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Packers close out minicamp, get long break before training camp

ASHWAUBENON (WAOW) -- - The Packers went through their final minicamp practice Thursday, capping off what Mike McCarthy has called one of the most successful offseason programs of his tenure.

They'll now get six weeks off before training camp in late July, and that's when the real thing starts.

"Once we get back, the tempo is going to pick up a little bit more coming from OTAs," veteran safety Morgan Burnett said. "Enjoy your time off, enjoy your break, but once we get back the train is rolling and we're starting fast."

The Packers rookies are looking forward to a few weeks off, but they know when they come back, they need to be prepared for the fastest football they've ever seen.

"My main goal is to come back in great shape," rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins said. "I feel like if you're not in shape, that'll take away and you'll make mental errors because you're going to be focused on how tired you are instead of what's coming."

"I'm doing strictly training," first round pick Damarious Randall said. "Conditioning, working out. Just kind of doing a lot of the drills that I'm accustomed to and perfecting my craft."

But this time doesn't come without a little risk. The gap between minicamp and training camp gives NFL players free time they don't otherwise have, and off the field problems are a concern around the league.

But Packers players have traditionally stayed out of trouble, and Mike McCarthy doesn't see this year being any different.

"Coaches and players will be in touch with one another," he said. "It's ongoing, but we do have to all be safe and be smart. Enjoy the time with your family, but make sure we're ready to go and take full advantage of this great opportunity we're going to have when training camp starts."

"We look out for one another and we hold each other to a high standard and hold each other accountable," Burnett said. "Guys are going to do what they have to do and understand that this is a job and we're all here to accomplish one goal."

Training camp begins on July 28th, as the Packers begin their drive for NFL Championship number 14.

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