"I couldn't believe it," Datone Jones said to a large gathering of media members Friday. "It's my first time here and my first time seeing in (Lambeau Field). I felt so emotional. I can see myself in the green and gold uniform already."
First year players had to settle for just jersey's and shorts though for their first day of practice. One thing is for sure, the competition is already on, even between roommates like fellow rookie running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.
"We are going to have to compete," said the second round pick Lacy. "It's just like in college when you first get there and meet the other running backs. You're all friends, but you have to compete so there's no difference here."
"Competition is going to bring out the best in you," Franklin added. "We're definitely going to find out what kind of men we are, and what kind of athletes we are. I'm excited to compete with Eddie and learn from Eddie, and get better with him as well."
Head Coach Mike McCarthy made it clear to the rookies, if they are here, they have an opportunity to make the team. That's a fact that have proven true with the Packers in the past.
"50% of our football team is 6th, 7th round draft picks and free agents," McCarthy said Friday. "Frankly, I've changed the philosophy of our program; I told them that last night. We've been noted as a draft and develop football team, but really we are a draft or undrafted and develop football team."
So what are the rookies most concerned with this week?
"You want to just start learning," said 4th round pick and offensive lineman J.C. Tretter. "You want to be able to be on a semi-same level as all the other veterans that will be back when we start working out with them next week."
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