Offseason Wraps Up at Minicamp

McCarthy (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY)

The Packers hit the practice field this week for the final time until training camp opens on July 25.

Different name, same practices for the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers are transitioning from three weeks of voluntary organized team activities to their three-day, mandatory minicamp this week. Really, though, nothing has changed.

"Minicamp is a continuation of what we're doing in OTAs," coach Mike McCarthy said last week. "The reality of it is it's mandatory vs. voluntary. We've actually gone about our install schedule a little different trying to highlight certain days throughout the OTAs to give the rookies some review time."

Last week, for instance, the Packers installed segments of their playbook on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with Friday being a review day. The last installation was moved to the minicamp.

As for voluntary vs. mandatory, the Packers haven't had any attendance issues, anyway.

Here's the schedule:

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field, open to public (weather permitting).

Wednesday: 11:30 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field (closed to public).

Thursday: 11:30 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field, open to public (weather permitting).

Why is Wednesday closed to the public? Presumably, so fans don't make plans to attend, only to have it canceled as McCarthy takes his team on a team-building event, such as dodgeball (2013) or skeet shooting (2012).

The training camp schedule should be announced in the next week or two. The first practice will be on Friday, July 25.

YOUNG RETIRES

Vince Young hasn't made it official by filing paperwork, but the one-time (short-time) Packers quarterback has announced he is retiring.

Young told Brent Carney of KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, that he is retiring. Young spent a couple weeks with the Browns last month before being released. Before that, he spent time in Green Bay's training camp last summer but was released in the final cuts. He last played in the NFL with the Eagles in 2011.

"It's definitely official I think in my book," Young told the TV station on Saturday. "Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed ... other than that I've started moving forward in some things."


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