Happy start of the football offseason, Green Bay Packers fans! The 2014 team will take the practice field today at 11:30 AM Central Time for the first Organized Team Activities practice of the offseason. Today's practice is closed to the public, but Thursday's will be open - so get up to Ray Nitschke Field tomorrow bright and early to check out the boys in Green and Gold!
Also of some importance was a story that broke late last night - tight end Jermichael Finley is reportedly in Green Bay and will have his injured neck examined by Packers team doctors. Our Jason Hirschhorn provided his take on the situation here, but I'm of the opinion that Finley's career is best served by staying in Green Bay if he is indeed cleared to play.
With that out of the way, let's move on to today's curds!
Third-round pick Khyri Thornton gets motor runnin' | JSOnline
If Thornton's improved effort level approaches that of Mike Daniels (who could easily be his mentor this year), that will bode well for his chances of making an impact early on.
Rookie pair has good reason to miss OTAs | ESPN
Thornton and the Packers' second-round pick, Davante Adams, will be in LA for the NFL Players Association's Rookie Premier event this week, and have received permission from the team to attend that event instead of work at OTAs.
An inside look at Sam Shields' workout | Packers.com
Such is a typical morning for an NFL player who just cashed in on a long-term contract.
Green Bay Packers rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 'They brought me here for a reason' | FOX Sports on MSN
The first-round pick's role on the defense is discussed by Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, Darren Perry, and Ha Ha himself.
Opportunity Open to Lattimore, Barrington as OTAs Get Underway | Cheesehead TV
Here's hoping that one of those two (or a healthy Brad Jones) seizes the starting job early and plays too well for there to be any doubt about who will start.
Cowboys Sean Lee Comes Up Injured At First OTA - Blogging The Boys
As the Packers' OTAs begin today, here's your reminder that bad things can happen to anyone on any football field. Since the initial reports, it is now believed that Lee tore his ACL and will be out for the season.
2015 NFL Draft first 64 watch list: Say hello to the next crop of prospects - SBNation.com
Who do you have as the first running back going in the 2015 draft: Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, or T.J. Yeldon?
Finally, we have some excitement from opposing Packers linemen Mike Daniels and T.J. Lang about the start of practice:
1st day of OTAs #PackNation ! Excited to get back to playing some ball, improvement is the only option!!— Mike Daniels (@Mike_Daniels76) May 28, 2014
@TJLang70 As long as you guys be easy on the double teams then I won't flip out too hard— Mike Daniels (@Mike_Daniels76) May 28, 2014