Who says it isn't football season? The Green Bay Packers have three weeks of organized team activities followed by a mandatory minicamp before a month-long lull until training camp. So with the team assembled, FOX Sports Wisconsin presents a few things to keep an eye on during OTAs, which run from May 22-24, May 31-June 2 and June 5-8.
Rodgers chemistry with Bennett
After the end of the 2016 season, Aaron Rodgers petitioned for the Packers to re-sign Jared Cook. They didn't. Instead, Green Bay upgraded, inking Martellus Bennett (and Lance Kendricks). Rodgers and the Packers love them some big pass-catching tight ends. Since Rodgers won't get much playing time once the preseason comes around, it will be of note to see how the quarterback and Bennett connect in OTAs and, later, training camp. But it all starts now.
First look at Kevin King
Green Bay's top draft choice offers ideal size and speed at cornerback. How quickly can King assimilate to the Packers' defense and how will he look having to defend NFL veterans, like Jordy Nelson, one-on-one? Also, will he begin with the first-stringers and if not, can he move up the depth chart in this initial three-week period?
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Can Vogel supplant Schum?
Jake Schum didn't exactly set the world on fire after taking over as Green Bay's punter last season. His 43.2-yard average ranked 27th in the NFL and his 39.1-yard net was 24th. Is Justin Vogel there to compete or be just a camp leg? This will be the first look to see if he can boom punts, both in distance and hang time. Vogel, who played at both Florida and Miami, averaged 43.8 yards per punt as a senior with the Hurricanes.
What do the RBs look like?
The Packers selected three running backs in the draft -- Jamaal Williams (fourth round), Aaron Jones (fifth round) and Devante Mays (seventh round) -- plus brought in a couple of undrafted free agents (Kalif Phillips, William Stanback). With Ty Montgomery on the roster, the competition is going to be fierce. As the Packers keep a fullback, it's hard to see more than two other running backs beyond Montgomery making the final roster.
The WR depth chart
We're going to go out on a limb and say, barring injury of course, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will be Green Bay's top-three receivers. But how will it shake out after that? We can easily see the Packers keeping six receivers on the active 53 come September, although you never know and it could be five (depends on how many tight ends and running backs are kept, too). Either way, that doesn't leave a lot of room. Geronimo Allison, Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis all return as well as Max McCaffrey, who was signed to the practice squad in late December. Added to the mix are draft picks DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre as well as undrafted hopefuls Michael Clark and Montay Crockett. Keep an eye on who gets reps with the second team as OTAs progress and how it all shakes out heading into the mandatory minicamp. This is going to be one interesting position group to watch this summer.