It what appears to be becoming an annual tradition, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has excused veteran players from the team’s mandatory minicamp.
Minicamp begins on Tuesday, but McCarthy sent anyone with five or more years of experience home on Friday.
“We had a practice with all the players under six years,” McCarthy said. “To me, Friday and these three practices in front of us are the most important practices of the offseason because the reps go up for everybody. You look for those first-, second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-year … you look for a guy to step up and kind of take a little bit of a leadership role on the practice field. It’s worked out. I think this is the second or third year we’ve done this, and I feel like we’ve gotten a lot of out of it. I’m really looking forward to these three practices.”
We’re all for getting young guys reps.
What is not so great is the Packers won’t be doing anything until training camp, following this week’s minicamp.
Camp opens on July 26 and Family Night will be held August 5.