Offseason Work Starts in 2 Weeks

Offseason program starts April 15, and the voluntary minicamp has been moved up one week to June 4-6

Rather than having the mandatory minicamp as the final phase of the offseason workout schedule, as in past seasons, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has set the mandatory three-day minicamp for the middle of the voluntary organized team activities.

The offseason program, as set by the league, will begin on April 15.

After that:

TBA: Rookie minicamp.

May 20-22: OTAs.

May 28 30: OTAs.

June 4-6: Minicamp.

June 11-14: OTAs.

"I just thought coming out of Phase II (OTAs) and into Phase III (minicamp), you usually get a lot more done, and I did not feel good about it," McCarthy told reporters at the league meeting in Arizona last month. "We keep daily notes of everything that goes on at every practice, and especially this time of the year when you're going back and trying to nail it down, I didn't feel like we did the amount of work (needed) — which I knew we wouldn't get the same amount of work done with four weeks less time.

"But I didn't feel very good about what we accomplished in the OTAs, so we're really diving into that, looking at a number of different things."

Under last year's collective bargaining agreement, the offseason program was cut from 14 weeks to nine weeks, and OTA practices were reduced from 14 practices to 10.

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