3 surprise standouts from Packers mandatory minicamp

Green Bay Packers quarterback Michael Pratt
Green Bay Packers quarterback Michael Pratt / Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin /

Just like that, the Green Bay Packers have completed their offseason workout program. Satisfied with the team's work over the past couple of months, head coach Matt LaFleur ended minicamp after two practices. The next time we see them will be July 22 to kick off training camp.

The biggest positive from the offseason is a lack of significant injuries. Zach Tom and Tucker Kraft suffered pec injuries but should return in time for training camp.

A lot of progress was made in preparation for the new season. The work truly begins at training camp, but there have been positive reports from the offseason.

The players have bought into Jeff Hafley's new-look defense, while the young players on offense continue their development. But who surprisingly impressed during this week's minicamp?

These Packers stepped up during mandatory minicamp

Zayne Anderson

Zayne Anderson saw the Packers draft three safeties after signing Xavier McKinney and made it his mission to make sure they don't forget about him. Anderson recorded three interceptions during Tuesday's practice, a surefire way to earn Matt LaFleur's attention.

With McKinney, Javon Bullard, Anthony Johnson, Evan Williams, and Kitan Oladapo presumably ahead of Anderson on the depth chart, he has work to do. But he finished the offseason workout program on a strong note and will aim to build on it during training camp.

Kenneth Odumegwu

It has been a year since the Packers were allocated pass rusher Kenneth Odumegwu as part of the NFL International Player Pathway program. He is new to the sport but has the potential to become a role player in the future.

The Packers have to be delighted with his work at minicamp. Per The Athletic's Matt Schneidman, Odumegwu made three sacks during Tuesday's practice and received high praise from veteran Preston Smith.

"Green Bay is all about love," said Odumegwu, via Schneidman. "That's big love right there. They chose to (bring me back). I gotta pay back all the love."

Michael Pratt

It was a good week for Michael Pratt in the backup quarterback competition. While Sean Clifford struggled to protect the football, Pratt continued his impressive start to his rookie year. Packer Report's Andy Herman had high praise for Green Bay's seventh-round pick.

Pratt built on his impressive work from OTAs, continuing to prove many draft analysts right for believing he would be a mid-round pick. While there's still a lot of work to do to secure the No. 2 job this summer, Pratt has made the perfect start.

He is a player to watch in the preseason.

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