Thompson doesn't regret not signing Young earlier

Aug. 14, 2013

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Vince Young runs through drills during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Tuesday. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media


Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson spoke with reporters at Lambeau Field before Wednesdayís training camp practice. Here are some highlights:

On undrafted free agents:

Thereís incentive for all of them to be pretty hungry. I can only speak from personal experience. I was in that role as an undrafted free agent. I donít know if itís any more. I think all the young guys are here competing against grown men who have been successful.

On identifying those players:

Different positions you have different numbers, measurables, analytics. Weíre not a Moneyball team. Thereís certain things youíd like to see between height and weight, and sometimes thereís people outside that comfort level. Itís not an exact science. This one is OK, this one is not. He had certain perimeters at certain positions and heís not going to go beyond that. If you think you can find the same player here and same protection with the right measurables opposed to the ones without. (Thompson doesnít) go against that very often.

On quarterback Vince Young:

♦ Looks like Vince Young is doing fine. Heís pleasant to be around. Seems like a team guy. Heís trying to learn as fast as he can. I think heís doing OK.

♦ Everything gets a little tilted (in quarterback competition with Young). Itís not a perfect system. We try to weigh all that and try to make the best decisions we can going forward.

♦ I suppose (wouldíve liked to bring him in March or April), but I donít lament. We had an idea of how we wanted the quarterbacks to look going into training camp and we got thin.

On the wide receivers' injuries:

♦ Not concerned any more about receivers than any of the other positions. Itís given the young guys an opportunity.

♦ Everyone is doing fine. Weíre still early in the process. We havenít played our second preseason game.

On rookie running back Eddie Lacy:

Eddie Lacy has a lot of pedigree coming in and is looking fine.

On tackle Bryan Bulaga's knee injury and injuries in general:

♦ Itís opportunity for offensive line to step up on other injuries. You hate to have injuries.

♦ It wasnít semantics then (when discussing Bulaga's injury). Wanted to see them do scans and everything else. Obviously, it was as the doctors feared.

♦ In my days of playing, we barely had X-rays. Now, we have better equipment. I think itís time of year. Numbers (of injuries) are about the same.

♦ To be honest, weíd be more conservative this time of year until you get going in regular-season games.

On what the Packers' scouts are doing now:

Pro scouts are currently in a meeting that I had to leave to talk to you guys. Theyíre talking about strengths and weaknesses on a team, where theyíre playing the young guys because we havenít seen all the young guys. We all watch as much as we can. It kind of gives you an idea how a team is going to look overall.

On defensive tackle Johnny Jolly's comeback attempt:

Johnny Jolly is doing fine. Like heís always been, heís very much a football guy. Iím sure you guys see that when you see him. ... I think some people are born with certain God-given instincts to perform at a position. Johnny Jolly is one.

On rookie receivers Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson, who have been injured:

Weíll try to give them as much opportunity as they could handle. Itís difficult to balance this thing out. Itís not going to be fair when itís all said and done. Some are going to get more and some are going to get less opportunities.

On Ryan Longwell, who retired with the Packers on Tuesday:

♦ Ryan was a stone-cold, ice-cold kicker. He performed very well in pressure situations. He came in and was able to win the job here. I think he signed with San Francisco and got released and his agent called Ron, and convinced him to bring him in even though we drafted a guy in the third round. The rest as they say is history. I think heís the all-time leading scorer. It was good for him to be here yesterday. I know it meant a lot to him and his family.

♦ They reached out to us. Based off of his contributions with the Packers, we thought that was a neat thing to do.

♦ (After signing him as a free agent, there) wasnít anything we didnít already know. We actually liked Ryan coming out of college, itís just we wound up drafting a kid in a pretty high round. I donít know if it taught us anything other than it reaffirmed how itís going to turn out. I know you will all write your article about how youíre going to cut the team for us, it never works out like that. You have to do what you think is best for the Green Bay Packers and the fellas in the locker room.

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