It Should Be Desmond Bishop Time
Hard-hitting Linebacker sits and Watches as Mediocre RB Cedric Benson Carves Packers
By Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel
Sept. 24, 2009
Green Bay — The way the Green Bay Packers played run defense last week, you would think they’d want to take a look at incorporating linebacker Desmond Bishop and his hard-hitting style into some of their packages.
But with a linebacker corps packed to the rafters, Bishop continues to find himself the invisible man, unable to get a whiff of practice or playing time with the defense despite being a standout on special teams.
Bishop proved his value during training camp, but the caste system that exists in the NFL dictates first-round draft picks Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk, and veteran free agent Brandon Chillar, get first crack at the two inside jobs.
“It’s difficult, but you have to keep going,” Bishop said after practice Thursday. “It’s an obstacle, and you keep pushing forward. I have to pour it out on special teams and try to make my mark and be the best at that. That’s where I’m at, just playing the cards I’m dealt.
“It’s special teams, and that’s where it’s at.”
After Bishop made two special teams tackles against Chicago in the opener, coach Mike McCarthy said that he had to find a way to get the linebacker more involved. However, that didn’t happen, and the defense didn’t have a very good day against Cincinnati.
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