The Green Bay Packers will begin their offseason workout program early this season, as the team looks for a 14th championship in 2019. The hire of Matt LaFleur as the team's new head coach gives them the chance to begin spring workouts sooner than in past years, and on Monday the team — along with the 31 other franchises in the NFL — released the dates for all of the workouts until the six week summer break.
The Packers will hold their first official workouts on Monday, April 8th. As a result, the team will have a continuous program running for two months until after mandatory Minicamp concludes on June 13th.
Although the Packers could have begun workouts this week, LaFleur addressed the plans earlier this offseason. The decision to wait until the 8th is because the team would not have go take a league-mandated one-week break, which is a requirement for teams that would elect to start on April 1st.
As usual, the team has three weeks of Organized Team Activities in May, along with a rookie orientation camp sometime shortly after the draft (that date has not yet been formally announced). However, the new hire also comes with one added benefit: a voluntary veteran Minicamp, which will be held in the days leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.
- Workouts begin April 8th
- Voluntary Minicamp: April 23-25
- Rookie Orientation Camp: May 3-5
- OTAs: May 20, 21,23; May 28, 29, 31; June 3-6
- Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13
In recent years, the Packers had typically opened up one day’s practice during each week of OTAs and all minicamp practices to the public. No details about open practices were announced, but expect at least some of the practices to be outdoors in full view of Packers fans.
Note that according to the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, no full-padded and full-contact practices are allowed during the offseason workout period.