Following the Green Bay Packers' open OTA practice on Tuesday, June 2nd. head coach Mike McCarthy met with reporters to discuss practice. While the rookies and young players are on many people's minds at this time of year, McCarthy was also asked about several veterans and their roles on the 2015 squad.
Here is a partial transcript of McCarthy's presser.
On Damarious Randall practicing today: "Didn't really study him (today), we'll go look at the tape...it's good to get him in team, get him past the individual work. It's the installation part of the offseason work...worked on red zone, two-minute today. It's good to get him back out there."
On Ty Montgomery and James Vaughters having to wait to practice due to college graduation rules: "I wouldn't say you're behind the 8-ball, this is nothing new. You have a plan for those guys. There's rules for those guys as far as how you can be in contact with those guys. We're confident they'll be ready to go when training camp starts...everything's regulated by the CBA rules, this is not anything new. We'll have a plan when (they get) back here."
On Jeff Janis: "Jeff Janis is definitely moving forward. I thought he really came on at the end of last year. He's definitely ready to play at that point. There's things fundamentally he needs to work on...this game's really all about confidence once you get out there competing."
On B.J. Raji: "Very much so, I think B.J.'s in a great place. I thought last year was his best training camp in his time here. He's in great shape. He's very bright, very in tune schematically. B.J. looks great."
On Eddie Lacy's workload at this part of the year: "We're not really pounding this time of year. Eddie's situation is just to get him as much work as you can to make sure he's progressing. Fine-tuning the details. We make changes as we do every year...blocking, footwork...just making sure Eddie gets plenty of work at that."
On Scott Tolzien: "Scott is definitely one of the quarterbacks that I've seen over the years make big changes to his throwing motion (and) his fundamentals...his footwork is intact, he's been able to tie that to his knowledge and timing with the offense...I think Scott's off to an excellent start. It's no surprise based on how much work he's put in. He's done a great job applying the coaching techniques to his throwing motion."
On Demetri Goodson's work so far: "Goodson, I think he kind of really jumps out at me on special teams. Corner, he's still learning, more not what to do, but the identification of what the guy on the other side of the line of scrimmage is doing. Very competitive, excellent athlete, he's moving forward."
On Julius Peppers: "Julius Peppers put a lot of time in this time last year. He's a great student of the game...clearly the understanding he has, he's a true professional...(focus is getting) him comfortable with what he's doing but the relationships with his teammates and the timing."
On Sam Shields: "Leadership is a huge part of your locker room culture. You can't assign leadership, I don't think that works. We just try to create opportunities. You're seeing Sam step up and you've seen the people before in that role. It's good to see him comfortable in (doing) so."