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Rookie orientation on hold until next week

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Normally, the Packers would be heading right into their rookie orientation camp that would begin the Friday following draft weekend. This year, that has been delayed by a week. It won’t start until May 11. (Note last year there was no rookie camp last year because of the lockout). Those participating in the camp — draft picks, undrafted free agents and those in for tryouts — report to Lambeau Field a week from Thursday for physicals and meetings. The veteran offseason program began on April 16, but veterans can’t take part in the rookie camp. Coach Mike McCarthy said one benefit of delaying the rookie camp by a week is that the rookies will then be able to transition into the veteran portion of the offseason program, which resumes the following week. Organized team activities start the week of May 21, and the mandatory minicamp is June 12-14. “There’s a couple of things that factored into the scheduling of rookie orientation two weeks after the draft,” McCarthy said. “It’s debatable, based on how it affects your ability to acquire rookie free agents, (but) the ability to extend the weekend right into the players staying and only have to travel once is accommodating. We’re able to keep them instead of flying out after rookie orientation and coming back. So that’s part of it. I think the fact that you can get through the draft, and you’re not sprinting into the following week is helpful. I’d prefer to have it two weeks after the draft. It works better with our schedule.”  

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