GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy has excused 15 veteran players from the Packers’ three-day minicamp, opening up the final week of the offseason program to more work for the younger players on the roster to prepare for training camp.
The 15 veterans — players who entered the league prior to 2012 — went through their physicals on Monday and were dismissed for their extended break prior to training camp. McCarthy said the extra week of training camp the Packers will have in late July, due to playing in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, to open the preseason, factored into the decision.
“The focus is on reviewing the first eight installations and covering all the situations we’ve been able to hit these last couple weeks,” McCarthy said prior to Tuesday’s practice. “It’s obviously tailored to our younger players.”
With QB Aaron Rodgers among those excused, second-year QB Brett Hundley will be front and center for three days, with QBs Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams also able to take more snaps. Draft picks Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Kyle Murphy, who have not been part of OTAs due to their school schedule, also will be taking the field for the first time since rookie minicamp right after the draft.
“The quality of work and the workload has been very high, so I’ve been pleased with that,” McCarthy said of the nine-week offseason program. “The message today was about let’s have a really good finish. We want to make sure these guys are ready for when they get back.”
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