New Viking Desmond Bishop looking forward to facing Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers Talks New Contract: ‘I’ve Felt Like I’ve Had To Justify Myself Every Year’

Bishop, however, didadmit he looks forward to facing Packers Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice this season. “A lot of people called and texted, ‘You want to get back at the Packers,'” Bishop said Tuesday morning during an appearance on NFL Network. “It’s not about that. It’s more so trying to play the best and if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, that right Clay Matthews Jersey there in itself is a motivation. You want to play against the best. “Just like when I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished the most were playing against the Vikings because I got a chance to play against Adrian Peterson . So little stuff like that, that’s my mindset. I want to play against the best and it was an opportunity to play against Aaron Rodgers two times a year. That was kind of unique and something I really liked, but that’s just the kind of person I am. That’s just me.” Bishop, who was released by the Packers last week, also received interest fromKansas City, Jacksonville, Baltimore and the New York Giants. Pro Football Talk reported thatBishop agreed to acontract that could be worth up to $1.35 million but at the low end likelywouldpay $840,000, or the minimum for a player with seven years of experience.


The veteran made only 21 of 33 field goals (league-worst 63.6 percent) in the regular season. Now, for the first time since he kicked aside incumbent Dave Rayner in a preseason battle his rookie season in 2007, Crosby is competing to keep his job. His adversary in training camp will be left-footed Giorgio Tavecchio, an unheralded first-year player. NOTES, QUOTES –Maybe Brad Jones had good reason to sing the virtues of head coach Mike McCarthy’s revised offseason schedule this year. “I think it was the best OTAs I’ve ever been a part of,” Jones, a fifth-year veteran, said as the Packers were completing their organized team activities the second week of June. A few days later, the smile that accompanied Jones’ ringing endorsement had to have grown wider. That’s because general manager Ted Thompson went ahead with an anticipated cut of Desmond Bishop on June 17. Bishop’s departure all but ensures Jones will continue to start alongside A.J. Hawk at inside linebacker going into the coming season. Jones started the final 12 games of last season at the position after D.J.

Theres jokes every now and then, but Im trying to be the same person in the locker room that I was when I was a backup and working on the scout team. It gives you an extra responsibility that you take care of the people that are important to you and realize that you have an opportunity to make an even bigger difference in your community and in your world. Rodgers isnt worried about having to live up to the contract and he shouldnt. The Packers paid him for future performance but they did so using a strong body of work to make a judgment. You know, Ive felt like Ive had to justify myself every year, so this is nothing different, he said. I wouldnt look at it as a burden. When they drafted me, I wanted to prove I was worthy of being a first-round draft pick. When they named me the starter, I felt like I had to prove that I was worthy of being a starter. When we went 6-10 the first year, I felt like I had to prove that I belonged in this league and we could get to the playoffs. When we didnt win in the playoffs (in 2009), I had to prove that I could help this team win a playoff game. When we won a Super Bowl, I had to prove that it wasnt a fluke, that we could have another good season.


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