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Mike McCarthy press conference highlights

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Highlights from Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference this afternoon following the team's final minicamp practice: *He had no qualms about giving up a practice day for the team-building event, in which players went clay shooting in Little Suamico. It was an opportunity for guys to be in adifferent environment. It was very unique. Time and camaraderie made it a very positive day. It's important. Any time you have opportunity to be together as team, it's about building relationships. *When asked if roster would remain the same between now and training camp, he said player acquisition and personnel evaluation never stops. It’s always a fluid situation. * Linebacker D.J. Smith is very instinctive, looks a lot more comfortable. Probably one of most instinctive defensive players. * This is going to be a damn competitive training camp, no doubt about it. * Graham Harrell knows offense. He is getting better. Preseason games will be biggest challenge for him. He's hitting targets in practice. B.J. Coleman has lots of questions, energy. He's talented but has a lot to learn. Feel good about those 2 backups. * We have flexibility in the secondary that we haven't had in past. * Aaron Rodgers has been a tremendous leader and role model. He does lot of little things. * He singled out Davon House and Diondre Borel, who look like different players from last year. * The competition has heightened on defense. Always excited about younger players. * We haven't had conditioning issues in the past. He’s confident it will be same when training camp opens. Strength coach Mark Lovat spoke to the team today and laid out plan for players during the next six weeks. The players walked out the door with something. In next six weeks, it’s everybody's individual time to get ready for the season. *The training camp schedule gives us chance to get ready for the start of the season. He wanted to make sure players were challenged due to irregular schedule at start of season. That’s part of reason why he went with different start times. The initial plan for training camp was not quite what it ended up being. * These last weeks have been a learning process for our team. The environment changes when we come back for training camp. *Where we are today as team is different than where we were last year (due to the lockout). * We spent more time on special teams during minicamp than OTAs. Otherwise, these three days of minicamp were really just an extension of the OTAs. Practices didn't change much from OTAs to minicamp.

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