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McCarthy: Nothing to report on Ryan Grant

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy was mum on the topic of unrestricted free agent running back Ryan Grant when asked about him at his press conference today.  “ I have nothing to report on Ryan Grant's status,” said McCarthy. “Time will answer that question.”  McCarthy covered a variety of topics following the team’s rookie orientation practice this afternoon at the Don Hutson Center. Here are the highlights:  * Rookies had dinner together Thursday night. Mark Murphy speaks with all players, Russ Ball talks about finances. We had highlight film to show them. It gets me every time. It's exciting welcoming them into our great organization, he said.   * Split time between football and personal on 60-40 basis with rookies. With everyone signed, they aren't worried about things outside football. * I thought QB Nick Hill’s arm strength was OK. But he definitely showed promise to improve fundamentally. Can see why he's so productive in arena ball  * Offense starts down the middle. QB and center responsible for declaration and adjustments. Makes us go as offense.  * Feel very good about expertise with coaches we have at center position, including James Campen and Jerry Fontenot. It’s something these young guys will tap into.  * We played Nick Perry exclusively on left side. It's a starting point.  * Glad CB Casey Hayward is here. Excellent athlete. But he cautioned that evaluations at this point are premature, saying we've had "one practice in underwear and helmets."  * We had 2 new periods that we have not done in past practices.  * It’s great when rookies show up. They have so much energy. Great to have players in building. To stay young, stay as close as you can to an NFL locker room.  * DE Jerel Worthy has very explosive first step for a big guy. He's going to be a factor inside. That was evident in drill work today.  * I was paying close attention to drill work. Didn't get chance to watch individuals as much. Will look at video for that. * The 8 players who were on the team last year, or on the practice squad, led the charge today and clearly stood out. * Excited to have undrafted RB Marc Tyler. He cited stats for late-round players and undrafted players making the team. In Packers’ case last year, 27 of average 45-man roster were 6th-rounders, 7th-rounders plus and agents. That means these players practicing today have a chance.  * QB B.J. Coleman has good arm strength. Anxious and excited in classroom. His footwork is different than we've taught. There will be adjustments. Like his command in the huddle.  * Pleased with the way practice looked today. It's been 2 years since we've had one of these (due to last year’s lockout).  * Guaranteed these men an opportunity to be evaluated. It’s important to create structure to give them a chance.  * Mike Daniels won't participate this weekend with shoulder injury. Undrafted free agent Jaymes Brooks won't participate due to hamstring injury. He couldn’t speculate on Daniels beyond this weekend.  * He didn’t know Junior Seau personally, but met him at 1992 Pro Bowl. He said he was a first-class guy.

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