Once again, the Green Bay Packers will be well-represented in offseason promotional events. And once again it means that a few rookies will be off to a slower start in practices.
A year ago, Davante Adams and Khyri Thornton represented the Green Bay Packers at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event, which helps invited players develop sponsorship and other business opportunities.
This year, the Packers have another pair of rookies attending the event, as third-round pick Ty Montgomery and fifth-rounder Brett Hundley will be in attendance at the event in Los Angeles. The two Packers will join a roster of 41 new NFL players at the event, a list which includes eleven first-round picks.
In Article 21, Section 7 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2011, teams must allow the players invited to the Premiere event to participate, regardless of any scheduled Organized Team Activities or other offseason workouts. This year, the Premiere runs from Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st, meaning Montgomery and Hundley will miss at least the final two practices of this week.
Montgomery, however, appears to be ineligible for all of OTAs, along with his teammate James Vaughters, who signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent. As graduating seniors, these two players are ineligible to participate in practices until their class graduation. Since Stanford's official graduation date is June 14th, that means that these two will be held out through all three weeks of OTAs and will rejoin the team when mandatory minicamp begins on June 16th.