Overcoming adversity and being versatile are two great ways to earn respect in an NFL locker room.
Green Bay Packers defender Will Redmond did a little bit the same Sunday in Dallas, and everyone noticed.
One week after battling a prominent role against the Philadelphia Eagles, Redmond responded to the best game of his young NFL career Sunday in Dallas – using an early special team to play the confidence needed to play another prominent role in the defense once rookie starter Darnell Savage went. with an ankle injury.
Redmond, a converted cornerback, finished with a game-high nine tackles, including an impressive stop by Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott with a scoring option play in the red zone.
"Did anything really work out," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said Friday. "There were some plays he wanted back against Philly and he really responded well. Had a great week of training, dialed in. Made a play on it ̵1; just back in the last few years in Dallas they've hurt a lot of people playing option. That’s something we invest a decent amount of time on. He couldn't have been better. It was nice to see him make a play. ”
Only 10 days ago, Redmond looked at his head. He was defeated in a third down by Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and then surrendered a short touchdown pass to tighten Dallas Goedert to one-on-one coverage. Never before has Redmond played so many snaps in a single game. It was a nightmare at times.
In Dallas, Redmond is resurrected. He fired punt returner Tavon Austin in the first blow of the game, sending him backwards for a 1-yard loss.
"The play he made covering the punt, you can see his confidence growing when someone has success like that," Pettine said.
Redmond later made two more solo special teams
Special teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga was impressed.
"Yes, he has three tackles. Two on kickoff and one as a gunner," Mennenga said Friday. "Just played really, really fast. The things that we're trying to emphasize, I think he brought the game. We need people to step up and make plays, he's one of our leaders."  Redmond would have had a red-zone interception if not for a penalty. He caught a tipped pass along the end zone line in the fourth quarter, but both Za & # 39; Darius Smith and Kenny Clark was flagged for penalties, neglecting turnover.
It was not denied from the quality of the overall performance.
"I think Will has done a great job. He gives it to everyone every day, "coach Matt LaFleur said." One thing you can always count on is what you can do. He will be ready. He certainly got the respect from everyone in that locker room, coaches. It's just someone else we really enjoy. ”
The Packers will likely face Redmond again on Monday night against the Detroit Lions. Savage has an ankle injury and is unlikely to play. Redmond is expected to start as a deep safety alongside Adrian Amos, while still contributing to special teams.
"Whatever his role, he'll be ready for it. He's a versatile person. He's smart, he's tough. He's ready for whatever we ask him," Pettine said.