The team began moving into the dorms at St. Norbert College Thursday morning in preparation for training camp which opens up Saturday at 8:20 a.m.
This is the 57th straight year the Packers are partnering with St. Norbert College, the longest such relationship in the NFL.
Players say leaving the luxury of home and returning to dorm life is both good and bad.
"The worst part is probably the beds, pretty tiny," said Packers veteran tight end Ryan Taylor Thursday. "Best part is getting back with our guys. It's nice to get back here after a little break."
As far as essentials for his dorm room?
"Got to have the TV. Bring your own pillows," Taylor said.
Packers rookies Jared Abbrederis and Ha HA Clinton-Dix are experience dorm life in De Pere for the first time. Both say they will be spending most of their time in the playbook, so they don't need much else.
"I just need my essentials, my toothbrush, you know some shampoo and stuff," said the former Badgers WR and Wautoma native Abbrederis. "Underwear, some shorts and I'm good to go. As shirt. I don't need much."
"I just came from college, so I'm very familiar with the dorms," said first round pick Clinton-Dix. "So I guess I am glad to be back here."
Taylor, Abbrederis, and Clinton-Dix are going to be in the middle of some of the best position battles during camp at wide receiver, tight end and safety.
"You know we got a lot of great guys that have been putting in a lot of work," said Abbrederis. "I'm excited to go against them, you get better by doing that, so I'm excited to do that."
Taylor knows he and the other tight ends have a golden opportunity to start now that Jermichael Finley appears to be out of the mix with a neck injury that still hasn't been cleared.
"In the past we had Jermichael, and you know he was the guy," said Taylor. "It was always fighting for number two, and this year I think it is wide open and may the best man win."
Clinton-Dix has watched as CB Micah Hyde has gotten the first crack at the safety job next to Morgan Burnett. But he says he's ready to fight for a starting spot.
"Most definitely," said Clinton-Dix. "I'm here to learn the playbook and do the best I can and fight for a job." That's the goal and I'm going to take it one day at a time and continue to work for it."
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