OTA Primer

The Green Bay Packers turn the page to 2015 with the start of organized team activities, and we get you ready.

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What: Organized team activities.

Dates (for public viewing): Thursday, May 28; Tuesday, June 2; and Wednesday, June 10.

Watch: Practices start at 11:30 a.m. at Clarke Hinkle Field. They will be open to the fans, weather permitting. And the weather is definitely permitting: For Thursday, the midday forecast is for sunny and 74. If you trust a long-range forecast, it’s supposed to be 79 and partly cloudy for Tuesday.

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Worth Watching, Part 1: Who lines up at inside linebacker? Will it be Clay Matthews joining Sam Barrington? Or will Barrington be joined by Carl Bradford, a fourth-round pick last year who spent his rookie season learning the ropes?

Worth Watching, Part 2: Nothing will be settled until late August, perhaps, but who are the cornerbacks with the No. 1 defense? Will the Packers go with Sam Shields and Casey Hayward outside and Micah Hyde in the slot?

Worth Watching, Part 3: Other than Matthews, will there be any multi-taskers? Will any of the cornerbacks also be working at safety? Will any of the outside linebackers be working inside? How many positions can J.C. Tretter play in one day, and will any of them be left tackle — where the Packers need a backup plan? And with his expanded role, can Alex Van Pelt clone himself so he can work with the quarterbacks and receivers simultaneously?

What’s next: Minicamp is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, through Thursday, June 18. Times have not been set but practices will be open to the public, weather permitting. (Note: Coach Mike McCarthy typically swaps out one practice for a team-building event.) Training camp begins on Thursday, July 30.

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