Both of the 11:30 a.m. practices will be open to the public, weather permitting.
Because the team is preparing Ray Nitschke Field for training camp, both practices will be at Clarke Hinkle Field, which runs alongside Oneida Street. There is no seating at Clarke Hinkle, so get there early to get a nice spot along the fence.
The minicamp is mandatory for all players under contract. The only players not at the voluntary organized team activities have been Johnny Jolly and unsigned cornerback Sam Shields.
The league allows teams to have a three-day minicamp but, as usual, coach Mike McCarthy has canceled that practice for a private team function. Last year, he took the team skeet shooting — drawing needling from Lions coach Jim Schwartz.
"We had no sporting clays today or no amusement parks or water parks. Work day of minicamp," Schwartz said after the Lions' final day of minicamp last year. "We take a lot of pride in the fact that we play for a blue-collar town and we try to reflect that kind of work ethic, and we have very few opportunities to practice this offseason. Every one was crucial and couldn't afford to waste any."
In rebuttal, coach Mike McCarthy told ESPN Milwaukee's "Green and Gold Today" radio show: "Just the interaction with the policemen and the players was excellent. You were literally handed a gun, pulled the trigger and handed it back to the police officer. That part of it was in place for the safety," McCarthy said. "But it was really a neat day. We've tried some different things, and by far it was our best group dynamic/team building event that we had. I actually got a chuckle out of hearing someone else worried about us taking our team skeet shooting."
Next week, it's back to voluntary organized team activities. The lone practice open to reporters and fans, and the last one until the month-plus break until training camp, will start at 11:30 a.m. on June 11.
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