McCarthy: We've improved with 3-down backs
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media following Thursday's practice: Here are some highlights from his news conference:
Did not participate: RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion), CB Davon House (shoulder)
Limited: G T.J. Lang (ankle), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen), LB Clay Matthews (biceps), OLB Nick Perry (shoulder), RB Eddie Lacy (eye), G Josh Sitton (toe)
On Bryan Bulaga:
He's in the concussion protocol and making progress. Doing good.
On Doug Martin:
Very instinctive, good football player. Having him healthy clearly makes a different with their offense
On David Bakhtiari:
David Bakhtiari has had an excellent season. You look for all those guys to make a jump and he's definitely done that. Still young guy
On running backs in the passing game:
One of the biggest improvements we've made is ability of backs being 3-down players. Rotation has been cut 60, 70 percent in terms of substitutions
On run game:
Anytime you have opportunity to work on certain things and get into a groove, the options grow.
On rookie receivers:
The natural progression of the position. More teams are playing wide receivers wide in college.
On Eddie Lacy's eye:
It's a personal non-football thing. He's getting better.