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Mike McCarthy: I'm just very proud of our young players

Undrafted running back John Crockett scored on a 15-yard run Thursday evening.

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Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke with the media following Green Bay's 38-10 blowout win over the New Orleans Saints. Here are some highlights:

Opening statement:

It's always fun to win and it was a great environment tonight at Lambeau. I'm just very proud of our young players. I thought the football game in the second half was impressive. Now the process starts where we have to prepare to release 22 players. The next 48 hours is one of the toughest things that we have to go through as a football operation. We'll start that process immediately, but I think just to wrap it up, I'm very proud of our players with the energy and enthusiasm and the way they flew around tonight.

On Brett Hundley's performance:

Brett Hundley is a heck of a football player. I always enjoyed watching him on TV when he played at UCLA. Fully realized the opportunity that was in front of him and the room he was in with Aaron Rodgers and the other quarterbacks. I just really like his approach and the way he's gone about it. He's picked it up quickly. Really the last two weeks have been huge for Brett, he's performed very well. I think he's off to an excellent start.

Brett's going to work hard each and every day and he has a lot to offer. He has a lot in front of him and a lot to learn. It's been exciting watching him get off to a good start.

On the wide receiver group:

I like our receivers. We're going to have tough decisions to make. Myles White has put two back-to-back games together. It's good to have Jared (Abbrederis) out there. All those young guys played well tonight. We ran the ball well, threw the ball well.

On what led to Myles White taking another step:

Hardwork. Myles White has been in a little bit of everything. Everytime we've challenged him, he's responded and I think he's put together two good games.

On the performance of the starting defense:

Well, we haven't really played them all together. You've got to be realistic about these preseasons and make sure you get accomplished what you can. You know what you want to be, but the reality of it is, until you start playing the real games is when it shows up.

On special teams:

It got better tonight. The operation was clean, both in the punt, kick and field goals. From what I saw I thought special teams did a lot of good things.

On Jared Abbrederis returning punts:

We just saw him in college. He very natural, doesn't flinch, and he's experience there. He's got quickness, good vision. From what I saw on the replays, it looked like his reads were correct. It's good to get him those opportunities.