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Defensive additions were expected

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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When the Packers used their first six picks on defensive players in last month's draft, it was hardly a surprise. That's what happens when a team finishes dead last in the NFL in total yards allowed and passing yards allowed. "I think everybody knew it was coming," starting inside linebacker Desmond Bishop said. Even more telling was what Bishop said next. "It was necessary," he added. Two of the defensive rookies -- first-round pick Nick Perry and second-round pick Jerel Worthy -- played prominent roles during the first OTA practice of the spring today. Perry worked as the left outside linebacker (with Clay Matthews shifting back to the right side, where he played as a rookie). Worthy got the first reps at defensive tackle (alongside B.J. Raji) in the nickel package. How much of an impact the defensive rookies can make remains to be seen. "It's too early to tell," Bishop said. However, Bishop said he expects competition to be fierce during training camp. Said quarterback Aaron Rodgers: "Thereís going to be some jobs on the line and some great competition once we get the pads on. The defense, they like to go pretty hard during these OTAs without pads on, but itís exciting to look across and see so many new faces."

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