Light day ends Packers offseason training program

Players away until July 24 traning camp

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Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Running back Ty Montgomery goes through a ball security drill Thursday during the final day of minicamp for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Mike McCarthy dismissed the group early after successful practices earlier this week.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Green Bay rookie cornerback Daquan Holmes bobbles but completes a catch during a footwork drill on the final day of Packers minicamp Thursday. The team returns for training camp on July 24.

So much was accomplished during the offseason training activities and rookie minicamp that Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy needed to make Thursday’s practice light.

The team was on the field for about 25 minutes Thursday because of the repetitions the players got the past week.

“Friday’s practice and Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices were over the top in quantity and quality,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy brought the team together for a quick talk before lining them up on the field 5 yards apart for a lighthearted egg-catching competition.

“You can only do those things when we all come together and take care of business every day,” said linebacker Jordan Tripp, the day’s winner.

The minicamp was mainly for the younger players. McCarthy last week dismissed the veterans with at least five years of experience. The entire team will be back for training camp at the end of July.

Minicamp, without the players wearing pads, focuses mostly on the technique and fundamentals before the contact begins in five weeks.

The coach said this Packers team is looking to be one of his most athletic.

“They’ve been grinding,” McCarthy said. “You think about what a college athlete goes through building up to his senior season, plays the season, then trains the whole February, March, April into the draft, gets drafted, goes right into an offseason program.”

Green Bay players and staff were dismissed at roughly 2 p.m. Thursday. McCarthy hopes the athletes keep football as the focus, remain in shape and avoid getting into trouble over the next few weeks.

“I think this break is good for us to finally get us a little break for us to go home and enjoy time since we’ve been here for a while,” first-year running back Jamaal Williams said. “But we know when we come back, it’s football and we’re here.”

McCarthy finalized the training camp schedule Thursday morning. Players will report on July 24.

Until then, Williams, a BYU product, has some low-key plans.

“Working, training, sleeping, probably go bowling, eat some sushi, roller skating a little bit,” Williams said. “But I don’t do speed rollerskating. I’m going to be cruising and dancing.”

McCarthy and his staff will return roughly one week before the players do in July.

The coach had one last chance during the final team meeting Wednesday to impart an important message: “My final message is, ‘There’s so much being invested into this offseason, you’ve got to continue the commitment.’”