The Packers final get together of the off-season began Monday with the first of three workouts on Ray Nitschke Field for the team's mandatory mini-camp. Defensive back Tramon Williams made his first appearance after signing his 3 million dollar restricted free agent tender offer last week. Williams said after learning his wife was pregnant, he wanted to stay close to home during the organized team activities earlier this month and he worked out with a private trainer. Only Atari Bigby (unsigned tender) and Johnny Jolly (excused) were absent from the opening practice.
The mini-camp is bascially an extension of the offensive and defensive installations from the OTA's. Mike McCarthy says the team will review the system installations one more time before the break until training camp. Wednesday's practice will be closed to the public.
Several players coming off injuries remain spectators. Nick Barnett, TJ Lang, Will Blackmon and Derrick Martin among them. Donald Driver is taking part in limited drills after having both knees scoped in the off-season. McCarthy said of all the injured players, only one is a long shot to be ready at the start of training camp, Al Harris. He's in Green Bay and continuing to rehab following major reconstructive surgery on his knee late last season.
Vince Lombardi paid a call at practice Monday.....sort of. Veteran actor Dan Lauria who starred on the Wonder Years, will portray Vince in an upcoming Broadway play based on the life of the legendary Packers coach. It will open a pre-Broadway run in Massachusetts in September before moving to the great white way. Lauria, along with the play's director, producers and publicity staff attended practice, toured the stadium, visited St. Norbert college and other sites around town to become familiar with the place Lombardi called home for 10 years.
After practice, it was time to hear from McCarthy and visit with players in the locker room and here's a sampling of the post workout chatter from the Pack: