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Packers defense shines at training campSubmitted: 07/26/2019
Mazie Vincent
Mazie Vincent
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mvincent@wjfw.com

Packers defense shines at training camp
GREEN BAY - Bringing in new head coach Matt LaFleur made a lot of people excited about the Packers offense.

But in the offseason the Packers focused on bolstering Mike Pettines defense by adding five new weapons

For the first time in almost a decade the Packers just might have a defense that can support its offense.

"There are a lot of guys in this room that have a lot of talent and a lot with lots of experience too. I think not being one of the older guys is incumbent enough for us to help them catch up on defense and point things out we've seen over the past few years to help everyone be on the same page," said defensive end Dean Lowry. 

The Packers lined up Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark and Montravius Adams on the d-line at camp.

General Manager Brian Gutekunst decided to release Mike Daniels, leaving cap space to really cash in on Lowry and Clark's veteran talent.

"We've really grown together as football players, for him to still be a part of it and for them trying to keep us together, it's pretty cool," said defensive lineman Kenny Clark.

The secondary is pretty solid too, headlining a young group with second year cornerback Jaire Alexander and new addition safety Adrian Amos.

"Football is about competition and just getting after it. We went back and forth, talking and bringing energy is always great for camp," Amos said.

Riding into his fourth year, linebacker Blake Martinez knows his leadership will help put all the pieces together.

"For me, I hold my hat high on being able to communicate and get guys lined up and make sure they are in the right mindset pre-snap and there's no questions when it's time to play," Martinez said.

Gutekunst said building up the defense means the team won't have to solely rely on Aaron Rodgers to make the magic happen.

Even QB1 notices the stronger presence on the other side of the ball.

"I think Blake is very comfortable as kind of the quarterback of the defense. We've brought in a lot of maturity in that group, with keeping Tramon around, Adrian Amos and the Smiths. It's just a different feel on that side of the ball and little more juice," Rodgers said.

Two crucial players in Pettine's schemes have not participated in the first two days of training camp.

Second-year corner Josh Jackson and rookie safety Darnell Savage Jr. are both on the non-football injury list. LaFleur said neither injury is long term.



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