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Packers coach sees long-term benefits to excusing vets from minicamp

For Mike McCarthy, letting his veterans out of minicamp is on its face a reward for the guys who have been through years of his practices.
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But the Packers coach also sees long-term value to letting his 16 players with six years or more in the league out of three days of offseason practices.

McCarthy told Albert Breer of that the decision creates leadership opportunities for younger players (since they’re not deferring to the old guys on the field), and that it gives the team time to develop players who otherwise might not be getting enough reps.

Very obvious things like that pop out at you and you take time to step away and think about how do address it. How do you improve?

For McCarthy, reps in June are the answer, and his older players aren’t about to argue with the time off.

No holdout, he Leonard Williams Youth Jersey said.

The next question, however, is whether Beckham will be a full participant in training camp. Beckham has been cleared to practice after the broken leg that ended his season last year, but he didn’t do much at the Giants’ mandatory minicamp. Might he show up to training Henrik Sedin Jersey camp to avoid getting fined, but say he doesn’t feel ready to practice if the Giants haven’t taken care of him contractually?

That question hasn’t been answered yet, and likely won’t be until the Giants report to camp in late July.

Along with fellow small forward Miles Bridges, Knox worked out Saturday for the Knicks in Tarrytown. Most mock drafts have Mikal Bridges and Miles Bridges ranked ahead of Knox, who interviewed with the Knicks at the combine, but didn’t speak with reporters.

I’m the second-youngest player in the draft this year, but that doesn’t mean anything, Knox told reporters at his workout in Orlando, Fla., this week. It’s not an excuse. I’m in the NBA and I put my name in the draft for a reason — because I think I’m ready. My age has nothing to do with it.

Knox, who won’t turn 19 until August, played one season in Lexington, where he averaged 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Knox showcased his knack to score in many ways.