NFL teams only are allowed one mandatory three-day minicamp practice per offseason. For five teams, that minicamp starts Tuesday.
This isn't the end of the offseason program for each team, but it is the centerpiece of all the work that happens before training camp. Players still will be without pads; though, teams can stay on the field longer. Here's what we're looking for from each team this week.
Green Bay Packers
- The running back rotation is going to be a focus for this team in minicamp and training camp.
New Orleans Saints
- The OTAs are all about teaching. It will be interesting to see if Chip Kelly uses minicamp to really test-drive everything his players have learned so far.
- Brandon Weeden received almost all the first-team snaps in OTAs. If that's true again in minicamp, it shows the starting job is in no ways up for grabs.
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"It's been good that those guys have had a chance to be able to work with the first group," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said after last week's OTAs. "Montario (Hardesty) really is a different style than Trent. He's a good companion-type guy to him. He's a slasher and has really good vision."
Kansas City Chiefs
- It's hard to get a feel on defensive linemen in OTAs, but the Chiefs have talked up the entire D-line and the Powe/Poe brothers (Jerrell and Dontari) a ton this offseason.