NFL News: Aaron Rodgers Looking Forward To 'Bumpy' Training Camp

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The Green Bay Packers are going to look quite different next season. Not only will their receivers corps feature three new faces, but also their offensive line will go through some changes with David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins likely out to start the season.

That's why training camp can't be soon enough, as Aaron Rodgers and his pupils have plenty of work to do.

It's Going To Be Tough For The Rooks

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Rodgers knows things could get worst before they get better. Their young, unproven offense will get to work with their starting defense, which ranked among the league's finest last season:

“It could be a long training camp for the offense,” Rodgers said on his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “I like the way our defense is looking and playing. Just on paper, it looks like they are going to be pretty formidable. There could be some growing pains for the offense which will be great for us, it’ll be nice to take our lumps from time to time, it’ll help us get better facing a really good defense like that.”

They'll Learn From The Best

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Nonetheless, he expects that test to bring out the best of their rookie receivers as they get a taste of real NFL action when they practice against their top-three cornerbacks:

“I think it’s going to be great. There’s no better teacher for them on what NFL ball is going to be like than going up against our top three corners: Jaire, Eric Stokes, and Rasul,” Rodgers explained. “So those guys are going to get a real quick initiation to the NFL.”

Jaire Alexander Will Give Them His Best

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Needless to say, the veterans will spare no victims or have any sort of mercy on the rookies. A couple of weeks ago, All-Pro CB Jaire Alexander vowed to give them his A-Game so they're ready for when it counts:

“I’m going to make it as hard as I can for those guys because I know on Sunday it’s going to pay off. Iron sharpens iron,” Alexander said. “However I can help to make them better, I’m going to do that.”

The Kings In The North

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Even with a new-look offense, Matt LaFleur's team should have no trouble dominating the NFC North again, but mostly because all of their rivals are expected to be bad next season.

The real test will once again come in the playoffs, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have struggled to get over the hump since that Super Bowl win in 2011. Will this be their year? That's yet to be seen.