Preston will join team on Monday

Playing for a historic franchise like the Packers was a major attraction for lineman Duke Preston.

Editor's note: Check out our exclusive Q&A with Duke Preston, in which he talks about his football-playing dad, surfing, his desire to help children and the story (sort of) about how he got his nickname.

Offensive lineman Duke Preston says he'll be in Green Bay on Monday to join his new teammates for voluntary offseason workouts.

Preston, who was being courted by the Oakland Raiders, says his versatility was a reason for the mutual interest between himself and the Packers. Preston started 20 games during four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, including at all three interior line positions.

"You've got to be able to do more than one thing," Preston told Packer Report on Saturday evening. "You can't just play one spot. Just based on the track record of this offensive line in Green Bay, they move their guys around a lot. (Offensive line) coach (James) Campen has communicated to me that he wants to see me with my right hand down, my hand on the ball, my left hand down. So, I anticipate getting a look at all three of those spots and really just trying to do whatever I can and just coming in and competing for a job."

Preston spoke of the "comfort level" he felt when meeting with the Packers' staff. That general manager Ted Thompson, director of college scouting John Dorsey and director of football operations Reggie McKenzie all played professionally was a draw, too.

"It was evident when I showed up on my visit that it's a team," Preston said. "The front office and the organization is filled with people who were former players. As a player, you've got to love that."

Preston, who has met quarterback Aaron Rodgers a couple of times during the offseason, said he heard "rave reviews" about the character of the players.

Finally, getting to play for a legendary franchise like the Packers appealed to Preston, whose father, Raymond Preston Jr., played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers.

"It was really something I looked at," Preston explained. "If I were to pass on it, maybe 10, 20 years down the line, you would kind of would wish you had taken the opportunity to do that. That was something that was attractive to me, and I'm glad I made the decision that I did."


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