Matthews spending ‘majority’ of time at OLB
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke with the media briefly after practice during Thursday afternoon’s organized team activities. Here are some higlights.
• On Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson getting offseason work: It’s very important for Jordy Nelson to catch the football from Aaron Rodgers. I think that’s something that can’t get lost in his coming back. Jordy is human. Aaron throws the football differently than the other quarterbacks we have here. So it’s important for him to get that timing and see the football come out of his hand, get his head turned around with the ball in the air. It was important to start that process today.
• On Clay Matthews going to OLB: I don’t look at it as a transition. He’s spending pretty much the majority of his time there, and he looks good in the tempo and teaching environment that you’re in this time of year. So far, so good. He looks good.
• On Matthews and Aaron Rodgers veteran leadership: It’s very important for your program. Your best players need to be your best people, and your most committed people to your program. We operate pretty much around 95-plus percent. Guys do a great job committing to the nine-week program. It’s essential for us to be successful as a football program with that participation. Having Clay and Aaron and Jordy, they’re important to that.
• On Brett Hundley’s growth: Scott Tolzien did a heck of a job with his time here. Brett is coming from a different starting point being drafted, so we’ve had him from Day 1. He’s doing a lot of nice things. I think you have to recognize the preseason he had last year, doing a lot of good things in the games. He showed a lot of growth.
• On Marquise Williams: Well, I think you have to like his arm talent. He’s someone we’ve identified, and we’re looking forward to working with him.
• On John Kuhn’s veteran leadership with Aaron Ripkowski last season: Well, a veteran player helping the younger player is essential to our locker room. It’s essential to a healthy NFL locker room. John Kuhn was certainly exemplary with his time with Rip. It’s very important.
• On Nick Perry being healthy this offseason: I just think the way Nick Perry is moving clearly reflects the benefits of our offseason program. He’s had a rough ride there for a couple years with different injuries. Nick has looked great through all the phases, talking with the strength coach and the nutritionist and his position coach. He’s having a terrific offseason.