The Green Bay Packers will enter training camp in 2013 as one of the top contenders in the NFC.
Fresh off an 11-5 season and a second consecutive NFC North title, the Packers should have their sights on overcoming some recent playoff horrors and competing for another Super Bowl title.
Training camp, which officially begins for Green Bay on July 26, will provide the foundation for such a run.
In the following slides, we'll provide a complete training camp guide for the Packers.
Training Camp Schedule
|July 26||Shells||8:20 a.m.|
|July 27||Shells||8:20 a.m.|
|July 28||Full Pads||8:20 a.m.|
|July 30||Full Pads||8:20 a.m.|
|July 31||Full Pads||8:20 a.m.|
|August 1||Full Pads||8:20 a.m.|
|August 2||Full Pads||7:00 p.m.|
|August 3||Family Night||6:30 p.m.|
|August 6||Full Pads||8:20 a.m.|
|August 7||Full Pads||8:20 a.m.|
|August 8||Full Pads||8:20 a.m.|
|August 13||Full Pads||11:15 a.m.|
|August 14||Full Pads||11:15 a.m.|
|August 15||Helmets||11:00 a.m.|
|August 19||Shells||11:30 a.m.|
|August 20||Full Pads||11:15 a.m.|
|August 21||Full Pads||11:00 a.m.|
|August 25||Shells||11:30 a.m.|
|August 26||Full Pads||11:15 a.m.|
|August 27||Full Pads||11:00 a.m.|
|August 9||Arizona Cardinals||7:00 p.m.||WI|
|August 17||at St. Louis Rams||7:00 p.m.||WI|
|August 23||Seattle Seahawks||7:00 p.m.||CBS|
|August 20||at Kansas City Chiefs||7:00 p.m.||WI|
As it currently stands, the Packers will bring 88 out of a possible 90 players to training camp.
While general manager Ted Thompson has the option of adding a player now, he'll eventually have to cut the roster down to 53 by the end of August.
The Packers should have a roster well-stocked with talent, especially on the offensive side of the football. On defense, Green Bay will count on a number of young but promising players.
To see the complete breakdown of the training camp roster, click here.
Every training camp in the NFL comes equipped with a number of questions that figure to be answered over the month-long process. The Packers are no different.
Changes on the offensive line and adjustments on defense highlight the biggest questions, but finding starters at key spots (right tackle, safety) and splitting up carries at running back will also need to be addressed.
By the end of August, we should have a much better grasp on where the Packers will be heading into 2013.
For the complete analysis on these burning questions, click here.
Arguably no other aspect of training camp draws as much interest as positional battles. Teams bring in talent to compete, and that competition typically brings out the best in the players involved.
The Packers have their own set of positional battles ready to unfold, particularly at right tackle, safety and running back. Backup quarterback, depth at receiver and the starters at cornerback are other battles to also keep an eye on.
To win one of those jobs, the players will have to show over the next month why they deserve the spot.
For a complete analysis of the top positional battles, click here.
Few NFL teams rely as heavily on the draft-and-develop approach as the Packers, which makes each incoming crop of new players even more important for the advancement of the roster overall.
By the end of April's draft, the Packers had spent a total of 11 picks on new players. UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy highlight the group.
But the Packers also picked up a promising crop of undrafted free agents, and recent history has shown that a few from that group will likely make the final 53-man roster.
For the complete breakdown of the Packers' draft picks and undrafted free agents, click here.
In most training camps, 40 to 45 roster spots are all but locked up before any kind of contact is made. The Packers fit in that category, with a solid core that will make the final 53-man roster.
However, this reality leaves 8-10 roster spots that are up for grabs. The players that don't have a job locked up are considered on the "bubble."
A few familiar names, such as James Starks and D.J. Williams, will have to prove they deserve to stick around for another season. If not, we could see them on the cutting block come the end of August.
To find out who is on the Packers' roster bubble as we enter into training camp, click here.
Last but certainly not least, Packers general manager Ted Thompson will have decide on the 53 players he wants to start the 2013 regular season with.
The task is a daunting one every season. He'll use what he sees during camp practice and preseason games, plus the input of the Packers coaching staff and scouts, to cut the roster from nearly 90 to just 53. That means 37 players currently on the roster won't be come Week 1.
Expect some surprises from Thompson. He has some interesting decisions to make at a number of positions.
For the complete breakdown of the Packers' final 53-man roster projection, click here.