Six practices into Green Bay Packers training camp, LaDarius Gunter is becoming a need-to-know name after interception Aaron Rodgers in practice again Thursday.
The undrafted rookie cornerback continues to impress his position coach Joe Witt and draw attention from the media.
He knows he can't just make plays in practice though - he has to continue to turn heads when the preseason begins.
"Some plays are much-needed, but I'm just doing my job and trying to keep the receiver from catching the pass," Gunter said. "It gives me confidence, but at the same time, I'm just out there playing football. Every time I put on cleats and put on pads, I feel like everyone owes me and I just use that as a chip on my shoulder."
When asked by a reporter who owes Gunter, the University of Miami product said "everybody."
While Gunter tries to make the team, MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to answer questions about the number of interceptions he's thrown in training camp so far. Gunter's theft was the fifth so far, but Rodgers nor head coach Mike McCarthy are alarmed.
Rodgers is throwing footballs in unsafe places for a reason.
"You make some of these throws and see how the guys respond and if they're making the plays, then they're going to get more opportunities in the preseason, and they'll probably be around for the regular season," Rodgers said. "If they're not making those plays they probably won't be around."
Veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson agreed because the team needs players who compete for the ball.
"If it's catching it or breaking it up because we're going to be put in those situations," Nelson said, "and that allows you to get that opportunity to gain that trust so in a game he might throw it up and then you go get it."