Point of Veau: Time Running Out On Player-Organized Workouts

In a typical year, minicamps wrap up in mid-June and players go into a month-long period of active rest until training camp.

Whether or not the player-ran workouts being conducted by most teams across the NFL are good, bad or indifferent, the window for the Packers to actually organize one will be shutting soon.

They've certainly gotten a lot of attention, most recently from former NFL linebacker Tedy Bruschi of ESPN for criticizing the leadership of the reigning Super Bowl champions for not holding a large-scale one of their own.

We've seen all the reasons why by now. Linebacker A.J. Hawk has called some of workouts other teams are holding a "disaster." Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has reasoned that they're difficult to arrange with players living in every corner of the country. Wide receiver Donald Driver rationalized that they're the defending Super Bowl champs and let the audience interpret that Green Bay's talent must make workouts less necessary.

And that's not to say that pockets of players haven't been practicing. Several members of the offensive line got together to much fanfare in Tennessee. The specialists are practicing their trade at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. Several players have been working out at Don Beebe's House of Speed right in Green Bay. Rookie Randall Cobb joined Greg Jennings in training with Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona. Jarrett Bush, Brandon Chillar and Brett Swain have been getting together in their native California.

Right now it's early June. And in a normal year without labor issues, minicamps around the NFL would be wrapping up right around mid-June.

From the mid-June to late-July time frame, players are going through a period of active rest until the grueling start of training camp. There's a reason coaches end minicamps by mid-June. They don't want their players practicing in July. They want them resting up.

It's not as if they want them on their couches eating potato chips in July. They still want them to stay in shape. But they also want to give them a period of time to rest and recuperate before beginning the marathon NFL season.

So whether the Packers eventually decide to end the rampant media and fan speculation and hold a large-scale workout or not, time is of the essence.

Maybe the time will come next week when the entirety of last year's team convenes in Green Bay for the Super Bowl ring ceremony on Thursday June 16.

But if the Packers don't do it by then or shortly thereafter, don't expect them to do it at all.

Without a doubt, the uncertainty of the labor negotiations could change things. If it starts to get to late July and an agreement still hasn't been reached, players will likely once again get together and hold their own training camps of sorts.

But until then, the opportunity for player-organized workouts may be coming to temporary close.

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WoodyG's picture

June 08, 2011 at 05:02 pm

What happens if the lock-out ends before the end of June ?? ..... Do they just wait until TC opens (July 30th) ?? .....

Maybe at the SB ring ceremony the entire audience (players, wives, coaches, dignitaries, etc.) could stand up & do 10 or 20 jumping jacks & call it even .... The last thing GB needs to do is 'get together' to pacify the media ....

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Chazman's picture

June 09, 2011 at 07:08 am

I don't know. If the Packers don't get together soon they could start off real sluggish-like and struggle coming out of the gate. Then they'd end up 3 and 3 after the first six games and . . . still win the Super Bowl!

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Chad Toporski's picture

June 09, 2011 at 04:53 pm

+1

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ppabich's picture

June 09, 2011 at 11:37 am

I'm not worried about it. Other than QB and WRs running routs together, i don't really see why player organized work-outs are important at all. Without coaching and team doctors, i don't see how it could possibly be that productive.

What I love to see is Randel Cobb practicing with Jennings and Fitzgerald. Are there any WRs that would be better for a rookie to work out with?

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Point Packer's picture

June 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

To answer your question: No. Both supreme talents and class acts on and off the field. I too was glad to see that Cobb was keeping good company.

And then you have Johnny Jolly hanging out with JeMarcus(sp?) Russel and drinking the purple drank.

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