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Cheese curds, 7/28: Martellus Bennett continues to have fun with Packers media

Packers training camp practices have officially begun.

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Training camp has finally arrived.

For the 2017 Green Bay Packers, the season effectively started Thursday, the date of the team's first full practice of camp and the beginning of a month-long process that will eventually yield the opening 53-man roster.

For some players, that means competition for a job has begun in earnest. For others, like the Packers' new starting tight end, it means growing comfortable with new surroundings.

Martellus Bennett finding his comfort zone with Packers | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Martellus Bennett drew considerable attention on Thursday for wearing a cheesehead while talking with the media. He also gave a fabulously nonsensical response referencing Winnie the Pooh to answer a question about his decision to sleep in the locker room earlier that week. Bennett can't prove his value to the offense until at least the preseason, but he has almost immediately become one of the most colorful and fun personalities on Green Bay's roster.

Rookie punter Justin Vogel has strong start in camp | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Rarely do rookie punters enter training camp as the only player at their position. For Justin Vogel, a punter from the University of Miami who signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent, such an opportunity has fallen into his lap. However, the rookie knows that if he falters during camp, the preseason, or even after the real games begin, the team has plenty of options waiting by the phone.

Mediocrity? No, but Aaron Rodgers and Packers 'want more titles' | ESPN

Some fans believe that the fact the Packers have won only two Super Bowls with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers under center means the franchise has acceptable mediocrity. Rodgers counters by pointing out the team has qualified for the playoffs in each of the last eight years -- tied for the longest active streak in the NFL, and one more appearance away from tying the league record. Still, don't confuse that stance with the idea Rodgers and his team don't badly desire another ring.

"I think us players have to take ownership of it and play better and finish this thing off," Rodgers said of the Packers' efforts to return to the Super Bowl. "We have nobody to blame but ourselves for some of the postseason losses."

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