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Packers HC Mike McCarthy Presser 8/20: Jeff Janis same as any young player

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media Wednesday during his team's day off.

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On his team's day off, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the media to discuss preparations for the upcoming third preseason game against the Raiders.

  • Asked about wide receiver Jeff Janis' readiness to run with the Packers' No. 1 offense, McCarthy relayed, "Jeff Janis is no different than any young player. The adjustment part of football is an evolving process. It really comes down to getting experience and quality reps with Aaron [Rodgers]." Janis received practice time with the starting offense this week.
  • McCarthy didn't say anything new about Green Bay's decision to waive tight end Colt Lyerla yesterday. "Lyerla was waived injured. That's his status right now. It's an opportunity to improve yourself physically, mentally. What Lyerla has been through in the past, it's the past. It's a learning experience hopefully he carries forward. We try to be supporting."
  • Speaking of tight ends, McCarthy is hopeful to have Brandon Bostick available for Week 1 against the Seahawks. "I hope so. Going through the rehab process, once he starts running we hope to know more." As our own Aron Yohannes noted yesterday, while Bostick is currently on crutches he seems to be walking normally.
  • McCarthy pointed out that last week's preseason game against the Rams included the first 12-play drive that involved no substitution at all.
  • On the subject of Saturday practices, McCarthy argued, "It's less but the spikes are what we need. Our teaching environment has improved so much."
  • Count the Packers' head coach as not being in favor of the NFL's experimental extra points this preseason. "I think it looks weird. It's a big process going back for the 2-point play."
  • McCarthy described Jay Elliott's three sacks and forced fumbled from last weekend's game as "excellent."
  • For the second straight day, McCarthy commented on the NFL's new practice squad rules. "I think it's great. Going to ten walking into the team meetings. Good for players, league, and product." He was also pleased with the league's decision to open the final two spots to players that in the past would have run out of eligibility. "Giving more players more opportunities. Players who get opportunity before they're ready get caught in a loop hole."
  • The red zone offense was a focus for McCarthy this offseason. "After every year, I go through the stats of the league and look at our situations. We may do more 3rd downs one year than another."
  • Finally, McCarthy confirms that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play more than one series against the Raiders.

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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.