No change from Packers OTAs to minicamp

GREEN BAY, Wis. – For those who have been to any of the Green Bay Packers' three open practices during organized team activities the last three weeks, what you see on the field at this week's mandatory minicamp will not look any different.

The only difference is that anyone under contract is required to attend and could be fined for failing to do so.

But with all 90 players present – even if not participating because of injuries – at last week's open OTA, that, too, won't look any different this week.

"Minicamp is a continuation of what we're doing in OTAs," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said last week. "The reality of it is it's mandatory versus 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."

Here's a look at this week's minicamp schedule:


11:30 a.m. practice, Ray Nitschke Field

Open to the public, weather permitting


11:30 a.m. practice, Ray Nitschke Field

Not open to the public


11:30 a.m. practice, Ray Nitschke Field

Open to the public, weather permitting

The likely reason that Wednesday’s session is closed to the public is because McCarthy typically cancels a practice to take the players and coaches on a team-building exercise during one of the minicamp days. Remember the skeet shooting trip that former Lions coach Jim Schwartz mocked? That was the 2012 activity. Last year, the Packers played dodgeball.

The practices this week are expected to last approximately two hours. Thursday's session will be the final scheduled team activity before players report to training camp on July 25.