years. wait till rodgers’ decline shows in a few years and wont be able to carry an entire team and packer fans will only live in the past (surprise)

    And when did jennings become a whining diva? He definitely didnt live upto his contract but the qb play didnt help. The only whining I heard was from packer fans overreacting to greg answering a question and it was taken out of context.

  36. txbearmeat says: Jul 6, 2014 9:46 PM

    thevikesarebest says:

    “The packers defense has more holes in it than the cheese that stupid packer fans wear on their head.have fun gettin to 8-8 with that “o line” and “defense”.

    I’ll give you the defense – it needs to get better. But I’m going to add the HUGE caveat that GB was literally down to it’s 10th LB by the SF game in January. But the OL? C’mon man! GB’s OL was rated in the top 10 by many top stats analyzers last year. (I can’t provide links here because PFT will take the post down).

    Get your facts straight if you don’t want to sound like a fool. Or maybe that was your point….

  37. purplezimmerpride says: Jul 6, 2014 9:56 PM

    Sigh, looks like my Vikings will still be the NFC North worst defense.

  38. GenXJay says: Jul 6, 2014 10:10 PM

    purplezimmerpride,
    There’s always yoga.

  39. pkrlvr says: Jul 6, 2014 10:26 PM

    How can the guys at the bottom talk sssooooo much junk about the guys at the top? Its like reality doesn’t matter. You talk about our defense when your is worse!? How does that make sense? Draft busts? When’s the last time your team won a sb? Or even the division. You keep talking in the summer and we keep winning in the fall. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  40. veence69 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:13 AM

    Softest team in the league.

  41. enigma2742 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:35 AM

    your setting yourself up

  42. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 7, 2014 12:54 AM

    Any player that has had the dreaded high ankle sprain and played through it ends up with a season that is far less than they and the team expected. He was a beast before it and will be a beast now that he’s healthy.

    I’d be more worried if I was the fan of a team with Cutler or Casselwater as my starting QB.

  43. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 7, 2014 12:56 AM

    Hey Pickles- in case you weren’t aware, the Packers have the most championships in the entire NFL. The Vikings have 0.

    THE END

  44. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 7, 2014 1:41 AM

    I thought it was obvious that Aaron Rodgers was the only reason the Packers win. That’s why Ted can get away with drafting so many busts. Did that look like a team of world beaters last year when Rodgers went out?

    Packers’ winning % without Rodgers: .313

    Vikings’ winning % without Rodgers: .344

    Vikings’ winning % without Ponder or Freeman: .571

  45. gtodriver says: Jul 7, 2014 8:34 AM

    pkrlvr says:

    How can the guys at the bottom talk sssooooo much junk about the guys at the top?
    ___________________

    Because when the Vikes have a bad season or two, we know that will quickly change.

    Unlike the Packers, who are known to have gone 25 full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in the playoffs.

    One would wonder why Packer fans puff out their chest so much with that fact on their record…

  46. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 7, 2014 9:58 AM

    Having won 13 World Titles gives us the right. We are not called Titletown for nothing. By the way aren’t you going on 53 years of futility. That’s one heck of a dynasty.

  47. axespray says: Jul 7, 2014 11:14 AM

    He had more sacks in his rookie season than Calias Campbell.

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