Notes from Ted Thompson's Tuesday press conference


Notes from Ted Thompson's Tuesday press conference

CREATED Jul. 30, 2013

Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson addressed the media Tuesday afternoon. He spoke about everything from the competition level in this year's camp, to the relationship progress made between the organization and Brett Favre. Below are some of the highlights.

  • Loves the competition in camp. Thinks more players have a legitimate chance to make the roster than in year's past. 
  • Doesn't feel as if the practice-limiting rules of the new CBA are a hindrance in making roster decisions. 
  • Hates the in-camp fighting. Doesn't see the point. 
  • Recalls the one fight he got in as a player: Was a Thanksgiving Day game. He mixed it up with a 300 pound lineman and thought to himself, "what am I doing?"
  • Releasing Desmond Bishop speaks to the overall growth at the ILB position. 
  • Thought "long and hard" on decision to bring Johnny Jolly back. Jolly was invited back because when he's been in Green Bay, he's been a good teammate. Jolly also had veteran players speak up in his defense. 
  • Jolly looks good so far...does things fluidly...long way to go however. 
  • Expects veteran players to (2nd year and up) to be heavy contributors. Not opposed to signing veterans from other teams, but, as far as team building is concerned, the more you can draft and develop, the better. 
  • Eddie Lacy has a natural ability to get north and south after making a cut. Like the rest of the rookies, "so far, so good".
  • Is always impressed with the fan turnout at training camp. Believes the whole atmosphere behind camp is unique. 
  • Disagrees with those who feel the Packers are not very tough. 
  • Thinks its "wonderful" that the Packers and Brett Favre are making relationship progress. 
  • Doesn't love the family night scrimmage. Fun night for fans, but doesn't love the idea of the Packers playing the Packers...feels like he can't win.