This Week's Chat:
Who: LB Brady Poppinga
Date:Friday, Nov 17, 2006
Time: approx. 12:45 p.m. CT
A fourth-round draft pick from BYU in 2005, Brady Poppinga was an immediate contributor to the Packers' special teams units, finishing second on the team with 22 coverage stops, one behind fellow rookie Marviel Underwood.
His rookie campaign was shortened by a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, forcing him to miss the last three games of the season. Prior to the injury, Poppinga was on pace to match Guy Prather's 1981 franchise record of 27 coverage tackles.
After an incredibly speedy recovery from the ACL injury, Poppinga in 2006 has played in all nine games, starting eight of them at 'Sam' linebacker (he did not start one contest when the team opened in its nickel package) and most recently recorded his third career sack last week at Minnesota.
"I don't think anybody would ever suggest Brady Poppinga didn't have a linebacker's mentality," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said when asked about Poppinga's high-wired personality. "(The sack vs. Minnesota) was a big impact play he had on the pressure there. Once again, he's a young football player. He's a young player to come off a major injury. So he's had some obstacles to overcome in a short time this year, and he's another player you just see improving every week."
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