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Rashad Greene has missed nearly twice as many games as he’s played in three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars Darius Leonard Jersey , leaving the receiver with plenty to prove going into the final year of his rookie contract.

 

It’s not an ideal position. It’s also not one Greene seems concerned about.

”I’m a deep thinker and I’m aware that life is going to hit you sometimes,” Greene said after minicamp Wednesday. ”It’s hitting me this way, and it’s my job. You’ve got to be able to bounce back and be strong and show that you can overcome adversity. It builds character and makes you a better person.”

He’s counting on it making him a better player, too.

Just being healthy is a good start.

Greene missed seven games as a rookie in 2015 because of a broken thumb. He missed eight more the following year because of an Achilles injury. He sat out all of last season with an ailing back.

Even with the injuries mounting, his confidence never wavered.

So it didn’t bother him when the Jaguars signed Donte Moncrief to a one-year, $9.6 million deal in free agency or when they selected DJ Chark in the second round of the NFL draft.

”I wasn’t thinking, `Oh, this is the end,’ or getting agitated with what was going on,” Greene said. ”You’ve got to make plays. At the end of the day, it’s a job, and if you don’t make plays, you’re not going to make the team. That’s imperative.

”You can’t have anxiety. You just got to relax, have fun and make plays.”

Greene would have been considered a long shot to make Jacksonville’s roster just a few weeks ago. But the former Florida State standout, a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 Deion Sanders Jersey , has made his share of plays during organized team activities.

He’s been so impressive that he looks like a strong option to be part of a rotation that includes Marqise Lee, Moncrief, Keelan Cole and Chark.

”A lot of times when you are injured, you do not have that ability to showcase what you can do,” coach Doug Marrone said. ”I think he went through that last year and right now he is healthy, performing well and looking a lot like the player that I first saw when he came here, making plays and doing things.

”I think that if he keeps continuing the way he does and continues to play this way during training camp and the preseason, he will be heavily involved in the mix of making this team.”

Greene has 24 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He’s been more dynamic on special teams, returning 39 punts for 432 yards and a score. He averaged 16.7 yards a punt return as a rookie.

But injuries have been his more prominent story line.

”He is definitely versatile,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. ”He is a smooth wide receiver that has a lot of good quick shake and control of his body. He is a guy that we are excited to see as the pads come on and as training camp goes. We just want to keep seeing him. He is doing everything he can to put himself in position to get out on the field.”

And maybe watch less and play more.

”All I can ask for is a chance,” Greene said. ”And the organization is giving me that. It feels great to be out there and competing. I’m having fun, and I can live with the results.”

Coaching runs deep in Mike Pettine’s family.

Vacations to the Jersey shore as a child gave the Green Bay Packers‘ defensive coordinator a glimpse of the life. His father, a high school football coach in suburban Philadelphia, took a briefcase to the beach, settled a chair into the sand and went to work.

”I do the same … But it’s a backpack. I’m a little more with the times Adidas Derick Brassard Jersey ,” Pettine said.

The lessons passed on by dad stay with him to this day.

Mike Pettine Sr., who died in Feburary 2017, was one of the most successful coaches in Pennsylvania prep history. Pettine, 51, is coaching again in the NFL after being hired by head coach Mike McCarthy to oversee the Packers defense. He returned after largely staying out of football following a two-year stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, serving as a consultant with Seattle in 2017.

”I thought it was normal for everybody else’s dad to carry a briefcase on to the beach,” Pettine said after a recent Packers practice. ”He always had (football) on his mind, it was always there. If it wasn’t direct, it was always kind of lurking. He always had pen and paper close, if an idea popped into his head.”

Those ideas often worked.

The elder Pettine won 326 games at Central Bucks West High School and four state titles. He retired in 1999 following a third consecutive unbeaten season.

Pettine played for his father and later served as an assistant coach. He ended up across the field from his father, too, after taking the head coaching job at rival North Penn – matchups that often made Philadelphia-area headlines. Pettine took over a team that went from hovering at about .500 to challenging his father’s team for state supremacy.

All five head-to-head meetings went to Dad.

”The headline `Father knows best’ was getting a little bit old,” Pettine quipped.

The elder Pettine was a Philadelphia Eagles fan, though he had no qualms about rooting for whatever team that his son was working for as he climbed the NFL coaching ladder. Pettine’s first stop in the pros came in 2002 as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.

Dad would serve as a consultant. Pettine would send him DVDs to view film. Later, he could watch on an iPad.

”A lot of times he would start the conversations with Evander Kane Sharks Jersey , `I know I’m just a high school football coach, however …,”’ Pettine recounted. ”He would give us 10 things and they were all dead on. … He just had a great eye for the game.”

A high school coach can sometimes resemble a drill sergeant on the job. The style in the NFL is a bit different. For Pettine, it’s about creating an environment where players and coaches work together.

But he admired the way his father adjusted to players in a career that started in the 1960s.

”I thought his strength was his ability to adapt, where he goes from an age of kids where they never questioned authority and by the time he finished that had essentially flipped,” he said.

”And I think you have to be able to adapt, and I feel the same way when you’re working with NFL players,” he said. ”I just think it’s important to know your audience, understand that you’re working with the, trying to help them be successful, which in turn will help you be successful.”

Team film sessions at CB West with Pettine Sr., on Mondays after Friday games stick out, too.

”You would never know (they won) if you sat in on those film sessions – you would think they lost by 30 when they had won by 30,” Pettine said. ”But I’m a big believer in there’s no better teaching tool than seeing it on film. You paint a picture, you show a guy Joe Montana Jersey Limited , `Hey, this is how it’s supposed to look.”’

It was a way that his father held his players accountable, which is also important to Pettine.

”My dad said, `Stop the projector, turn on the lights. Quick, stand up and explain to your teammates what you were just doing.’ Nobody wanted that to happen,” Pettine said. ”And that’s something I’ve always believed, being honest with your players, being direct, that’s by far the best way to go about things.”

With one big difference.

”I don’t turn on the lights,” Pettine said with a laugh.

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