GREEN BAY - The sounds of football will soon fill the air in Green Bay. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is confident with where his team is entering training camp.
"We clearly had a better off-season this past year than the prior year," McCarthy said. "We definitely got it back to where it needs to be."
Defensive end C.J. Wilson is entering his fourth season with the Packers. He's expecting to be challenged by the coaching staff.
"Before we left the OTAs was very hard so I know that this camp is going to be a lot tougher so we're ready to accept the challenge and we're going to be ready," Wilson said.
McCarthy agreed, "This training camp's going to be extremely competitive throughout our football team."
Much like the face-lift that Lambeau Field is undergoing. The Packers roster underwent its own renovations this off-season, one which has veteran players assuming new roles. With the departures of Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson are now the elder statesmen in the receivers' room.
Nelson said the veterans are trying to bring their inexperienced teammates up to speed.
"James, myself and Randall (Cobb) are all really stepping in there and trying to get the young guys coming along because the depth is going to be the big thing without those two guys the depth has gotten shorter," Nelson said. "We need some guys to step up and we're going to try and guide them along."
Coach McCarthy added that true leadership isn't like all grandiose acts like you see in the movies.
"Leadership isn't about giving speeches. It's more about what you illustrate how you act and behave and ultimately produce," said McCarthy.
Even entering his eighth year as the Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy said the job is still new and fresh for him, in part because training camp in the NFL is an ever evolving entity.
"Every season is so unique because you're challenged every single day. You're challenged from so many different angles. It's very fresh for me and I'm excited to talk to them today," McCarthy said.
Packers training camp opens Friday morning at 8:20.
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