Another day, another practice, another Mike McCarthy press conference. As always, the Green Bay Packers head coach took the podium and answered questions from reporters following practice. Here's a round-up of what he had to say at today's presser.
- Tight end Eric Laird picked up a knee injury in practice. He's being evaluated and his status is unknown.
- Offensive tackle Mike McCabe's hip injury is not as bad as initially feared, but there is no timeframe for his return.
- Red zone play, on offense and defense, was the emphasis in practice today. McCarthy tried to fit in as many team reps as possible.
- Tight End Jermichael Finley, who is recovering from a concussion, practiced in shells today. He will return to full padded practice tomorrow.
- All of the cornerbacks are in the picture for playing time at the moment. They're all performing well, but all of them need game time. Casey Hayward was asked about specifically and McCarthy said that he's impressed, but that all of the cornerbacks have a chance to play.
- The team's depth at defensive line is very strong, and a very welcome change from last season. McCarthy says that the competition is the best it's ever been at that position in his time with the team.
- McCarthy was asked about the time clock the team has been using to encourage quick releases by quarterbacks, which also works as a goal for pass rushers and a timing mechanism for wide receivers. He said that coaching is about finding different ways to teach the same things, since the fundamentals never change but coaches come up with better ways to teach them.
- Bryan Bulaga is on the cusp of being recognized as one of the best tackles in the league. He's one of the first guys in the building and he's growing as a leader.
- McCarthy was honest about suspended defensive linemen Mike Neal and Anthony Hargrove. He says that it's important that they're ready when they can play, but that he has to prioritize the other guys who will be available on Week 1.