GREEN BAY – Although the veterans are nearly a week into their summer vacations in advance of training camp, the Green Bay Packers’ rookies have been at Lambeau Field all week.
Just as he did last year, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has kept the rookies around the facility this week for an extra week of work after the veterans’ departure when organized team activity practices wrapped up last Friday.
McCarthy said after the final open OTA practice that the rookies would be in the weight room and getting some extra help getting acclimated to their new “home,” by way of player programs director Rob Davis.
“We have a strength and conditioning plan for our rookie class, and there’s also time also time allotted each day for Rob Davis, our director of player development,” McCarthy said. “He has some programs that our rookie class will go through throughout the week.”
The rookies will then depart for the annual NFL Rookie Symposium in Canton, Ohio. That event runs Sunday through Saturday, with AFC rookies attending from Sunday through Wednesday and NFC rookies attending from Wednesday through Saturday.
According to the league, the event will emphasize “the sport’s legacy, tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility. The four-day orientation held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio will introduce the 2013 NFL Draft class to life in the NFL prior to the rookies reporting to training camps next month.
“We believe in our peer-to-peer model that the more information these young men have on how those before them handled success, the better prepared they will be to meet expectations on and off the field,” NFL senior vice president of player engagement Troy Vincent said. “Through our speakers there is a story to be told, a lesson to be learned, a teachable moment, a message of success in conveying our number one objective which is to provide our rookies the tools to succeed during their NFL playing experience and beyond.”
Guest speakers at the symposium include current and former players who have experienced a wide-range of success and challenges in their football careers and personal lives. Ex-Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman and former Packers Super Bowl XXXI MVP Desmond Howard are among the former players who will speak at the event.
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