The long wait is officially over. Today, the Green Bay Packers begin their Organized Team Activities practices, marking the first time that the 2019 team will be practicing in its entirety.
With new head coach Matt LaFleur in the fold, the team did hold a veteran minicamp just before the draft, while the usual rookie minicamp took place a week later. But now, with the entire 90-man roster solidified, it’s time to kick off the real practices that will carry this group through the next four weeks.
Monday’s practice will be a closed session, but keep in mind that Tuesday will be open to the public. Click here for more details, but keep in mind that the practice will take place at a different field than the usual one thanks to some construction activities.
As OTAs get underway, the usual questions arise about how much to read into them and what aspects are actually useful for learning about the 2019 team. That is the subject of one of today’s curds, but most of the beat writers are in agreement that any struggles early on should not be a cause for significant concern. It’s how the starting lineups shake out that will be the most relevant parts of the next few weeks.
Check out that and a bunch of information on this year’s draft class in today’s curds.
Four key questions entering Matt LaFleur's OTA practices | Packersnews.com
Don't expect much crispness or great impressions from the rookies or even the new offense in these first few practices; OTAs this year will be about installation and setting the early depth chart so we have an idea how certain groups -- the offensive line and wide receivers, for example -- might look in the fall.
Infographic: Meet the 2019 Packers Draft Class | Packers.com
Let's give some credit to the Packers' graphic design team, who put together this excellent set of images that illustrate this year's rookie class.
Breaking down Darnell Savage’s skill set and fit in Packers defense | Packers Wire
Want to get even more excited about the Packers' rookie safety? Here's a look at some of his film from Maryland with projections to how he will function under Mike Pettine.
Packers' Rashan Gary: First-round pick, aspiring sports business mogul - ESPN
With the help of some family members, Gary founded his own sports agency and hired his own agent not just to work on his behalf, but to literally work for him. Why? Simply put, "I just didn't like the idea that (other agents) had for me," he said.
NFL needs to pass this new overtime rule to save us from the Patriots - SBNation.com
The spring league meetings are this week, which means we'll be hearing about the proposal to give both teams a possession in overtime once again over the next few days.
Wacky facial hair on show at the 2019 World Beard and Moustache Championships | Daily Mail
Three cheers for beards!