Klemm digs in on line

Adrian Klemm, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in March, has been playing left guard with the first-team offense during the first two practices in the Don Hutson Center this week.

Klemm, 27, is filling a void left open by Mike Wahle, who signed a $27 million contract with the Carolina Panthers at the start of free agency. Klemm spent five seasons with the New England Patriots playing primarily tackle, but three of those seasons ended on injured reserve. The former tight end from Hawaii missed 54 of 80 games with the Patriots.

The sixth-year pro took time to answer questions from the media at his locker after practice:

Q: What are your impressions of the Packers' offensive line?

AK: You are a pretty good player to be on this offensive line. I mean this is one of the top offensive lines (in the league) in the past few years. … I know I'm trying to fill the shoes of somebody who is a pretty good player, but with a little work and getting used to the position I can be a pretty good player myself.

Q: What are you trying to show the coaches in this mini-camp?

AK: First of all, I just want to show them that I can be healthy. Over the last few years, I haven't had the best of luck with my health. I want to go out there and show them I can stay on the field. I've always been a hard worker. I'm going to go out there each day and push myself.

Q: What do you have to do to be formidable among the linemen?

AK: I'm excited about it. I want to find a niche for myself. I want to be looked at like all those guys are looked at. I'd like to come in here each year and have my spot. I want to make a place for myself.

Q: Is your biggest strength your quickness?

AK: Some people say I'm a pretty good pass blocker and I'm athletic. I don't know how much that stands true anymore. I've had a number of things go wrong (smiles). But I feel like I'm getting back there. I feel pretty good out there. I'm not taking all the reps that I can possibly take, but I've taken a number of them. I haven't had any setbacks or anything, so I'm excited about that.

Q: How would you describe your style?

AK: I can't describe it because I'm not playing the same position anymore. It's totally different. It's a learning process. Hopefully I can continue picking up things and good things will come."


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