Packers OTA Press Conference: Mike McCarthy Discusses Third Week of OTAs

Joe Robbins

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media following Tuesday's OTA practice to discuss team progress, the transition to minicamp, and Sam Shields returning during Tuesday's presser.

As with every other open "Organized Team Activities" practice, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the assembled media to discuss the team's progress as it begins the third week of OTAs.

When asked about what he looks for at the running back position:

"We have concepts on offense. At end of day, it's productivity. Starks' was best of career in '13. I'd like to think Eddie puts the beating on, doesn't receive it. Have to be conscious of the mileage, and wear and tear."

On how Bryan Bulaga looks so far during OTA practice:

"Bulaga looks good. Our pass under pressure drills have been good. He's getting exactly what he needs. He is stronger, weighs a little more than he has in the past. He's having a heck of a spring."

A reporter asked about how rookie tight end Richard Rodgers has looked:

"Richard Rodgers had a big-time catch today. Natural in space. I'm excited to see him when we get to the in-line working during training camp. Off to very good start."

McCarthy on guys separating themselves during OTAs:

"They can. But you have to be conscientious. Not in helmets. Don't get to see what you do in to camp. Let's be realistic, we're practicing in helmets. These practices are tailored to agility and being in space. There won't be any jobs won in June."

On the progress made by second-year center J.C. Tretter:

"I consider Tretter as part of second-year jump because of what he put in during his first year. I look for Tretter to take big jump. He was here every day during offseason. Impressive when he came back from injury late last year."

Discussing the change from OTAs to minicamp:

"Minicamp is a continuation of what we've done in OTAs. Only difference is that it's mandatory. We've gone about our install schedule different to give rookies review time."

On having Sam Shields back in 2014:

"Shields is definitely one of players you consider one of your guys. Signing a second contract, I think it's huge. That pattern shows how we operate. Happy on a personal note to see him get rewarded. One of our core players now."

McCarthy discussing fights breaking out in practice:

"It's nice to see once in a while, as long as you manage it. To think you're going to go out there everyday and not have that is unrealistic."

On Micah Hyde's progress in his second season:

"Hyde's done some good things playing a number of positions. As I've said, he will be given the opportunity to play all three downs. Hyde has shown the flexibility to go back and forth (between safety and cornerback)."

When asked about the team's work ethic:

"Work ethic has always been very high for our football team. This group is extremely competitive, in tune. Sense of maturity. New training environment is unbelievable. Brings more confidence. Our veterans are doing a great job with the young guys. Self correcting, a lot more proactive approach. Those are good things."

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor to TonySoftli.com and The Football Educator. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.
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