This is an abbreviated version of the 2013 Training Camp Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
TRAINING CAMP SET TO BEGIN IN GREEN BAY
- A day circled on the calendar of every sports fan – the official beginning of the NFL season – will arrive this Friday when the Green Bay Packers kick off the 2013 campaign at Ray Nitschke Field.
- Coming off a 2012 season that saw Green Bay post its fourth straight double-digit win total and its second consecutive NFC North title, the Packers will begin to write this season’s story in front of fans at Nitschke Field.
A tradition first started under Curly Lambeau in 1946, training camp in Green Bay remains one of the most intimate settings in all of professional sports. 2013 marks the fifth summer at the newly constructed Nitschke Field, just a short bike ride away from the team facility.
players continue to ride children’s bicycles to practice, a tradition first started under the legendary Vince Lombardi
- Nitschke boasts the same playing surface as Lambeau Field and seating for 1,500 fans with unobstructed views and sideline access to their favorite players.
- Just as it does at Lambeau Field, new traditions blend with historic ones at Packers training camp, as players continue to ride children’s bicycles to practice, a tradition first started under the legendary Vince Lombardi. Players continue to stay in the dorms at St. Norbert College, the NFL’s longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.
- According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, will attract nearly 100,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries from July 26 through the final open practice on Aug. 27. With an economic impact estimated at $10 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses.
- Media and fans can visit www.packers.com for the most up-to-date information regarding the practice schedule, events, dining and accommodation options, activities and more throughout training camp.
SAVE THE DATE
to view the full training camp schedule. Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
- Thursday, July 25 – Players report to training camp
- Friday, July 26 – First practice, 8:20 a.m., Nitschke Field
- Saturday, Aug. 3 – Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, 6:30 p.m., Lambeau Field
- Friday, Aug. 9 – First preseason game, vs. Arizona Cardinals, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field (Bishop's Charities Game)
- Saturday, Aug. 17 – Preseason game at St. Louis Rams, 7 p.m., Edward Jones Dome
- Friday, Aug. 23 – Preseason game vs. Seattle Seahawks, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field (Midwest Shrine Game)
- Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field
- Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium
- Saturday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 5 p.m.
THE MONTH AHEAD
- Green Bay’s training camp schedule features 19 open practices, including one night practice, plus Family Night, and four preseason games in just more than one calendar month.
- The first six practices of training camp will take place at 8:20 a.m. The first and only evening session will take place Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m.
- The Packers will conduct a total of 10 practices at Nitschke Field prior to the preseason opener vs. Arizona on Aug. 9, with nine of those sessions beginning at 8:20 a.m.
- Following the game against the Cardinals, the Packers will shift into more of a regular-season schedule with morning practices (11, 11:15 or 11:30 a.m.).
- A now-signature event during camp, Packers Family Night is presented by Bellin Health. Now in its 13th year, the evening will feature on-field football drills, a scrimmage and a fireworks display high above Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster-care adoption program.
BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER
- The Packers enter training camp with an 88-man roster that is composed of 44 offensive players, 40 defensive players and four specialists.
- Of the 88 players on Green Bay’s roster, 44 of them (50.0 percent) were drafted by the Packers.
- With 25 non-drafted free agents on the roster having started their NFL careers with Green Bay, 69 of the 88 players (78.4 percent) began their pro careers with the Packers.
- Nearly two-thirds of the players (56 of 88, 63.6 percent) on Green Bay’s roster entered the league as a sixth-round or seventh-round pick or as an undrafted player. Almost half of the players (43 of 88, 48.9 percent) on the roster were not drafted.
- Only 19 of the 88 players on the roster (21.6 percent) were selected in the first three rounds of the draft.
- Of the 88 players on the roster, 80 of them (90.9 percent) are 28 years old or younger (as of Aug. 1) and 53 players (60.2 percent) are 24 years old or younger.
GREEN BAY’S ROSTER ...
BY AGE (as of Aug. 1)
- 21-24, 53 players
- 25-28, 27 players
- 29-32, 7 players
- 33-plus, 1 players
- R-1, 38 players
- 2-3, 21 players
- 4-5, 17 players
- 6-9, 11 players
- 10-plus, 1 players
BY DRAFT ROUND
- 1st, 9 players
- 2nd/3rd, 10 players
- 4th/5th, 14 players
- 6th/7th, 12 players
- Undrafted, 43 players
MEET THE DRAFT PICKS
- Training-camp storylines always hover around new players and just how they figure into the depth chart. This past April, the Packers added to an already deep and talented roster with an 11-man draft class.
