With long summer ahead, Packers excuse 15 vets from minicamp

AP

The Packers have a longer than usual training camp and preseason upcoming due to playing in the annual Hall of Fame Game.

So, Packers coach Mike McCarthy won a lot of popularity points by starting summer vacation early for many of the team’s veterans. McCarthy excused 15 veterans from the team’s mandatory minicamp that began Tuesday.

“The quality of work and the workload has been very high, so I’ve been pleased with that,” McCarthy said of the team’s nine-week offseason program, per the team’s official website. “The message today was about let’s have a really good finish. We want to make sure these [young] guys are ready for when they get back.”

The 15 players excused all entered the league prior to 2012.

With quarterback Aaron Rodgers among the veterans excused, second-year man Brett Hundley will get the No. 1 reps. The Packers had three draft picks — Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Kyle Murphy — miss all or most of the offseason program due to the NFL’s antiquated rules involving schools still in session, so keeping many of the team’s starters out will allow more opportunities for backups and rookies to catch up.

McCarthy said the minicamp will be “obviously tailored to our younger players.”

27 responses to “With long summer ahead, Packers excuse 15 vets from minicamp

  1. Youngest team in the North Division and it looks like they’re keeping it that way.

  2. Prima Donnas… That rich coming from a fan of a team that hold back its RB every preseason for ALL the games. Maybe if he had more touches in camp, he would not fumble at crucial times.

  3. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jun 14, 2016 12:09 PM

    Sounds like they have 15 prima donnas who won’t be putting in the work while the have-nots are sweating in the trenches all week. Great team building there, coach.

    You do realize what the term “Veterans” refers to right? You know, guys that have established themselves over multiple seasons and already know the system inside and out. Guys, that at the start of their individual careers, were the ones that had to be there while the “Veterans” of that time got the time off!

  4. kvnhlstd says:
    Jun 14, 2016 12:37 PM

    Prima Donnas… That rich coming from a fan of a team that hold back its RB every preseason for ALL the games. Maybe if he had more touches in camp, he would not fumble at crucial times.
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    Makes sense. After 327 carries and 30 receptions in the regular season, a few more carries in the preseason is what he needed to not fumble in the playoffs.

  5. lambeaurules says:
    Jun 14, 2016 12:54 PM

    You do realize what the term “Veterans” refers to right? You know, guys that have established themselves over multiple seasons and already know the system inside and out. Guys, that at the start of their individual careers, were the ones that had to be there while the “Veterans” of that time got the time off!
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    So one guy says veterans should be skipping minicamp because they already know the system and another guy says veterans should be there or else they’ll fumble in the playoffs. Which is it? I guess we’ll find out this year because this is not a typical practice for NFL teams. I guess Mike McCarthy must be smarter than the rest of the NFL coaches.

  6. This is just Vikings’ fans doing what they do. They’ll find fault with anything.

    It’s a 3-day minicamp. It’s not going to have a bearing on anything.

  7. McCarthy realized that not only does he have an extra pre season games but his first 2 regular season games are against the Jags and Vikings so the back ups should be getting a lot of playing time in those 2 games too. 2 and 0 after week 2.

  8. Green Bay plays an extra preseason game and will be starting training camp early. This is a smart move but you know the Vikings – they believe in literally killing their players during the summer.

  9. Where are these 15 guys going to get their X-rays if they are not in camp? Do they have to check in to their local hospital and get their body mass X-rayed at the hospital if they are missing camp?

  10. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Jun 14, 2016 2:48 PM

    They don’t need veterans at mini camp to choke in the playoffs. More time for A-Rodge to check out “bone” density.
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    It’s hard to believe that Vikings’ fans will talk about other teams choking, when they have built a legacy of exactly that.

    And to talk about a team that’s won 4 Super Bowls, no less, when the Vikings have the most playoff losses of any team, and are 2-5 in the last 15 years when they make the playoffs, haven’t seen a Super Bowl in nearly 40 years, yet have blown 5 NFC Championships Games since then, in all sorts of laugh-inducing ways, shows great lack of awareness.

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 14, 2016 5:24 PM
    Where are these 15 guys going to get their X-rays if they are not in camp? Do they have to check in to their local hospital and get their body mass X-rayed at the hospital if they are missing camp?
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    Slow day? You guys need a Viking story………soon.

  12. maybe the perennial playoff losing sisters to the east should be practicing playoff OT game situations? like having OT last more than 2 plays?

  13. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 15, 2016 9:21 AM

    maybe the perennial playoff losing sisters to the east should be practicing playoff OT game situations? like having OT last more than 2 plays?
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    Maybe you should worry about your Vikings even making it to a second playoff game, let alone OT in such a game.

    The Vikings are perennial playoff losers, with a record 28 playoff losses. They are 2-5 in the playoffs over the last 15 years. 5 appearances, 3 one-and-dones.

    Even the Bears performed better over the same time frame, with a record of 3-4 and a Super Bowl appearance.

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