McCarthy finalizing training camp plans

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy can now finalize his training camp schedule.

While all the hype this week was about the release of the regular-season schedule, that the preseason dates also were finalized allows McCarthy to set his practice plan for training camp.

The collective bargaining agreement says training camps can open no more than 15 days before a team's first preseason game. With the Packers now set to play the first of their four exhibitions on Friday, Aug. 9 at the Tennessee Titans, it means they can open training camp on July 25.

It also puts the likely date for the team’s annual Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field at Aug. 1 or 2.

McCarthy hinted last month at the NFL annual meetings that his training camp would be different than in past seasons, but he did not offer details. The number of night practices has decreased in recent years, and that trend could continue.

"It's going to change a little bit," McCarthy said at the time. "I feel like I haven't hit the target that I want to hit. So with that I'll continue to change and adjust and emphasize the things I feel we need to do, and that will be evident when they get back here in the offseason program. The offseason program is going to be different than it was the last two years, and training camp will be also."

Here's a look at the key dates for training camp and the start of the season:

  • July 25: The earliest possible date the Packers can open training camp

  • Aug. 1 or 2: Family Night scrimmage

  • Aug. 9: Preseason game No. 1, at Tennessee, 7 p.m. CT

  • Aug. 16: Preseason game No. 2, at St. Louis 3 p.m. CT

  • Aug. 22: Preseason game No. 3, vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. CT

  • Aug. 28: Preseason game No. 4, vs. Kansas City, 6 p.m. CT

  • Aug. 30: Rosters reduced to 53 players

  • Sept. 4: Season opener at Seattle, 7:30 p.m. CT