Packers 2008 Training Camp Dope Sheet

The most anticipated family event of the summer - Green Bay Packers training camp - begins its 63rd year Monday on Clarke Hinkle Field. - More Training Camp Schedule | Printable Schedule (PDF) Visit www.PackersTrainingCamp.com for more training camp information!

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TRAINING CAMP ARRIVES IN GREEN BAY

-The most anticipated family event of the summer - Green Bay Packers training camp - begins its 63rd year Monday on Clarke Hinkle Field. A tradition that first began under Curly Lambeau in 1946, it remains one of the most intimate preseason settings in the NFL.

-Even with EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh bringing the world's greatest avaiation celebration to the area and the Milwaukee Brewers in the heat of a division race, no event in the state creates the same buzz as training camp in Green Bay. This summer brings increased national attention to the practices at Lambeau Field as the team begins its summer camp with a new starting quarterback.

-Newer traditions - such as night practices under the lights and the team's intra-squad scrimmage in Lambeau Field - blend with the old as players continue to ride kids' bicycles to practice, a tradition started under Vince Lombardi, and live in the dorms at nearby St. Norbert College, the NFL's longest training camp relationship between a team and school.

-According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, training camp attracts an estimated 115,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries. Also, it estimates training camp in 2007 brought an economic impact of more than $48 million, a financial boost to many area businesses. The Greater Green Bay CVB partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Professional Programs in Business Administration for a survey to provide an updated economic study of training camp.

-None of these figures factors in the team's intra-squad scrimmage, 'Family Night, Presented by FOX 11', which this summer sold every available seat in Lambeau Field for the fifth consecutive year.

CIRCLE THE CALENDAR

-Important dates on the preseason calendar include:

-Sunday, July 27 - Players report to training camp

-Monday, July 28 - First day of practice, Hinkle Field;

8:45 a.m. (shells), 6:30 p.m. (full pads)

-Sunday, Aug. 3 - Family Night intra-squad scrimmage, 6:30 p.m., Lambeau Field

-Monday, Aug. 11 - First preseason game, vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field on ESPN's Monday Night Football

-Tuesday, Aug. 26 - Last practice open to public, 10:15 a.m., Hinkle Field; NFL-mandated roster reduction, to 75 players, by 3 p.m. CDT

-Thursday, Aug. 28 - Final preseason game, vs. Tennessee Titans, 6 p.m., Lambeau Field on state television

-Saturday, Aug. 30 - NFL-mandated roster reduction, to 53 players, by

5 p.m. CDT

-Sunday, Aug. 31 - Clubs may establish practice squad of eight players

A FAN-FRIENDLY SCHEDULE

-Seven night practices under the lights highlight a total of of 22 practices open to the public during training camp.

-Head Coach Mike McCarthy stated before his first training camp in 2006 that the night-time practices would draw bigger crowds and produce a game-like atmosphere, increasing the intensity and competition in practice. Used by a number of teams around the NFL, he first experienced night practices as offensive coordinator in New Orleans.

-McCarthy once again will institute a "2-1-2" training camp schedule, beginning with a full-squad, shells workout at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, July 28, on Clarke Hinkle Field.

-The first night practice - and first full-pads workout - takes place later that night at 6:30 p.m. Five of the seven night practices are preceded by a morning workout at 8:45 a.m.

-In between "two-a-days", the team will break down film of the morning practice. On days with one practice, they will break down film twice - night practices will be broken down the following morning while the afternoon session is studied after dinner. In other words, the squad will never take the field without going over the previous practice's accomplishments and mistakes.

-Having not been in full pads since the overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game, the team will hold five practices over the first three days of training camp. Three of those will be in full pads. Over the course of camp, the team will hold 14 full-padded practices and eight practices in shells.

-In accordance with league guidelines, the team spent the entirety of mini-camp and OTAs in shorts and helmets. Fans and coaches alike will get their first chance to see many players, including the 2008 rookie class, in full pads and contact drills.

UNDER THE LIGHTS

-Initiated by Coach McCarthy prior to his first training camp, night practices return to training camp in 2008. The night practices are outside of normal working hours, offering increased opportunities for fans to see their favorite Packers.

-McCarthy first experienced night practices during his tenure in New Orleans, where the move was necessitated by temperature.

-Nonetheless, McCarthy noticed an increased intensity from players, coaches and fans alike.

-The "two-a-days" format also allows the staff and team ample time to review mistakes made in the morning practice with an afternoon film session. In the new format, the team will have the opportunity to break down a practice in the film room before returning to the practice field to correct any mistakes.

-The portable lighting system for Clarke Hinkle Field will remain the same as previous years and be installed in the days leading up to camp.

