Larrivee: Packers' rookies 'will have to grow up in a hurry' for 49ers game
Running back Eddie Lacy.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Green Bay Packers get to start their 2013 season with a road grudge match against a Super Bowl co-favorite in the San Francisco 49ers.
In the face of the pressure of a road game against the team who ended the Packers' 2012 campaign, three rookies may have to play major roles in helping the Packers pull off an upset victory.
Wayne Larrivee, 620WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, told "Wisconsin's Morning News" that left tackle David Bakhtiari, cornerback Micah Hyde and running back Eddie Lacy will be asked to make an immediate contribution in their first game as pros.
"You've got key rookies right there that will have to grow up in a hurry," said 620WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, Wayne Larrivee, on "Wisconsin's Morning News."
But Larrivee believes each of them will have enough veteran support around them to do more than make due.
"The big key, when you look at their whole situation across the board, you've got enough veterans around those rookies. It should make for a smooth transition."
The smoothest part of that transition will come from the veteran presence that means more than any other on this roster, quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"Mike McCarthy is very confident in where Aaron Rodgers is right now."
The Packers will also have some weaponry they didn't attempt to utilize in preseason games - wide receiver Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, who stayed on the sidelines recovering from injuries.
But like putting rookies into the fire of a big regular season game, there's also an adjustment.
"Both Jordy and Randall have been back the last couple weeks at practice, but we haven't seen much of them in games this summer. That's a timing thing that takes time. The only way you can get that is to do it in games," said Larrivee.
"The Packers are not unique to that particular problem. A lot of teams, because of the way they go about training...keeping (players) healthy for the regular season, I think a lot of teams face that where they come into the season...the timing's not quite there."