DE Datone Jones, the first UCLA defensive lineman to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since DT Manu Tuiasosopo in 1979 (No. 18 overall, Seattle), ranked fifth in the Pacific-12 in 2012 with 19 tackles for loss on his way to earning second-team all-conference honors from the league’s coaches. He led the team’s defensive line with a career-high 62 tackles (45 solo) as a senior and added a career-best 6.5 sacks. Jones finished his career ranked No. 11 in school history with 36.5 career tackles for loss.
ROOKIE RB EDDIE LACY was named MVP of the BCS National Championship Game
- The Packers selected RB Eddie Lacy out of the University of Alabama in the second round. Lacy earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition as a junior in 2012 after rushing for 1,322 yards and 17 TDs on 204 carries (6.5 avg.). He was named MVP of the BCS National Championship Game in his final season after carrying 20 times for 140 yards (7.0 avg.) and scoring two total TDs. Lacy finished his career at Alabama with a 6.8-yard-per-carry average that ranked No. 1 in school history among players with 300-plus attempts.
- Green Bay drafted T David Bakhtiari with the first of three selections in the fourth round. Bakhtiari entered the draft following his junior campaign and earned second-team All-Pacific-12 honors each of his last two seasons at Colorado. He was named to the watch lists for both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in 2012 and was the co-recipient of the John Mack Award as Colorado’s most outstanding offensive player in 2012. Bakhtiari opened 22 games at LT over his final two seasons after starting at RT as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
- With their second pick in the fourth round, the Packers selected T JC Tretter out of Cornell University. He earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honors and was named a first-team All-American (FCS) by The NFL Draft Report in 2012 after he started all 10 games at LT. Tretter played tight end for his first two seasons at Cornell before moving to the offensive line prior to his junior campaign. He earned second-team All-Ivy League recognition at LT as a junior in 2011.
- Green Bay selected RB Johnathan Franklin with its last of three selections in the fourth round. Franklin finished his career at UCLA as the school’s all-time leader in both rushing yards (4,403) and all-purpose yards (4,936). He set single-season school records for rushing yards (1,734), all-purpose yardage (2,062) and 100-yard rushing games (nine) as a senior in 2012. Franklin was a Doak Walker Award finalist (nation’s best RB) and earned second-team All-America recognition from The Associated Press in 2012.
- The Packers picked CB Micah Hyde out of the University of Iowa with the first of two selections in the fifth round. Hyde earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the league’s coaches and media following his senior season in 2012 and was also honored as the second-ever recipient of the conference’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Award. Hyde played in every game for the Hawkeyes over the course of his career.
- Green Bay drafted DE Josh Boyd out of Mississippi State with its second selection in the fifth round. Boyd played in 51 games with 41 starts at DT during his four seasons with the Bulldogs. He was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy in 2012 after leading the team’s defensive line with a career-high 51 tackles (14 solo) as a junior in 2011, adding a career-best eight tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks that season.
- The Packers selected LB Nate Palmer out of Illinois State with their sixth-round choice. Palmer earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors at DE following both his junior and senior seasons. He started all 24 games over those two seasons and registered 117 tackles (50 solo), 25.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
- With the first of three choices in the seventh round, Green Bay drafted WR Charles Johnson from Grand Valley State. Despite playing just two seasons at the school, he finished his career ranked sixth in school history in catches (128), fifth in receiving yards (2,229) and second in TD catches (31). He led the team in receptions (72), receiving yards (1,199) and TD catches (16) as a senior in 2012.
- Green Bay selected WR Kevin Dorsey out of the University of Maryland with its second choice in the seventh round. Dorsey was a four-year letterman who appeared in 47 games during his career and finished with 81 catches for 1,088 yards (13.4 avg.) and nine TDs. He averaged 30.2 yards per TD catch during his career.
- With their third and final pick in the seventh round, the Packers selected LB Sam Barrington from the University of South Florida. He earned second-team All-Big East honors as a senior in 2012 after posting a career-high 80 tackles (49 solo), including 6.5 tackles for loss, a career-best 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed.
ST. NORBERT AND THE PACKERS
- Continuing a tradition started under Packers coach Scooter McLean in 1958, the Green Bay Packers will call St. Norbert College home for a 56th consecutive training camp this summer. The relationship between the private college in De Pere, Wis., and the Green Bay Packers marks the longest continual use of any training-camp facility by an NFL team.
- Players will take up residence in Victor McCormick Hall, a 60-room coed dormitory used to house 225 students during the academic year.
- St. Norbert, founded in 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, borders the Fox River and enrolls around 2,000 students.
