Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams runs drills during training camp practice Friday at Ray Nitschke Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Packers coach Mike McCarthy met with the media following Tuesday’s padded practice. Here are some highlights of his news conference:
-I liked today’s practice. Usually after a day off, it usually doesn’t start the way you like. Watching the team periods specifically. Liked a number of things I saw in fundamental work.
-Eddie Lacy definitely falls into the category of a big back and big backs fall forward. James had one of his better days today. You obviously coach running backs that way.
-Micah Hyde from the first practice has jumped out. You have to notice that. Good to have Davon House back out there.
-Davon House, he’s in shape and ready to go. He had the illness. Seen him a lot here this summer. He’s passed the injuries from the spring.
-Particularly, early in training camp it’s important to see A, your young guys go against your older guys. At the end of the day, you can draw up plays as much as you want. Everybody does it. At the end of the day, it’s going to be one-on-ones across the front.
-I think Mike Daniels definitely has a lot more pop. He’s always had a great motor. He’s definitely healthier than he was last year. He looks stronger. He has a better understanding of our defense.
-Tramon, I’m not concerned about it being a serious nature. It may be a couple of weeks. We might have more information. He’s not even sure when he did it. It happened in practice.
-That’s what you’re talking about. You shut down the middle of the pocket.
-It’s going to be an excellent battle. They both put in a lot of extra time. You can see the improvement just in the meetings. I think B.J. Coleman has made the biggest improvement carrying classroom onto the field.
-Eddie Lacy going through the conditioning test. He looks fine. If we had any concerns about any of our guys, they wouldn’t be on the field.
-Don Barclay, we’re going to rep him both at center and right tackle. Based on Don’s performance last year, we determined he’s earn the opportunity to be a starter. We need to make sure we have a center position going on, too.
-We’ve used defensive linemen on kickoff return. On coverage, Lawrence Guy was out there. Datone Jones can run. He’s a major matchup problem.
-That’s something you look for in all your young players. Sometimes it isn’t until your second year where it clicks. We try to exhaust every minute and opportunity to eliminate the mental anguish and struggle with a young player coming into our system.
-I’d say Jeremy and Jarrett are both second year guys where you see what the difference is in the second year. The connection they’ve had with the quarterback as far as timing on routes.
-Sam Shields came into camp good. The thing I like about Sam, he has that edge to him. He’s pretty much faster than anybody. He’s a much better player up in your face. Those are excellent attributes to have as a corner. He has no memory.
-Kevin Hughes, they’re looking at him. He’s had some headaches.
-DuJuan Harris, closer to two to three weeks before he’s back. No timetable on Charles Johnson.
-Mac-Attack hamburger for charity. I ate one, I thought it was excellent.
-Davon House (illness) returned but was limited. He appeared to cramp up late in practice. James Nixon also dropped out with a knee injury.