The Green Bay Packers wrapped up their offseason program this week with a final minicamp practice on Thursday. The team won’t hit the field again until the first day of training camp next month.
Here are some overall impressions of the team from OTAs and minicamp:
Deeming a player the standout of the offseason does not always translate into stellar play in the regular season (see: Davante Adams in 2015), but if there was one standout player from this year’s offseason, it had to be rookie Josh Jones. From the first public OTA to the last minicamp, Jones was impressive. He opened eyes early on with a big hit on Jeff Janis in the first practice, but he made many plays on the ball while lining up all over the field and flashing athleticism and speed in all the practices. So far, Jones looks to be one of the most exciting players on the roster heading into training camp.
The Packers have usually been one of the younger teams in the league and it looks to be the same again this season. Coach Mike McCarthy says the offseason program is designed to bring along younger players, and he once again leaned on that premise by excusing veterans from minicamp.
Second-year players like safety Kentrell Brice, linebacker Kyler Fackrell and defensive linemen Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry could see bigger roles on defense in 2017 based off this offseason. Brice lined up in the starting defense a lot, while both Clark and Lowry could anchor the defensive line and Fackrell could the No. 3 outside linebacker. Top pick Kevin King missed all of OTAs and did only group work in minicamp, but even with his lack of time on the practice field,…
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