Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media before his team’s practice on Friday. Here are highlights from his news conference.
On running back Eddie Lacy, who's recovering from an ankle injury:
Eddie went through his rehab. Looks good. Eddie and (wide receiver) Davante (Adams) will go through the individual work today.
On whether that’s an encouraging sign:
You’ve got to see them move around. This will be the first time. We’ll see how it goes.
On how Adams played through his ankle injury:
Tough guy. Obviously, to come back and play in the game, compete, you could see he was definitely hurting. I know he’ll do everything he can to play in the game Monday.
On Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Peters:
So far, so good. Obviously very talented. he’s made some big plays for a rookie. Extremely athletic, aggressive. Good ball skills. Good, young player.
On players having their teammates' back:
Well, we break our penalties down. We have presnap penalties you can’t accept. You have combative categories, and that was T.J. Lang’s. T.J. Lang did exactly what he’s supposed to do. He protected his teammate, went in there. Put the altercation to rest. Their linebacker got out of hand, was thrown out of the game for it. T.J. Lang has done exactly what he was taught to do.
On punter Tim Masthay’s improvement:
I look at Tim a lot like we looked at (kicker) Mason (Crosby) during that stretch (his 2012 slump). You look at the man, and the work ethic. If anything, he was probably trying to do too much going through that stretch. He hit all the targets this past week, and he’s got to do the same thing Monday night. They’ve got two dynamic returners.
On whether any Lombardi-era Packers will talk to the team this week:
That’s more private than anything, but they’re all outstanding. They all do well with speaking.
On how the offense has taken advantage of free plays:
A lot of it is (quarterback) Aaron’s (Rodgers) ability. Let’s be real, the way he can move around and extend a play, and how he’s able to make any throw. Really, the free plays are an extension of the scramble drill. It’s something that’s been done since I learned this offense in 1989. You always start out teaching the scramble drill. It’s something that both Brett (Favre) and Aaron have taken to another level. It’s part of our training. The protection is probably the most important facet of it.
On taking advantage of defensive substitutions:
It’s definitely part of the awareness of preparing for your opponent. There’s no doubt about it. Substitution patterns are something we pay a lot of attention to in game planning.
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