McCarthy: Williams closer to return than Shields

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. Here are some highlights:

Green Bay Packers' Tramon Williams up ends Oakland Raiders' Mychal Rivera forcing him to drop the ball in the second quarter.

The Green Bay Packers host the Oakland Raiders Friday, August 22, 2014, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. 
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Injury report: DNP – CB Sam Shields (knee), CB Tramon Williams (ankle). Limited – DE Datone Jones (ankle), WR Jarrett Boykin (groin), ILB Jamari Lattimore (neck). Full – ILB Sam Barrington (hamstring), DE Josh Boyd (knee).

On Sam Shields/Tramon Williams:

As far as I view their opportunity to play this week, we'll give them every opportunity to get ready. I think Tramon is closer than Sam.

On read-option defense:

Two years ago is a different football team. This is a new group. We're focused on it. Cam Newton runs it very well, run it for quite some time. Brings a dynamic to the read-option as far as his ability to run the football. We're preparing and how we handle it, there's other elements and factors involved. It's a primary concept in the NFL. Better today than a couple years ago.

On Davon House/Casey Hayward:

It's definitely a credit to our depth and those two guys. The way they stepped up in the Miami game. It also carriers over to special teams.

On Aaron Rodgers getting hot:

I think there's a lot of sports where the fine skill of the position they're playing. Whether it's a guy who's shooting a basketball well or golfer in a groove, I think there's a lot of carryover from one sport to the next. I think Aaron is playing very well. I've seen him play better. The standard he set and all the little things he's done at a high level, he has a lot of god football in front of him. It's not really his individual performance, but our focus this week is we're not as efficient as we want to be after six games. That's how we spent our time last couple days.

On Jamari Lattimore's neck injury:

I think stinger would be accurate.

On James Starks/Eddie Lacy rotation.
It's a catch-22. When you're a player like Eddie and James, they want the carries. They want to start pressing the defense in the third and fourth quarters. That part of it, they haven't been given that opportunity, but it's a long season. I feel good about rotation. It gives us the ability to keep rolling. You have a fresh back in there every day. They can play first, second and third down.

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