Physical Start to Training Camp

Like last year, eight of the nine practices leading up to Family Night will be contested in full pads. The last practice open to fans will be on Tuesday morning, Aug. 31. In all, there will be 24 practices between the start of camp and Aug. 31.

Seeing no reason to mess with success, the Green Bay Packers' training camp will get off to the same, physical start as it did last year.

Training camp opens with a full-pads practice on Saturday, July 31, and eight of the nine practices leading up to the Family Night Scrimmage will be held in full pads.

It's the same setup as last year.

"The training camp schedule is very similar, especially the first three weeks comparing to last year's training camp schedule," coach Mike McCarthy said after Wednesday's organized team activity. "The number of padded practices that we had last year to the prior year is all the same."

One change is in the layout of the preseason schedule. Last year's preseason opened with games on consecutive Saturdays, followed by a Friday and a Thursday. This year, the first two games will be played on Saturdays, followed by two games on Thursdays.

"I'd prefer seven days between every game," McCarthy said. "If it was up to me, I would play four on Saturday, but having Family Night on a Saturday night and then preseason games No. 1 and 2 both on Saturday, I think it gives you a chance to get through all of your installations and be smart as far as your padded practices and how they fall and so forth. As long as the first two games are seven days apart, I'm fine with it."

Not including the scrimmage, the Packers will have eight practices under the lights of Ray Nitschke Field.

The last practice open to fans will be on Tuesday morning, Aug. 31. In all, there will be 24 practices between the start of camp and Aug. 31.

The last day of two-a-days is Thursday, Aug. 19.

"Our environment, in my opinion, is second to none," McCarthy said. "The new stadium down there with the fans and the night practices, it is a great environment and we look for quality, physical work again this year."

For a full, printable practice schedule, click here.


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