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Packers' newest veteran players add depth

GREEN BAY, Wis. - In week two of Green Bay's organized team activities, the team welcomed in two new faces. 

"Aaron (Rodgers) was here in the locker room, I started talking to him," Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis said. "I started talking to Jimmy (Graham) and then you know, I kinda made my decision that day."

"It's a unique place," Packers offensive lineman Byron Bell said. "It's a special place to play and I'm honored."

While it's uncommon for the organization to add in players, especially veteran players, during this point in their offseason workouts, General Manager Brian Gutekunst has stated he "wants to be involved in every conversation". As such, his recent signings of two veterans: tight end Marcedes Lewis and offensive lineman Byron Bell has backed up his earlier statements. 

"Player acquisition is a 12 month process," head coach Mike McCarthy said "I mean there's definitely a pool of players that become available this time of year. I mean this is a market that he wants to be active and aggressive in."

With Lewis, the Packers have the run-blocking tight end they need, but opposite Graham, Lewis wants to remind fans he's still a pretty good redzone option too. 

"That's one thing that Aaron said as well like I'm a really good blocker, but don't get it mistaken, I didn't come here to be a tackle," Lewis said. "It's going to be trouble out there."

With Bell, the veteran could see time at right tackle if Bryan Bulaga is still rehabbing from his ACL injury. 

"Versatility," Bell said. "I can move around. I've started at all four positions. Had some ups and downs in my career, but you know I feel like coming here and working with the guys, I feel like my career can go to the next level."

Since this veteran duo has over two decades of NFL knowledge, the acclimation process right now is the easy part. 

"Veteran players bring a ton of experience, the know how," McCarthy said. "There's a fit on both sides that you go through during the visit and so forth and both these guys are really big fits for us."

As for Thursday's second public OTAs session, CB Tramon Williams returned, but several players with injuries did not participate: Davante Adams (hamstring), Clay Matthews (knee), Nick Perry (ankle), Trevor Davis (hamstring), Lane Taylor (ankle), Jason Spriggs (knee), Bryan Bulaga (ACL).


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