Desmond Bishop isn't content with just being as good as he used to be. No, the Green Bay Packers' inside linebacker wants to be a markedly improved player after missing the entire 2012 season with a torn right hamstring.

"I'm focused on being better and stronger than I was before," Bishop told FOXSportsWisconsin.com. "I'm working towards showing that I can be better and stronger."

If Bishop achieves his goal of being better than ever, it means outperforming a 2011 season in which he led Green Bay in tackles and was second in sacks despite playing in only 13 games.

Bishop, 28, guaranteed that he'd be ready for a full workload when training camp opens in July and plans to prove that a year off and a surgically repaired hamstring didn't slow him down. Though he still needs to meet with the Packers' team doctors to officially be cleared, Bishop is completely recovered from the injury he suffered in Green Bay's 2012 preseason opener in August.

"Every hurdle has been cleared; I can do everything," Bishop said. "The past couple weeks I've been cranking it up a little bit."

Becoming a distant observer of the NFL during the 2012 season wasn't what Bishop had in mind, but it did give him an opportunity to watch the Packers' defense perform without him. The extra time away from the field also allowed him to watch other teams throughout the league. That experience has given Bishop a unique perspective on how to make Green Bay a better overall defense next season.

"Hopefully I can be infectious to the other guys with a sense of urgency and passion that you have to have in order to win," Bishop said. "I think that's the biggest thing our defense lacked last year was that mindset. That's what I want to bring this year for the team.

"I have a renewed sense of respect and urgency about the game. Looking at the guys, especially on defense, I can't wait to get back and plant the seed that had been growing inside me from watching without being able to play."