Brace yourselves, Green Bay Packers fans - we're now into the quietest period of the year in the NFL. Between minicamp and training camp, there's no draft to keep us afloat, no free agency craziness going on (although the Packers don't get involved much in that anyway), and no practices to obsess over. It's just...quiet.
At least, that's how Mike McCarthy hopes these next six weeks will go. His parting message to his team was one that underscores the concern that NFL teams have about their players once they leave team facilities.
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Every Packer knows that the intensity level with go up several notches when they return to the practice field in late July - knowing their playbooks and coming back in top physical shape will be critical for all 89 players on the roster.
Mike McCarthy to Packers' players: 'Be safe' during offseason break | ESPN.com
It's a short message, but one that still needs to be said.
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Okay, Mike Zimmer is a bit of a hard-ass, and we respect him as a football coach, but taking a shot at teams (like the Packers) who take one day off in June to bond seems pretty silly. The Packers' head man had a great response to Zimmer's comments, too.
LaDarius Gunter, undrafted out of Miami, making strong 1st impression | Packersnews.com
His size is reminiscent of Davon House, even if his hair and undrafted status don't. However, Gunter has been one of the better young corners this offseason, showing some of the most polished technique of the bunch.
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Here are a few items to keep in mind: Adrian Hubbard has been seeing a lot of snaps and impressing when he does play; Clay Matthews will be everywhere; and the early draft picks on corners won't keep Micah Hyde off the field.
Injuries behind him, ex-Whitewater QB Matt Blanchard hopes to earn job with Packers | FOX Sports
We mentioned it in yesterday's practice recap, but Blanchard has been impressing in the offseason practices, especially during minicamp this week. From the looks of it, he's ahead of Brett Hundley in his understanding of the offense, but that may not matter in the end.
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