Penn State fans will certainly miss seeing Saquon Barkley next year as the running back has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Just a day after he rushed for 137 yards while helping the No. 9 Nittany Lions secure a 35-28 win over No. 11 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl, Barkley announced his intentions to declare for the draft in a statement on Instagram. He captioned the photo, Farewell Penn State, thank you for everything!
God has blessed me with the opportunity to pursue the dream I have had since I was a little kid of playing in the NFL, Barkley wrote.
Despite all of his accolades, coach James Franklin said he’s an even better person than he is a player.
Saquon Barkley is a once in a lifetime type of player and it has been an honor to coach him and watch him grow into a fantastic young man, Franklin said in a statement. As good of a player as he is, he is an even better person and I look forward to watching him achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.
The Packers, who ranked 22nd in total defense this season and were 21st in points allowed, also are expected to make several changes to the defensive coaching staff.
Green Bay (7-9) gave up 356 yards of offense in Sunday’s 35-11 loss to the Lions as the Cory Spangenberg Jersey Packers finished an injury-plagued season.
Elite Mens Willie Young Jersey Capers installed a 3-4 defense when he was hired in 2009 and the change from a 4-3 scheme found early success. The Packers improved from 21st to second in total defense in 2009. They were fifth in total defense and second in points the following year, and Capers’ defense was a big reason Green Bay went on to win Super Bowl XLV.
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But the Packers defense has regressed since, failing to finish in the top 10 since 2010. When the Packers went 15-1 in 2011, they had the NFL’s highest-scoring team, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but the defense ranked dead last and was shredded in a 37-20 home playoff loss to the Giants.