On Tuesday, Mike McCarthy held his first press conference since the end of the Green Bay Packers’ preseason opener last Thursday. McCarthy addressed that game and the myriad injuries that his roster suffered as a result in his media availability.
To start, McCarthy gave an update on several injured players, noting that he expects several players to miss practice all week and to miss Saturday’s preseason game in Washington. Among those players is offensive lineman Don Barclay, who suffered an ankle injury on Thursday against the Eagles. Cornerback Damarious Randall and wide receiver Malachi Dupre, both of whom are in the concussion protocol following big hits to the head, will also likely sit out, as McCarthy said “I don’t see either one of them playing this week.”
He also gave a brief update on rookie pass-rusher Vince Biegel, who is in a similar situation as he works to return from foot surgery: Biegel will be out through this week as well.
Regarding a recent roster move, McCarthy mentioned that Shaneil Jenkins, who was claimed by the team on Sunday and waived on Tuesday just before his press conference, did not actually practice on Sunday. “It just didn’t work out,” he said, and did not elaborate further.
Regarding some things that did go well in last week’s game, McCarthy mentioned edge rusher Reggie Gilbert as a player who “definitely has taken a huge step” going into his second year. “I thought he did a lot of nice things in the game, he said, before moving on to rookie edge rusher Johnathan Calvin: “He’s green, he needs to play. He’s kind of feeling his way around, but he had some positive plays.”
Overall, though, McCarthy was not happy with the team’s overall performance against the Eagles. “We didn’t tackle very well against Philadelphia and we didn’t break tackles,” he said, adding that the numerous fumbles and overall ball security of the team “was not acceptable.”
Stay tuned for updates from practice starting at about 12:15 central.