Three weeks of organized team activities for the Green Bay Packers end on Friday. The mandatory minicamp set for next week, however, will be more of the same.
“What we do in the meetings and the number of things we’ll emphasize next week will definitely change,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday. “But as far as the competition on the field, it will be highlighted towards situations, more move-the-ball-type periods where we’re trying to hit all the situations we possibly can, and keep giving our younger players knowledge to get into a flow of how it’s all going to come together. The schedule will change in the morning some but it will definitely be kind of a review of the OTAs.”
With excellent attendance — everyone who could practice did practice — and stability in the starting lineup, McCarthy has been pleased with the team’s progress.
“I think the flow of it has been excellent,” he said. “I don’t feel like we’ve really taken a step backwards. They all start the same. You have to learn to practice as a football team. You have new players, you’re doing new things, you have new drills, you have new schemes, you have new language. Some periods change, so it never stays the same. So, the team has to learn to practice. And I felt the first week that they really got off to an excellent start for Week 1 and it’s continued to flow. To this point, we feel very good about the quality of work, the amount of work. We went through install No. 7 today. (Thursday is) our last install, so after (Thursday) we’ll have everything in — offense, defense and special teams — so we can take Friday and next week to review and make sure our young players are ready to go for training camp. So, so far, so good.”
Minicamp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All the practices are set for 10:30 a.m. at Clarke Hinkle Field and are open to the public (weather permitting) — though, it should be noted, McCarthy typically replaces one of the practices for a team-building event.
Taking attendance: Nine players did not participate, including three starters — cornerbacks Sam Shields and Casey Hayward and outside linebacker Julius Peppers. The others were rookie receivers Adrian Coxson and Ty Montgomery, outside linebackers Nick Perry and Mike Neal, tight end Justin Perillo and defensive tackle Josh Boyd.
Extra points: Clay Matthews worked at outside linebacker during individual drills. ... Aaron Rodgers led the No. 1 offense to a touchdown in a two-minute drill. He made a remarkable throw to Davante Adams for a gain of 29. With Rodgers scrambling to his left, he fired the ball over receiver Randall Cobb and Rollins, who were about 10 yards downfield, to Adams at the sideline. ... Also on that drive, safety Morgan Burnett broke up a deep pass to Myles White in the corner of the end zone. ... New offensive lineman Vince Kowalski, a four-year starting right tackle at Villanova who went undrafted and unsigned in May, worked at left tackle. He was signed after working out for the team on Monday.email@example.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.