The 2013 season was hardly over when Datone Jones started looking ahead to 2014.
Two hours after the Green Bay Packers' crushing 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Jones took to Twitter: "Tough Loss Today...We Left It All On The Field Today ... Now Its Time To Get On My Grind... #Impact."
And cleaning out his locker 12 hours after that, the rookie defensive end was still looking ahead. He won't call this rookie season a disappointment. But his off-season can't start soon enough.
The Packers said they wanted the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Jones to be an every-down player before last season. That never happened. Nodding his head, the 26th overall pick says he'll close that gap beginning now.
"This off-season. It's going to come with this off-season," Jones said. "I know it'll come with this off-season. I'm very excited for this off-season to come back in and get stronger. Probably get my weight up. I'll see where the coaches want me at.
"And I'm just going to come back a whole other...