Packers kick off Training Camp Thursday; Coach McCarthy weighs in from Lambeau Field

SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 04: A Green Bay Packers helmet sits on the sideline during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers kick off Training Camp for the 2018 season on Thursday, July 26 — and Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday weighed in on his expectations for practices and the season ahead. There were meetings and physicals on Wednesday for the players — but no practice.

With a theme of “Back to Football,” Training Camp is set to begin with an 11:30 a.m. practice on Thursday. Green Bay finishes the opening week with an 11:30 a.m. practice on Friday, July 27 and an 11:15 a.m. practice on Saturday, July 28.

“I have to make sure you look in the mirror and you try and improve each and every day. I value the experience that I have in the first 12 years, and how you apply it, but I’m also very realistic and clearly understand and really make sure everyone around me understands that this is our opportunity — 2018. Every coach, every player — everybody has things that you have to be in tune with as far as the challenges that are coming personally and professionally and that’s all part of the opportunity,” said McCarthy.

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The Packers will hold four practices (July 30-31 and Aug. 2-3), all beginning at 11:15 a.m., before Family Night takes place at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 4. The following week, the team will have two open practices at Nitschke Field, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 7, prior to the preseason opener at home against the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 9.

Following the preseason contest against the Titans, Green Bay will hold two open practices (12:15 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 13), before hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 16. The Packers will have two open practices, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 20 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 21, leading into a preseason road game in Oakland versus the Raiders on Aug. 24.

The team’s final open practice of training camp will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 27 prior to the preseason finale against the Chiefs in Kansas City on Aug. 30.

Should inclement weather or any other factor force the team indoors, practices will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center. Please also note that all practice dates and times are subject to change.