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Offensive line hitting its stride

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy likes the way his offensive line is performing, and he said part of the reason is continuity. "It’s so important to have continuity up front because the game really starts up there," said McCarthy at his press conference today. Right guard Josh Sitton said the line is starting to hit its stride after making the adjustment from Mark Tauscher to rookie Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. "We’ve been playing together since Week 8 and that’s helped," said Sitton. "I think me and Bryan are starting to get a good feel. I think we have for the past few weeks. "I think the line as a whole is starting to roll a little bit, but we have to continue to get better, keep Aaron (Rodgers) upright and we need to make some better holes for the running backs." Some tidbits from McCarthy’s press conference: *Practice participation report: Bigby out; Clifton limited; Driver limited; Jenkins limited; Matthews limited; Smith didn't participate; Wells limited; Woodson limited. *He has no plans to change his approach involving his returners, meaning he feels comfortable using starting cornerback Tramon Williams returning punts and nickel cornerback Sam Shields returning kickoffs. *Cullen Jenkins (calf) was limited at practice because the Packers wanted to ensure he doesn’t aggravate his injury. *It was an adjustment for Dimitri Nance to learn the offense since he was signed off Atlanta’s practice squad in September, but Nance has caught up with everything. McCarthy wants to get him more involved in the offense. *Nose tackle B.J. Raji probably doesn't get the recognition he should. Raji has already played more snaps this season than all of last year. McCarthy said he is having a heck of a year and is playing at a high level. *He considers Falcons receiver Roddy White a complete receiver with size, strength and speed. He was impressed with him two years ago when the Packers hosted the Falcons at Lambeau. *When asked if he is glad to put the Brett Favre circus behind him, McCarthy said to the questioner: I'm rid of it and you need to get rid of it. *He sees similarities between Aaron Rodgers and Falcons QB Matt Ryan. They have a consistency in personalities, a good trait for a quarterback. McCarthy consulted with his former offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, who coached Ryan at Boston College his senior year. *He said the Packers will have enough bodies at safety with Nick Collins, Charlie Peprah and Jarrett Bush. Anthony Smith has improved, but McCarthy made it sound like Atari Bigby would miss the Falcons game.

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