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Packers HC Mike McCarthy Monday Presser: Most wide receiver depth we've ever had

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reveals Jordy Nelson's hamstring injury and shares his belief that the current group of wide receivers is his deepest ever.

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Following the Packers' first preseason game, a 20-16 loss to Tennessee, head coach Mike McCarthy met the media to discuss his team's debut.

  • We now know why Jordy Nelson didn't play on Saturday. McCarthy reported that he hurt his hamstring during practice last week. The coach described the injury as "day to day." Fellow receiver Davante Adams came out of the game with a wrist injury. Neither participated in practice Monday.
  • The injury for undrafted rookie running back Rajion Neal is "not long term" according to McCarthy. Neal put together an impressive five carry, 39-yard, one-touchdown debut before limping off the field in the second half.
  • Likewise, defensive lineman Josh Boyd and linebacker Joe Thomas picked up injuries of their own during Saturday's preseason tilt. Like Neal, Thomas' injury isn't considered serious.
  • While it may complicate the evaluation process, McCarthy appreciated the unique environment created by Saturday's downpour in Tennessee. "One of the best preseason games I've been a part of. It's a training environment you can't create. We do wet ball drills, but to play in those circumstances hits every part of the evaluation."
  • McCarthy was very pleased with center JC Tretter's first performance of the preseason. "It gives me confidence to see how he played in that environment." Tretter received playing time with the starting offense and stayed in with the No. 2 unit.
  • The Packers head coach also had praise for tight end Brandon Bostick. "He's a big, physical tight end, added weight, stronger. He's a gifted athlete." Bostick had a 24-yard catch and run during the Titans game.
  • Scott Tolzien's big day impressed his head coach. "Scott played very well... His recovery was a huge play and he hit the first down on 2nd-and-20. Played faster."
  • When asked who jumped out from the game, McCarthy named linebacker Joe Thomas, running back Rajion Neal, center Garth Gerhart, and linebacker Sam Barrington. He also singled out the secondary for praise.

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Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor at various publications. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.