LITTLE SUAMICO, Wis. – The Packers installed a brand-new game plan to wrap up the first minicamp of the Matt LaFleur Era.
One for the paintball course.
In lieu of a third minicamp practice, the team made an off-site trip to Commando Paintball Sports in Little Suamico.
"This is team-building. We're at the end of minicamp, so we wanted to have an event where the guys could still be competitive and get after it, have a little fun," Packers director of player engagement Grey Ruegamer said.
Upon arrival, players, coaches and support staff were divided into 15 teams and placed into a double-elimination bracket.
The exercise brought together players and coaches from different position groups and challenged them to quickly learn to communicate and work with one another.
"A lot of it is leadership, kind of, in action," Ruegamer said. "You're getting paintballs shot at you and you've got to figure out the course pretty quick. You're in close quarters.
"You have a limited amount of time because there's paintballs flying, smoke grenades. So it's kind of fun to hear the guys and be in it with them."
LaFleur watched the festivities from a cart, chatting with players in-between matches. He was a witness to the championship match, where Team 1, featuring receiver Davante Adams and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, emerged as "Super Ball" champions.
While the competition was the centerpiece of the day, the opportunity to forge new friendships and bonds between returning veterans and new acquisitions was the overarching benefit.
"A lot of guys probably haven't done it," Ruegamer said. "When they walk off the course and got a big grin, you know you're having a good time. I don't think there's a guy out here that hasn't had fun."
Green Bay Packers players, coaches and support staff went on a team-building paintballing excursion on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Little Suamico.
Team 1 - Super Ball Champions
- WR Davante Adams
- LB Oren Burks
- K Sam Ficken
- CB Kevin King
- G Justin McCray
- WR Darrius Shepherd
- FB Danny Vitale
- Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
- Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Ryan Downard