-The Packers are once again renting 11 mobile towers from Magnum Products, LLC, to light the field. Five units will be placed along the Don Hutson Center, five will be spaced out along Oneida Street on the street side of the fence, and an extra unit will be located in the alley behind the field to the player/coach parking lot.

-The towers from Magnum are approximately 30 feet high and are small enough to be installed on both sides.

-Magnum Products is based in Berlin, Wis., and was named the 2005 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year for medium-sized companies. Magnum employs 252 people and has been a leading supplier of mobile light towers and portable generators for the U.S. military efforts in Iraq.

-The company also has worked with NASA's space shuttle program, and with transportation departments.

  • Beginning on Monday, July 28, night practices will take place on July 30, Aug. 1, Aug. 6, Aug. 8, Aug. 13 and Aug. 18.

-Each night practice will shut down traffic on Oneida Street near Hinkle Field.

REST AND RECOVERY

-For the second consecutive summer, Coach McCarthy has off days built into the schedule.

-In addition to the traditional days off after preseason games and the Family Night scrimmage, players also will be off on July 31 and Aug. 7.

-On those days, the team will gather in the morning for weightlifting, meetings and film review, with players given the afternoon and evening off to recover for two practices the next day.

-McCarthy initiated the days off last summer thanks to a successful offseason program in which the team was able to get some basic installations put in. With every player on the roster present for at least a portion of the mini-camps and OTAs this spring, the same holds true.

-It is also done to watch out for the continued health of the football team. McCarthy had hoped the additional rest would allow the Packers to jump out to a quick start in the regular season and in turn have the energy to finish strong. Last year, the Packers jumped out to a 4-0 start en route to a 13-3 regular-season finish and the NFC North Divsion title.

{sportsad300}ABOUT THE OFFSEASON

-McCarthy let everyone know at the annual Packers Shareholders meeting on July 24 just how he felt about the team's progress through the offseason conditioning program, mini-camps and OTAs.

-"I'm not trying to throw out some positive BS, but we had a great off-season," McCarthy said at the meeting.

-The team did slightly alter its offseason structure, holding the mandatory mini-camp at the end of the offseason in mid-June as opposed to sandwiching it in between voluntary OTAs as it had in prior offseasons.

-"I think it's the best offseason that we've had to date (with) the individual time that the players spent with the coaches, the commitment to the offseason program and the strength and conditioning all the way through the OTAs," McCarthy said after the final mini-camp June 19.

-"I really like the way our offseason came to a conclusion here with the mini-camp at the end. It's an exciting time for us. We felt like we had the opportunity to improve through this learning process because that's really what this time of year is. I liked the way the rookies jumped in there and picked things up. It puts us in a very good position to start off camp healthy and ready to go."

-As far as injuries heading into camp, McCarthy acknowledged that some players may have to ease into the schedule. "I would like to stand here and tell you that everybody is going to be back and that's my anticipation based off the conversations with our medical group. We may limit some of our players to one-a-days early, the ones that are coming off of significant injuries, but my hope is that we'll be healthy and ready to go when training camp starts."

-McCarthy has always stressed that he is not a believer in false confidence. Coming off the offseason, it seems he has real confidence in the 2008 Packers. "As far as our roster, the talent level on our depth chart board, it's the best that it has looked since I've been here, especially at this time of year. The amount of work that we were able to get done from March until today has been the most productive that we've been able to get done in my three years. We're trying to win every single football game, and this team has the ability to be something special and we felt that way coming off our offseason last year. We felt good about the direction we were going. I think our challenges are going to be a lot different this year. The obstacles that we're going to have to get over are going to be a lot different."

ST. NORBERT AND THE PACKERS - ANOTHER NFL RECORD

-Continuing a tradition started under Packers coach Scooter McLean in 1958, the Green Bay Packers will call St. Norbert College home for a 51st consecutive training camp this summer. The relationship between the private college in De Pere, Wis., and the Green Bay Packers marks the longest continual use of any training camp facility by an NFL team.

-Players will take up residence in Victor McCormick Hall, a 60-room coed dormitory used to house 225 students during the academic year.

-St. Norbert, founded in 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, will celebrate its 110th anniversary in October.

-The Packers use their own practice and team meeting facilities at Lambeau Field during training camp, with the college serving as housing headquarters.

-Players return to St. Norbert via cars and vans every evening for team dinner.

-The 6.62-mile commute is estimated at 11 minutes each way.

-The team will travel roughly 264.8 miles between the college and practice facility during training camp...that's almost 4,660 lengths of a football field. It will take an estimated 7 hours, 20 minutes for the team to commute to and from the college...roughly the time of two-and-a-half NFL games.

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