Packers excuse 16 veterans from minicamp practices

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At a time when coaches annually bemoan the lack of work they get with players, the Packers are giving some of their regulars the week off.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters he was excusing 16 veterans from this week’s minicamp again, after having good participation in OTAs. This is the third straight year he’s done so.

They deserve it where they are in their career,” he said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “And there’s only so many reps throughout the offseason and now the focus will be exclusively for our young players.”

That group includes quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which means the Packers will give the reps to Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer during the three-day mandatory camp.

It’s a nice touch for the old guys, but also a recognition that he needs to see some things from the others. The Packers floundered badly when Rodgers was hurt last year, just 3-6 in games started by Hundley. Whether he or Kizer got the nod this year in case of disaster, the Packers are giving them some extra work.

28 responses to “Packers excuse 16 veterans from minicamp practices

  1. The Packers floundered badly when Rodgers was hurt last year
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    That’s an understatement. In the history of the NFL has a single injury every effected a team so dramatically? What a garbage roster other than Rodgers. Here’s to counting on rookies this year. Better get use to it cheese eaters.

  2. They give the vets who have been there over 5 years off for this mini-camp every year, so the younger players can get more reps.

    One news note: HaHa is there for this mini-camp. It was falsely reported here and other places that he missed OTA’s because of his contract situation. It was for personal reasons. He had a death in the family of someone he was very close to recently and took some time off. Glad HaHa is back today!

  3. No need for the veterans to be there. Mini camp is to find out what you have with the non vets. There’s plenty of time in camp the vets will put in. Love some answers. Because people are football fans and paying customers some believe the players should be put thru a boot camp every year. Players have families. When you have a happy player he will give you more. Period

  4. It’s an approach with veterans, which McCarthy and other successful NFL coaches have utilized for a number of years. Even Holmgren did the same. Nothing new here and actually very wise on the part of coaching staff.

  5. freefromwhatyouare says:
    June 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    They give the vets who have been there over 5 years off for this mini-camp every year, so the younger players can get more reps.

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    Why not have the Vets come in and help coach the younger players, to move the process along? As a coach you’re kinda sending a message that just because you are a Vet you get time off. Player coming off a major injury should be a camp getting reps to get back into the flow and getting accustomed to his new receivers.

  6. mongo3401 says:
    June 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    No need for the veterans to be there. Mini camp is to find out what you have with the non vets. There’s plenty of time in camp the vets will put in. Love some answers. Because people are football fans and paying customers some believe the players should be put thru a boot camp every year. Players have families. When you have a happy player he will give you more. Period.

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    Well Aaron’s been happy I guess…humpf

  7. The Panthers would be awful if Can Newton got hurt too, so all you hero’s hiding behind your keyboard crying about why Cam didn’t jump on that fumble during the Super Bowl need to get over it. Cam could have got seriously hurt like RG3 and never been the same. It’s better to have another great 10-15 of Cam entertaining the fans than to win 1 lousy Super Bowl and Cam never being the same. You would have done the same thing

  8. “The Packers floundered badly when Rodgers was hurt last year, just 3-6 in games started by Hundley.”
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    Hundley never played in an NFL game before last year. Many other rookies suffered horrible starts (Wentz 7-9, Alex Smith 2-5, Troy Aikman 0-11, Peyton Manning 3-13, etc.) and went on to good careers.

    Hundley still has time to learn and grow his game.

  9. It looks like another slow start in 2018. For the Packers
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    You did it man, finally got first on a packer story. You must be so proud! Possibly try posting something with a basis in fact next time though…as last year we were 4-1 and leading the division when Rodgers went down. Not sure what knowledgeable football fan would call that slow start…but then again, no one would ever accuse you of being knowledgeable.

  10. akira554 says:
    June 12, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    “The Packers floundered badly when Rodgers was hurt last year, just 3-6 in games started by Hundley.”
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    Hundley never played in an NFL game before last year. Many other rookies suffered horrible starts (Wentz 7-9, Alex Smith 2-5, Troy Aikman 0-11, Peyton Manning 3-13, etc.) and went on to good careers.

    Hundley still has time to learn and grow his game.

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    You comparing Hundley to these guys ,two of which are in the HOF?…lol ALLL RIGHTYYY then

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    “All in!”
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    C’mon Cheese – you are disappointing trolls all over the world with this killer ZING! AS a Packer fan i am disappointed this is the best you have.

  12. cabosan1978 says:
    June 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    June 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    “All in!”
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    C’mon Cheese – you are disappointing trolls all over the world with this killer ZING! AS a Packer fan i am disappointed this is the best you have.
    ________________

    Hey now, let’s try and give him a little bit of credit.
    The kid’s trying to branch out from his usual brand of dim witted and extremely unfunny fat jokes.
    Though, I will agree this is just another swing and a miss, it’s good to see someone try and reinvent themselves once and a while.
    No matter how flat it falls.

  13. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    June 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    The same guys will get the postseason off too!
    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Meanwhile, in Minnesota, they have excused the entire team from yet another Superbowl. A franchise tradition since 1977.

  14. Let’s see, 2017 Pack had a 4-1 start, lost the best player in the game and then only won 3 games the rest of the year. 7-9

    2016. Vikings start hot at 5-0, then only win 3 games the rest of the year. Please before you say anything else, explain what happened to the Vikes in that situation…

    Bradford started all but 1 of those games, the 1st one.

  15. The Vikings lost every offensive tackle they had. They were signing guys off the street and they were getting hurt. Bradford was throwing checkdowns without even looking downfield because he had no time to throw. The running game was last in the league because there were no holes. You wanted an explanation; that’s it.

  16. tangysizzl says:

    June 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Let’s see, 2017 Pack had a 4-1 start, lost the best player in the game and then only won 3 games the rest of the year. 7-9

    2016. Vikings start hot at 5-0, then only win 3 games the rest of the year. Please before you say anything else, explain what happened to the Vikes in that situation…

    Bradford started all but 1 of those games, the 1st one.
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    Hers what happened:

    Lost Teddy in training camp
    Lost Peterson after 2nd game
    Lost Floyd

    OL out for a lot of time:
    Boone
    Kalil
    Long
    Smith

    Players missing games:
    Kendricks 3
    H. Smith 2
    Fusco 2
    Diggs 2
    Berger 3

    Yeah injuries are no excuse- but that was ridiculous. It’s a miracle they finshed at 8-8.

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