Mike McCarthy addressed the media on Monday to recap the Green Bay Packers' fourth training camp practice. Those keeping up with #McCarthyBeardWatch will be pleased to know that his appearance is unchanged: white cap, green jacket, and salt-and-pepper beard. Here are some of his key comments from the presser.
On Clay Matthews:
Clay Matthews missed practice today with knee soreness. He’s in the rehab phase. I don’t have a timeline.
On the tempo of practice:
It’s been good, not great. We had our installation practice number four today; that puts us halfway through the installation phase. Emphasis was red zone. Things happen faster down there.
On Quinten Rollins returning from injury:
Happy with his work. Quinten was in limited fashion today. We’re treating him like its day one.
On singling out players who are exceeding expectations:
No. I don’t have before-practice expectations. I’m just focused on how people are being integrated.
On the importance of this week’s practices leading up to Family Night:
Padded practices are highest priority. We have four more this week. We’re going to take Wednesday to meet and have a walk-through. The other four practices are important, you want to get all your scheme in. When we walk off the field Saturday night, we will have all the scheme in for the season.
On Brett Hundley:
He’s done a good job picking the offense up. Our QB room is a really good room. Both guys (Hundley and Matt Blanchard) came in and picked up the complete offense. He just needs reps. He’s improved from OTA’s to this point.
On the defense today:
Thought the defense did a better job picking up blocks. Started slow in the first red zone drill, but did better in the second.
On the secondary:
Micah (Hyde) has played good football for us. We’ve got young corners, but we’ve got Morgan Burnett back there as a leader, and Ha Ha (Clinton-Dix) has stepped up as well.
On Khyri Thornton:
Khyri has improved from last year, but he’s still young and raw. He’s off to solid start.
On player evaluations:
I don’t have evaluations on any of our players. We’re not worried about where they are. It’s a little premature for that.
On Jake Ryan:
Jake’s doing good, he’s very bright young man. He struggled with special teams in spring OTA’s and he struggled in punt protection. But he’s comfortable and goes fast with our blitzes. Competing against Aaron (Rodgers) back there, it’s a challenge.