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-- The Green Bay Packers held their first spring practice yesterday – and the players agreed it was good to be on the field again.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers held their first spring practice yesterday – and the players agreed it was good to be on the field again.
Some, like linebacker Clay Matthews, still have a bitter taste in their mouths from their final game of last season – a 37-20 playoff loss to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said it was great to see some new faces and a lot of energy. And after last year’s lockout, he said it’s good to be back on an off-season schedule.
Matthews moved to the right outside linebacker spot yesterday, as rookie Nick Perry took a lot of snaps on the left side. Second-round lineman Jerel Worthy also had lots of time with the Number-One defense. Five-time Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday said he felt more like a rookie as he delved into a new playbook with a new team after many years at Indianapolis. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, who’s suspended for eight games due to his role in the New Orleans bounty scandal, said he’s been “at peace” through the entire process. And Hargrove said he’s looking forward to learning the Packer defensive schemes, and going for his second Super Bowl title.
Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the group has the most experience and talent of any team he’s had since coming to Green Bay in 2006. And he said the pre-season will be “very competitive.”