Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to reporters after Wednesdayís training camp practice. Here are some highlights from his news conference:
♦ (Running back) James Starks missed practice with a chest illness that kind of hit him later in the day yesterday. Heís day-to-day.
♦ (Guard) T.J. Lang practiced today. Our initial plan was for him to do some individual and half-line drill. He felt great. Really wanted to go so we let him do the team. DuJuan was limited to the individual drills.
♦ Tomorrow, weíll see how it goes with (running backs) DuJuan Harris and Eddie Lacy before making decision on Saturdayís availability. Eddie Lacyís status today was individual and some limited team reps.
♦ Health is the priority. We donít want to go backwards.
♦ (Wide receiver) Randall Cobb, we rested him today. He had swelling after yesterdayís practice. He wonít go tomorrow. They wanted to give him at least two days to let it calm down. As far as (playing Saturday night at) St. Louis, itíll be a stretch.
♦ (Wide receiver) Tyrone Walker has really put together a consistent last couple weeks. Heís a very good route runner. He has excellent body language. Heís very easy to read, important for quarterbacksí prospective.
♦ (Quarterback) Vince Young is clearly different today than he was this time last week. Heís progressing. Weíve been able to spend some extra time with him and itís been beneficial. Hopefully, we can give him some more reps than what he had against Arizona. On the field, particularly in and out of huddle, being comfortable with where to go with the football.
♦ (Defensive end/linebacker) Mike Neal, really today was the first day we felt what heís about. His ability to be a difference-maker and ability to be in one-on-one situations and win consistently. Think he had one of his better practices today.
♦ Iíd like to get all four quarterbacks to play against St. Louis. Itís possible.
♦ (Quarterback) Aaron Rodgersí training camp has been consistent. Think his timing and pinpoint passes came a lot earlier in this camp than past camps. Think the rep count has helped him.
♦ Itís important to establish routine and rhythm. The ones thatís always the biggest challenge is the offensive line. If you look at the history of this game, the offensive lines that play well are the ones that practice together and play games together. It would be great to establish who those five are.
♦ (On Marshall Newhouse vs. Don Barclay for the starting job at right tackle) Thatís really the responsibility of the players. My priority is to create opportunities for these players. Think we improved today as a football team on the practice field.
♦ Running after the catch is strength for (wide receiver/return man) Jeremy Ross and his background of being a running back. You can see right away when he came to us last year. As far as playing the receiver position, he needs to be more consistent. Heíll have an unbelievable day and then heíll have one or two plays that donít belong.
♦ Return or receiving is pretty much the same thing. Return game is more yards after the first hit and ability to read the blocking schemes.
♦ I think anytime you have a chance to go against a great player. Some of us played at a high level like (linebacker) Clay Matthews has, itís definitely going to help (rookie tackle) David (Bakhtiari). Itís something when we do the drills itís by design. Itís trying to get them ready each and every week.