- The Packers use their own practice and team-meeting facilities at Lambeau Field during training camp, with the college serving as housing headquarters.
- Players return to St. Norbert via cars and vans every evening for team dinner.
- The 6.62-mile commute is estimated at 11 minutes each way.
- A look at the longest active training-camp tenures in the NFL:
Team, Training Camp, Years
Green Bay, St. Norbert College, 56
Minnesota, Minnesota State, Mankato, 48
Pittsburgh, St. Vincent College, 48
A LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE
- The Green Bay Packers’ 93rd NFL regular-season schedule is headlined by four prime-time games (subject to flexible scheduling) and a Thanksgiving contest at Detroit.
- Green Bay’s schedule includes seven games against 2012 playoff teams, with three of those contests (Atlanta, Minnesota, Washington) at Lambeau Field and four on the road (Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota, San Francisco). The Packers will travel to play both of the teams that played in Super Bowl XLVII (Baltimore and San Francisco).
- The Packers have two prime-time contests at home (vs. Chicago on Monday Night Football in Week 9 and vs. Atlanta on Sunday night in Week 14) and two on the road (Sunday night contests at Minnesota in Week 8 and at the N.Y. Giants in Week 11). Green Bay plays at Detroit on Thanksgiving in a nationally televised contest.
- The Packers’ bye arrives in Week 4, the earliest their open date has come on the schedule since they had a Week 4 bye in 1999.
- For the first time since entering the National Football League in 1921, Green Bay does not have back-to-back road games on its schedule.
- The Packers have 14 games on Sunday, including seven straight to start the season, one Monday night game and the Thursday game on Thanksgiving.
- For just the second time in eight seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2010), the Packers will open the season on the road, this year against San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 8. Green Bay opens its season against the 49ers for the second straight year and at San Francisco for the first time in franchise history.
In Week 2, the Packers open their home slate against the Redskins for the first time since 1933, when they hosted the Boston Redskins in the season opener.
Green Bay’s schedule includes seven games against 2012 playoff teams
- Green Bay heads into its Week 4 bye with a road contest at Cincinnati in Week 3, and then hosts Detroit in Week 5, the third time in the past five seasons that the Lions have visited Lambeau Field in October.
- The Packers travel to Baltimore in Week 6 to take on the Ravens, the second straight season that Green Bay has visited the defending Super Bowl champions (N.Y. Giants in 2012).
- Green Bay’s Week 8 trip to Minnesota for a Sunday night contest kicks off a stretch of three prime-time games in four weeks for the Packers.
- In Week 9, the Packers will host the Bears in a Monday night game, the 21st consecutive season that Green Bay has appeared on Monday Night Football (1993-2013). It marks the eighth straight season (2006-13) that the division rivals have squared off in a prime-time contest.
- Green Bay stays home on a short week to host the Eagles in Week 10 before traveling to New York for the second straight season to play the Giants in a Sunday night contest.
- The Packers visit Detroit on Thanksgiving (Week 13) for the fourth time in seven seasons (2007, 2009, 2011) and then return home for their final scheduled prime-time contest against Atlanta in Week 14 on Sunday night.
- The Packers’ lone NFC North contest in the final month of the season comes in Week 17 at Chicago, the second time under McCarthy (also 2006) that Green Bay has closed out the regular season at Soldier Field. The Packers visit Dallas in Week 15 and host Pittsburgh in the home finale in Week 16.
IN THE PRESEASON
- The Packers’ preseason schedule is highlighted by a nationally televised contest at Lambeau Field against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, Aug. 23.
- The Packers open the preseason against Arizona at Lambeau Field after last hosting the Cardinals during the preseason in 2011. This contest will be the 23rd all-time preseason meeting between the two franchises and fourth since the Cardinals moved to Arizona prior to the 1988 season.
- On Aug. 17, Green Bay will travel to St. Louis to face the Rams in the first preseason meeting between these two franchises since the Rams moved to St. Louis prior to the 1995 season. The last time the two clubs met in the preseason, the Packers faced the Los Angeles Rams in Madison, Wis., on Aug. 6, 1994, at Camp Randall Stadium.
- CBS will broadcast the third preseason contest against the Seattle Seahawks to a national audience. This will mark the fifth preseason meeting between the two teams and the fourth in the last 10 years. It will be the Seahawks’ first preseason trip to Lambeau Field since 2007. Over the past 21 preseasons, the Packers have appeared on national television at least once in 20 of those years.
- The preseason concludes with a road contest against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 29, the fourth straight year the teams will have met in the preseason finale and the second time at Arrowhead Stadium.
This is an abbreviated version of the 2013 Training Camp Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.