The Green Bay Packers finished up their nine-week offseason program this past week. The team will get a five-week break before gathering for training camp in late July.
Here are a few things to monitor when the players hit the field next month:
Throughout the duration of the offseason program, the Packers did little to no running plays in practice, focusing strictly on the passing game. With the running backs catching passes and running around in shorts, it’s difficult to get a feel for the group as a whole. The expectation is that far more running plays will be done in camp, when the pads come on and preseason games begin. The running back picture will become much clearer by the end of August.
Another position that will be interesting to follow when the players are in pads is the outside linebackers. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry will begin another season as the starters, but the Packers possess a lot of unproven talent behind them. During almost every camp under coach Mike McCarthy, the outside linebackers and offensive linemen have done 1-on-1 battles – which should provide a better look at players like Kyler Fackrell, Jayrone Elliott and Vince Biegel.
If OTAs and minicamp showed anything, it’s that the top four wide receivers are all but set – with Geronimo Allison as the No. 4 receiver behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. After Allison, there are eight receivers battling for maybe two or three positions. Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis will be competing for their jobs with rookies Malachi Dupre and DeAngelo Yancey, second-year undrafted free agent Max McCaffrey and three other undrafted…
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