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McCarthy: Harris won't play against Rams

Aug. 15, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris catches the ball during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field last month.
Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris catches the ball during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field last month. / File/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to reporters after Thursday’s training camp practice. Here are some highlights:

♦ (The absence of center) Evan Dietrich-Smith was a little surprise to me today. Has a toe and was unable to practice. Don’t really have a status on him for (Saturday night's preseason game at) St. Louis.

♦ (Running back) DuJuan Harris, kept him in limited reps. He will not go against St. Louis. He’s ready, but we just feel we want to bring him back in limited fashion this week.

♦ Hope (running back) Eddie Lacy plays. Practiced today. Had chance to look at film.

♦ (Asked why cornerback Sam Shields left practice early.) Used the restroom. He should be fine.

♦ We need to improve, clearly. Our performance as a football team in our first preseason game. I was disappointed in how the offense graded out. Defense graded out. We’ll try to play everybody. We’ll go into that in detail tomorrow. We need to be a lot more productive than we were last week.

♦ This week is very important for us from a scheduling and training standpoint. We took the one day, went through review and used last four or five days as an in-season schedule. Thought opponent cards and way we prepare each other was much better than last week.

♦ We’re a young football team. We’ve been a young football team since Day 1 here. That’s the way we’re built and how we train. We want to win, but we want to create opportunities to get our guys experience.

♦ That has to be answered by Greg Van Roten (how the team would fare without Dietrich-Smith). There’s a couple things today that were not very clean. That’s why they’re backups and starters. If he does get a start, this will be a huge experience for him and part of his evaluation.

♦ Didn’t understand Donald Driver’s comments (about Aaron Rodgers' leadership on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike"). I think Aaron Rodgers handles his job responsibility very well. I’m very fond of Donald. Know he’s going through a tough period (with his father's death). Don’t know what to say about the comments.

♦ I think our safety position, the way M.D. (Jennings) and (Jerron) McMillian are really battling there.

♦ (Rookie cornerback) Micah Hyde is a good football player. Just the plays I was able to see him coming out of Iowa, his ability to anticipate and looks to be an exciting player once he gets the ball in his hands. When we were testing out all the players in rookie minicamp, we had one drill where 21 guys were going through the kickoff return drill and see his ability to catch the ball on the run. I was tempted to put him on offense. He has that kind of ability.

♦ I really feel our combination blocks, we’re spending more time doing it, it’s really paying off.

♦ Matthew Mulligan, the one thing when we signed him, I’d call him an anchor tight end. There are different responsibilities our tight end is asked to do but his ability to block a defensive end on the line of scrimmage is evident. Really like his work ethic and way he fits.

♦ (Quarterback) Vince Young with (number) ones, not this week. Aaron will play a number of snaps but our rotation will probably be similar as last week.

♦ Biggest thing I want to see with (receiver/return man) Jeremy Ross. He makes a play every day in practice to get your excited about him. I want him to have those games where it’s A-Z. Have a complete game. He was involved in the interception. He has that one play a game.

♦ I think Jeremy Ross has excellent chance in return game. (Rookie running back) Johnathan Franklin has done some nice things.

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