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Sander A Sea Devil


With NFL Europe's kicking camp completed Thursday, Packers punter B.J. Sander learned which of his Green Bay teammates he would be joining as the six teams of the developmental league kick off their first full-squad practices Friday.

Sander, one of the Pack's 18 players assigned to play across the Atlantic Ocean this spring, has been assigned to the league's newest team, the Hamburg Sea Devils, where he will play alongside fellow Green Bay allocates Nick McNeil, Shawn Morgan, and Art Smith.

12 punters were in Tampa this week vying for roster spots in the week-long camp along with 11 kickers.

Coach Jeff Reinebold, who ran the kicking camp for the league, was impressed with the talent he saw during the week. "This is the best group I have seen since I came into the league in 1995," he said.

Sander, one of the Packers' three third-round draft choices in 2004 after winning the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top collegiate punter in his senior season at Ohio State, will be looking to bolster his game experience at the professional level during his German club's 10-game campaign.

Each of the six NFL Europe squads will continue their training camps in Florida through much of the month of March before heading overseas to start the season with the opening round of games set for Saturday, April 2.

Following the conclusion of the 10-week season, the top two teams will meet in World Bowl XIII in Düsseldorf, Germany on June 11.

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