Driver's turn to shine

The Packers' receivers list has lost its familiar ring. Instead of Antonio Freeman, there's Terry Glenn. In place of Bill Schroeder and Cory Bradford, we'll look for big things from Robert Ferguson. And rookie Javon Walker has already found the spotlight. After a busy summer of roster moves, one familiar name remains on the list of Brett Favre's targets – wide receiver Donald Driver.<p>

After quietly compiling four seasons as a backup, Driver made himself heard in the playoffs. His breakout performance came at just the right time. Driver made two critical third-down catches which directly set up scores in the Pack's 25-15 NFC Wild Card victory over San Francisco.

Now the 27-year-old Driver is continuing to open eyes with a strong training camp presence. Driver continues to impress at training camp. He's a crowd favorite, and routinely earns that title with his performances, including a highlight reel-worth one-handed catch in practice Wednesday.

"It's going to be hard to keep him off the field," offensive coordinator Tom Rossley said. "The quarterback likes him out there, we like him out there. He comes to work every day, blue collar guy.

"Watch which receiver finishes and takes it all the way to the goal line after every catch – that's Donald. If another receiver catches the ball, who's the guy sprinting over there trying to get a block – that's Donald," Rossley said. "Donald is one of the guys right now who's setting a standard."

The Packers' selection of Driver with their second draft pick of the seventh round in 1999 (213th overall) looks like a classic "steal."

"Donald Driver is the same today as he was yesterday and the day before," GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said. "He gives you everything he has. He's been impressive, I thought, last year in practice. If we're looking for a big catch, Donald always seems to come up to make that catch. That's who Donald is."

But now Driver's talent and work ethic are no longer a secret. An attractive free-agent catch, Driver turned down a more lucrative multi-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in favor of a one-year deal with Green Bay.

"Everybody gambles on themselves," Driver said. "I decided I wanted to stay here and win a Super Bowl. I knew Kansas City wasn't going to win a Super Bowl this year. I knew the Packers have a better chance of winning.

"Hey, you've the greatest quarterback in the world right now," Driver said. "He has trust in me. That's the first thing you have to do is earn his trust and once you have his trust that you're going to catch the ball, he's going to constantly throw it to you."

Driver has been getting his share of Favre's attention during training camp. After Glenn was held out Tuesday with what Sherman described as a hyper-extended knee, Driver stepped to the forefront.

"Your number is always going to be called," Driver said. "If a guy goes down, you have to step up and make a play. That's the way we look at it. Like Terry's down right now and I'm stepping up making plays. If Ferguson goes down, Javon's got to step up at position, too."

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