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Packers, Saints on stage for ‘mini Super Bowl’
“The one thing about Aaron Rodgers that’s most impressive is that he was the best quarterback last year against the blitz and the pressure,” free safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “He gets the ball out of his hand quick, so we’ve got to find ways to create some things.”
Despite the condensed training camp, the Packers have added new wrinkles to their offense, including a no-huddle look that proved successful in the preseason.
The Packers also are getting at least three likely starters back from season-ending injuries: tight end Jermichael Finley, safety Morgan Burnett and running back Ryan Grant; Grant will split carries with James Starks. A fourth potential starter returning from injury, defensive lineman Mike Neal, has a nagging knee injury and his status for Thursday is unclear.
The Packers think the reintroduction of those injured players, along with some incoming rookies who may play significant roles, will help them fend off any sense of complacency that may have prevented past Super Bowl winners from repeating.
After spending last year’s Super Bowl run on the sidelines, Finley isn’t shy about his goals.
“Win the championship, man,” Finley said. “If the chemistry gets back to where it was last year, it’s going to be all good from there.”
Rodgers thinks the Packers can be perennial contenders.
“If you think about ‘teams of the decades,’ those teams won multiple Super Bowls,” Rodgers said. “The Steelers of the ‘70s, Niners of the ‘80s, Cowboys in the ‘90s, Patriots in the 2000s were multiple Super Bowl victors. We want to want to re-establish that tradition of going deep in the playoffs every year and making runs at Super Bowls.”
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