The Green Bay Packers begin spring organized team activities (OTA’s) tomorrow and in just a few days, it will be June which means training camp will then be “next month”, in July. While this isn’t the official training camp, these practices are vital for teams as they carry on through the offseason and into preseason. This is where the installation of the offensive and defensive schemes takes place.
For veterans, it’s a chance to knock off the rust and for rookies, it’s the beginning of the daunting task of learning the pro game and what role they’ll play. Often times, this is where we get our first glimpse at how successful some of those younger players will be.
Most eyes are on the top draft picks, as they come in with expectations of playing and contributing right away. Defensive backs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins both have a good chance to play early on and will have many eyes cast on them. Fourth-round linebacker Jake Ryan is also being hyped as one that could emerge as a regular player in 2015, given the Packers’ vacancies at inside linebacker heading into the season. And who isn’t looking forward to the battle of backup quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Brett Hundley? OK, that was a stretch, I’ll admit.
And let’s not forget the undrafted free agents. Nearly 20 of them will take the field for the Packers and begin their quest to crack the roster. Based on history, chances are pretty good that at least one of them will. There aren’t many other NFL teams where this talent pool seems to create the discussions and hype as it does in Green Bay.
Tomorrow’s practice is open to the public, as are two additional sessions on June 2nd and June 10th. All begin at 11:30am, Lombardi Time!——————
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: