Maples heading to Packers rookie mini-camp

Raymond Maples has his NFL shot.

Maples, the sixth-leading rusher in Army history, accepted an invitation Saturday night to attend Packers rookie mini-camp, which runs from May 7-10. He received permission from his base commander at Ft. Benning, Ga. Thursday to attend a mini-camp if offered.

“Regardless of what happens, I’m just more than thankful to get this opportunity,” said Maples, who ran for 2,878 yards in five seasons at West Point. “I want to thank everyone that believed in me.”

The Packers showed the most interest in Maples, a two-time, 1,000-yard rusher for Army. Green Bay scouts watched Maples throughout his Army career.

There was even some talk of Green Bay taking Maples in the seventh round until it traded up into the sixth round Saturday.

“I think it’s best that I went undrafted,” Maples said.

Maples has not signed a free-agent contract yet. He will fight for a position on the Packers roster next weekend with the hopes of earning a contract offer. If Maples is offered a contract, Scott Bergman, his agent, could seek an exception for the 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back to attend organized team activities in June.

“The base commander (said) we will cross that bridge when we get there,” Bergman said.

Maples arrived in Ft. Benning in January following his December graduation from West Point. He is currently in the process of completing his Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course. Maples said he’s scheduled to finish his training on June 22.

“I promise to make the best out of both situations,” Maples said.

Maples has been working out for up to two hours a day following his active duty. He has been using the workout program of Army strength and conditioning coach Tim Caron that he was given as a player.

Maples will head into Packers mini-camp fresh. He had just 67 carries in his last two seasons at Army. Maples missed the last nine games of the 2013 season with a knee injury and was granted a fifth year in 2014.

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