GREEN BAY, Wisc. Expectations will stalk Datone Jones with each snap, each pass rush, all training camp long. And rightfully so. Jones is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound rarity and the Green Bay Packers are counting on him in 2014.

He's the guy who dares to drop Reggie White's name as the standard.

Jones brought White's name up on draft day in 2013. He doesn't retreat today.

"Why wouldn't I want to model myself after a Hall of Fame player?" Jones said. "That's what we want to be eventually."

So on this day, 85-degree rays frying 90 players, Jones karate-chops his arms through drills. Sweat pours as he rarely takes a knee. From the bleachers, one fan shouts his name repeatedly and from the back, the Mike Trgovac soundtrack is heavy-metal loud.

During a half-line drill the daily separation of boys from men Trgovac is demanding.

"C'mon, Datone!" Trgovac belts. "Get over there!"

He lines up incorrectly.

"You're not a '5,' you're a '3!'"

Much is expected, much is demanded, much must be delivered. The defensive line coach has a good reason for the hoarse vocals. He sees something in Jones.

"Datone is very focused right now," he said. "He's not a finished product yet. He's working hard, very focused."

Focused because of the first 18 years in his life. Focused because Datone Jones lived a harrowing childhood of murders and drugs and true chaos in his periphery 24/7.

Stress isn't competing for a starting job in the NFL; it's growing up in Compton, Calif.

At 10 years old, Jones was approached by gang members. At 11, he watched life leave a man's body. He lived apartment to duplex, duplex to apartment. In this world straight out of "The Wire" one of his favorite shows Jones avoided the clutches of the streets.

Seeing it, living it, however, gives him all the context he needs this critical summer.

"A lot of people don't know who I am," Jones said. "A lot of people don't know where I come from. A lot of people don't realize. Yeah, I went in the first round. But I had to work for this.

"This wasn't easy."


Start at the Sega Genesis.