Green Bay Packers: 2014 Training camp preview

As we reach the end of June, the beginning of July can only mean one thing:  football is near.  The start of July also means that training camp is just around the corner, and for the Green Bay Packers, their training camp starts on July 26.  While most of the team is still the same from last year, there are some new faces that might be in starting spots.

For those of you that do not know what training camp is, here is a quick guide.  Training camp is where coaches start to determine who will start, who will be the key special teamers, and the unlucky ones who will have their NFL dream come to an end.  For head coach Mike McCarthy to make those decisions, he first needs to see how the players perform during practice.

During training camp, all the players will do different drills and will start to learn the new wrinkles that are put into the playbook.  When I was lucky enough to go to Packers training camp, not only did I get to see the team practice, but I also got to see the offense and defense scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills, who they would be playing in a preseason game later in the week.

With the recent injury and release of Johnathan Franklin, it now looks like the hard pounding duo of Eddie Lacy and James Starks will be the Packers’ one-two duo in the backfield.  Before he got hurt last year, Franklin also was starting to have a role in the return game.  But, his injury allowed Micah Hyde to showcase his return skills, as he scored on a kickoff return against the Minnesota Vikings.  Along with Hyde, Randall Cobb has shown his ability in the return game numerous times, so I don’t think they can go wrong with either choice.

Something else to watch is the new rookie class.  Can they learn the playbook quickly?  Will they practice will enough to compete for starting spots?  All these questions will be answered in a few weeks.  Football is near.