Minicamp notes: Sherman applies the heat

The Green Bay Packers wrapped up their June minicamp today with an intense practice under the hot sun on Ray Nitschke Field. Coach Mike Sherman strayed a little from the norm when he began practice with some conditioning drills.

In an unusually warm June morning, the Packers began their final practice with some wind sprints to see how they respond to the heat.

"Most of the time, we run them at the end, but I wanted to run them at the beginning and get them tired in practice," Sherman said. "I thought it was helpful and beneficial to evaluate them and challenge them mentally – start off with a big run and then go from there."

Though the minicamp has officially ended, many of the players on the team will remain in Green Bay through the end of this month. The team's off-season workout program continues till early July. Others, especially rookies and free agents, will continue to learn the team's scheme, whether it's on offense or defense, in addition to conditioning.

Door's still open
Speaking of condition, Sherman said he expects Cletidus Hunt to report for the start of training camp. And if the defensive tackle, who skipped the entire June minicamp, reports in tip-top shape, that will be OK with the head coach.

"I'm assuming he'll report to camp on time and ready to go," said Sherman. "If he's in the greatest shape that he's ever been in, that would certainly be good for us that he would undertake that. Maybe this will be a challenge for him to get to that point, the fact that he would be here in the best shape of his career."

Hunt reported to the post-draft minicamp in April, but was unable to participate because he injured his hamstring while working out a day before practices began.

Nall is No. 2
Craig Nall will head into training camp as the top backup to quarterback Brett Favre, Sherman said. Nall will be challenged by rookie Aaron Rodgers, J.T. O'Sullivan, and Scott McBrien in training camp.

Nall, a fourth-year pro, has never entered training camp higher than the No. 3 QB. He beat out Tim Couch last year, and Akili Smith in 2003 to earn a roster spot.


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