Johnson likes what he sees in Green Bay

After Saturday night's preseason win at Arizona, Packer defensive end Joe Johnson said he was feeling better than ever about this team and this year.<P>

He's already made himself at home in his new home, even though it's about 1,000 miles away on a map and more like a million miles away in climate and atmosphere from New Orleans.

Johnson said he never intended to leave the Saints, but when he started to look elsewhere, the two-time Pro Bowler found only one acceptable destination.

"I wouldn't entertain any other offers," Johnson said. "I didn't want to go anywhere else.

"It's different for me, Johnson said. "I've been in bigger cities where there's so much going on that a professional team gets lost by the wayside. And it's good to be here and experience this tradition and Lambeau Field, the Packer Hall of Fame. It's an experience."

For Green Bay, Johnson is the biggest free agent prize since the one who started it all nine years ago -- Reggie White. This year's top defensive free agent, Johnson was brought north six-year, $33 million deal with the Packers.

"For me, it's been a fairly easy transition," Johnson said. "Obviously, this is a different type of organization. The standards are a lot higher here, the goals are a lot different. It's kind of like a guess you could say extreme emotions. I kind of stepped up the ladder a few steps in the NFL.

"You have the traidition. You have extreme talent on both sides of the ball," Johnson said. "You could seethere was a championship caliber team here and it just needed to make some stides to make that step from being a good team to being a great team. I felt a player of my caliber could come in and help take that step."

Johnson's addition pairs him with Vonnie Holliday gives the Packers as formidable set of DE as any in the NFL and the best here since White and Sean Jones helped bring Green Bay a championship.

Happy with his role in the town and on the team, Johnson's comfort level is increasing on the field as well. The veteran DE was pleased with the first unit's performance in Arizona.

"It felt pretty good, we got a chance to get out there and bust a good sweat so we got a little lung work today, so it was good," Johnson said.

"It's something we're going to need when we get into the regular season. Obviously every player is going to play a lot more plays in the regular season so it's good in the preseason just to get enough live snaps to get yourself into shape."


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