Donald Driver isn’t alone … He admitted in an interview with Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the lockout has helped him – helped him heal and get back into playing shape.
Of all 32 teams in the league, the delay in getting back on the field in top physical condition has helped the Packers most.
Not only were the Packers one of the most injured teams in 2010, but obviously because of their trip all the way to the Super Bowl they were also one of the two final teams to leave the field of play.
Consider that the team played together for a solid six months last year – there isn’t a group of players who looked forward any more to an offseason more than the Packers.
And to have the extra time without team offseason gatherings has given them valuable space and time away from the game that has been much more detrimental to other teams in the league.
Without a large turnover of personnel nor the need to rely on the immediate impacts of rookies, the Packers are in a much better position than most teams.
The only drawback of this late start has been the inability of those players who were on IR last year to get into team facilities to work with trainers with their rehabilitations.
However, they are no more behind than those players from other teams in similar situations.
So, when the Packers open camp in the next 10 days or so, they will be a rested and certainly hungry team set to get back on the field to defend their championship.