Having already been named our offseason MVP, Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark must be feeling good.
Coach Mike McCarthy loves how Clark has bulked up in the weight room. How does Clark feel?
Pretty damn awesome!
“I feel a lot more confident, just about myself, and the work I put into this offseason,” Clark said. “That’s one of the main things. I’m extremely confident in my abilities, and what I can bring to the table this year.”
Let’s break it down. There are several things going in Clark’s favor right now.
- He’s entering his second season and, unless you’re Davante Adams, players pretty much always improve from season one to season two.
- Although he was non-factor for much of his rookie season, Clark did finish it strong. That’s as good an indication as any that he will be a factor in 2017.
- Since UCLA was in session during last year’s OTAs, Clark didn’t have the benefit of the Packers’ full offseason program (much like Kevin King, this year). A full offseason can only benefit Clark.
So yes, as much as we like to joke about the stupid offseason MVP label or the vaunted “second-year jump,” Clark could and should show tremendous improvement from season one to season two.
And that starts with confidence in yourself and knowing the system.
The Packers may finally have someone who can play near the level of — and take some of the pressure off — Mike Daniels on the defensive line.