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Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference

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Notes from Mike McCarthy's Wednesday press conference

CREATED Jul 31, 2013

Green Bay Packers Head Coach, Mike McCarthy addressed the media following the Packers open practice Wednesday morning. Before we get to the highlights of McCarthy's comments, below are a few personal observations during practice. 

  • Dezman Moses missed practice with a toe injury. No major new injuries - minor nicks are all part of training camp. 
  • Injury prevention is a major focus. More players chose to workout in Green Bay in the off-season - that helps. 
  • Coleman interceptions today: one was a bad decision, the other he was fooled. All part of learning process.
  • Likes what TE Matt Mulligan has brought to the team. Very professional. Off to a good start. Blocking is a strength of his.
  • Energy level was solid today (first time with back to back padded practices). Offense was a little sluggish early. Good tape was gathered. 
  • House seems to be close to 100%. Looked good in practice today. 
  • Franklin and Lacy get better every day. Both stood out in practice today. Lacy is a tough inside runner. Powerful.
  • Someone needs to step up at the return position. Opportunity is there for someone to grab it. Jeremy Ross is a good overall football player. 
  • Kickers will hit the field tomorrow (no kicking today).
  • TE Andrew Quarless is getting better. Long road since being injured. Has to re-learn and get back to fundamentals. 
  • ILB depth is a deep group. 
  • Special teams is the vehicle to the football team. Is often times an x-factor when it comes down to final roster spots. 

Some personal observations from today:

1. Of the healthy players, rookie RB Jonathan Franklin has the quickest feet on the team. While he is a solid pass receiver, he does not appear natural receiving punts/kicks.

2. On one particular play, Datone Jones chased all the way down the line of scrimmage and collided with Eddie Lacy. Lacy lowered his shoulder, blasted Jones, and kept on running. Impressive play by both men. 

3. Datone Jones reminds me of Vonnie Holliday. Similar size, great work ethic, smart, and they even look similar. 

4. Kicker, Giovanni Tavecchio reminds me of one of the Gramaticas, though I'm not sure which one. 

5. BJ Coleman threw two picks today, but followed up each immediately with a very impressive throw.