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Packers Open Training Camp, Have High Hopes for New Season

By Sean Giggy

(WAOW) - The Packers opened training camp at Ray Nitschke Field Saturday in Green Bay.
Not even a light rain could dampen spirits on the first day of training camp at Ray Nitschke Field because for the first time in three years, the Packers have all players under contract after rookie Bryan Bulaga signed yesterday.
"It was a relief when it got done," Bulaga said. "We had a pretty good idea that it was going to get done the day before. We just had to get the language worked out, but we were confident it was going to get done and once it got done it was time to get to work."
Following an 11-5 season a year ago and a tough loss to Arizona in the playoffs, expectations are high for the Pack and that was made obvious Friday when head coach Mike McCarthy said he believes his team has the ability to win the Super Bowl. And following Saturday's opening day of training camp, there is reason for optimism.
"I would definitely say the overall tempo of the practice was good," McCarthy said. "We finished in the plus category. We measure every practice we have as far as getting in and out of the huddle, finishing the period particularly early, so that was a plus."
"The guys know that we can win the whole thing and they know that we let it slip away last year," said Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. "We can't let it slip away this time because we have everything in order. When you have everything in order, it's just flipping the pages."
Training camp brings new life and a renewed focus for the Green Bay defense. After finishing 2009 with the second ranked D in the league, the Packers allowed a season high 51 points to Arizona in the first round of the playoffs and they're determined to not let that happen again.
"Obviously, we didn't get it done last year, losing in the first round of the playoffs like we did, especially the defense giving up so many points," said Packers linebacker AJ Hawk. "We need to make better on that and find a way to get things done and be more consistent I guess."
The Packers will begin two-a-days tomorrow and get their first taste of action two weeks from today when they host Cleveland at Lambeau Field.
Online reporter: Sean Giggy
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