GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers head into this year with following a successful season, albeit with a disappointing finish. After topping their division and becoming the first team to record 13+ wins in a season, the Wisconsin team went out of the playoffs in the 2nd round against San Francisco. Now, heading into their fourth year under head coach Matt LeFleur, a former Northern Michigan University coach back in 2006, the team looks to finish the regular season just as strong, and finish with the Vince Lombardi trophy back in Green Bay.
Of course, before the team sets their ambitions on the season ahead, they have to start somewhere. And for the next few weeks, that means training camp and preseason. While attending the Training Camp on 8/7, we had the chance to see firsthand how the team is preparing for the year ahead, and the game ahead.
Players such as Michigan-native Malik Taylor held the red shirt alongside star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, although Taylor doesn’t hope to be there long, which highlights one of the Packer’s main preseason points; rounding out that Quarterback position. Since, although the front office has managed to get Rodger’s name signed on a new contract, not all fans seem convinced over the performances of Love and Etling, and no concrete fourth stringers has made themselves known. Life without Davante Adams will also be an adjustment for the team, although options exist in the depth charts for LeFleur to pick from, such as Lazard, Watkins, and Cobb.
As for the build-up to the season, the Packer’s first preseason game will be against the San Francisco 49ers this Friday (8/12), and their first preseason game at home will be against the Kansas City Chiefs on the 25th. The season opener will be against the Vikings away on September 11th, and their home opener will be against the Chicago Bears on the 18th. A great set of opening rivalry games for what hopes to be a great season.