May 11, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy addresses the media after the team's first Mini-Camp at the Don Hutson Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE
I thought it would be a good idea to take Mike McCarthy's comments from each of the first two days of Green Bay Packers training camp and round them up into two posts, mostly because of the similarity between the two press conferences and how much they're likely to differ from Saturday's presser. The first two days of camp were unpadded practices, and the pads will come on tomorrow. The comments that stand out are paraphrased below, and if you want to hear McCarthy's exact words, you can click on the videos at the bottom of the post.
- Don't have timeframe with Desmond Bishop because of history with calf injuries. They're being extra cautious.
- Battle for final safety spot on the roster will probably come down to performance on special teams
- Woodson playing safety is not a huge transition. His role is not much different than his previous role in the Corner Okie sets. McCarthy considers him to be more valuable as a safety than on the outside.
- Impressed with M.D. Jennings last season, especially on special teams, and the staff expects him to improve.
- Favorite thing about Alex Green is how fast he hits the hole.
- Nick Perry made one big play in the flat in coverage and McCarthy was impressed, but notes that there hasn't been a padded practice yet, so take everything with a grain of salt.
- QBs played very well, but they had issues with play clock management.
- Anthony Hargrove was excused for personal reasons and should practice Saturday.
- Packers added a 2.5 second clock to practice for QBs today to encourage quick releases. It also functions as a time clock for the pass rush.
- Jordy Nelson's special teams responsibility will depend on how others play. Kevin translation: The Packers don't want to put him in that spot, but he will if Randall Cobb isn't good enough, which shouldn't happen.
- McCarthy then directly contradicts this by saying he will play starters on special teams if he believes it's best for the team. Personal opinion: In the case of Nelson as a returner, it's only best for the team if Cobb is struggling, which, once again, shouldn't happen.
- Happy that Green and all other running backs are healthy so he doesn't have to modify practice. The team is still limiting his reps to be extra careful, however.
- Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley have improved in every way and will have a chance to make the team. May need to compete on special teams to make it; McCarthy notes that James Jones looks excellent on special teams.
- Happy with D.J. Williams' performances in practice so far.