The Green Bay Packers started their first practice of mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Head coach Matt LaFleur offered an announcement in his pre-practice press conference that seemed to shock Packers fans.
The Packers have a young team on an offense that will transition on a new quarterback this season after Aaron Rodgers was traded to the New York Jets. The Packers have used voluntary minicamp to get their rookie and second-year pass catchers up to speed with quarterback Jordan Love. Love has reportedly been up-and-down in OTAs this year.
With that in mind, it was a surprise that, according to Matt Schniedman with The Athletic, LaFleur announced the Packers were canceling Thursday’s minicamp practice in favor of a “team bonding” exercise.
Packers back on the field today for the first of two mandatory minicamp sessions. LaFleur at 10:30, practice at 12:10, locker room at 4 each of the next two days. Third minicamp practice on Thursday cancelled for a team bonding activity.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) June 13, 2023
The Packers aren’t the only team canceling practices in OTAs. The New York Jets canceled their entire mandatory camp. The Chicago Bears canceled their voluntary minicamp practice last week for a team bonding activity playing basketball at the United Center.
Green Bay Packers fans react to Matt LaFleur canceling practice
Packers fans had opinions on the Packers canceling the camp; after all, the team has plenty of pictures from Memorial Day weekend showing guys bonding together. Here are the best takes on LaFleur canceling practice.
I NEED TEAM BONDING ACTIVITY FOOTAGE/PHOTOS https://t.co/MfktnJOimp
— Susanna Kalas 🧀 (@KalasSusanna) June 13, 2023
Please be sure to ask if it is the most fun any of the players have had in a while and if so how long
— Mark Brownlee🐋 (@mmmmbrownlee) June 13, 2023
Are they having more fun too? https://t.co/YZnTU0K7NC
— Lindapack💛💚🏈🌞🐱 (@Lindagopackgo) June 13, 2023
They are playing a hot round of pickle ball followed by some axe throwing. https://t.co/aJbrM0kZb4
— Richard (@united9198) June 13, 2023
They should do an escape room based after the movie Saw. https://t.co/36sIuH145f
— maxpower? (@_indiescum) June 13, 2023
— Anders Sigurdsson (@thedrew10) June 12, 2023
— Pagel The Pizza Maker (@JamesRPagel) June 12, 2023
— Head of the Table (@Maurice_0310) June 12, 2023
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