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Thompson: Team had long discussions before bringing back Jolly

Jul. 30, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson watches training camp practice Sunday at Ray Nitschke Field.  H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson watches training camp practice Sunday at Ray Nitschke Field. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

Packers general manager Ted Thompson spoke to the media after Tuesday’s padded practice. Here are some highlights from his news conference:

-We’re just getting started but (Datone Jones) seems to be doing fine. Nice guy. Really nice guy.

-We’ve talked about this before, especially when you’re in training camp. Injuries are a concern. Things you want to try to avoid. There’s been some bad luck around the league. It happens this time of the year. All of us have our share of nicks and bumps, you just hope you can dodge them.

-I’m sure there’s been a lot of cases. It’s opportunity. You hate to see anyone get nicked up but that does give opportunity to other people. From a big picture, you want to make sure you have enough.

-We felt good about competition level of years passed but I do think this year there’s a lot of guys vying for the 53-man roster.

-Not a fan of skirmishes, especially when someone acts like they want to be in a fight. If you hit a guys facemask, you’re going to hit his head.

-Got in a fight on Thanksgiving Day once. Shortened day, everyone was going to go home. Offensive linemen Greg Sampson pulled me around and I was caught up in a thing.

-A lot of different things. I think it speaks well to the growth of our depth at that position. He’s a good man.

-We thought long and hard on that. We made a decision based off of our association with Johnny. He’s been here and been on our team. When he’s been here as part of our team, he’s been a good teammate. He had some veteran players on this team speak up for him.

-A lot of these guys don’t know who he is. Johnny has some natural ability to play the game.

-Johnny is a good teammate. He’s like his old self. I always consider other people’s opinions.

-Historically, we look at the offseason as very important for the entire roster and sophomore guys who are coming from the class before them. Their eyes aren’t so wise. We had a lot of contributions from the rookie class, as well.

-We’re not opposed to signing veterans from other teams, but at the same time in terms of team building and growth, and structured and set up, the better off you are.

-We feel pretty good about it. He definitely has a natural ability to get north and south off cuts. There’s a lot of work to be done yet but like the rest of our rookie guys so far so good.

-I think it’s unique here. I can only speak to Seattle when I was there, we went to Eastern Washington and there wasn’t very many people.

-I think it’s wonderful. Again, talking about this place and what it means to fans. I think it’s wonderful. Surely, as Mark Murphy and others in the organization have said this will happen – there will be a Brett coming back kind of thing. He’s a man who played for a really long time here. He’s a good person in the community. I think it means a lot to the Packers for Brett Favre to be remembered in a good light. I have no objections at all.

-I like him as a man but I think you grow to appreciate things about people with which you work. There are things that happen that sometimes aren’t good and you notice the reaction and the calmness and the determination to overcome the pitfalls. That’s my answer – his ability to react to things and understand the world is not coming to an end.

-It was pretty soon after I hired him. I felt the person and the personality and whole package. I just got comfortable with him very soon. I think it’s very important for the structure we have here for the head coach and general manager to have a very good working relationship but when the nitty-gritty starts.

-I think sometimes the toll that we take on our players today is a little bit understated. I’m not one of those who think these guys are soft and we have to do this and this. When we played, it was three yards and a cloud of dust. In a practice, our receivers and cornerbacks are running the whole times. We put these GPS monitors on our players to measure the loss of energy. It’s remarkable what are guys have to do to play. It’s a faster game, much more spread out. I think we ask a lot of our players.”

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