GREEN BAY—A fresh-faced Packers defense was punctuated by an old foe playing a new position in Thursday’s OTAs practice at Ray Nitschke Field.
“He moves like a young man,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of
“I feel like I add whatever they want me to,” Peppers said following practice. “I feel very comfortable. Great group of guys. The whole NFL is a family.”
Peppers lined up at the left and right outside linebacker positions on Thursday. A defensive end in the previous 12 years in his career, Peppers worked solely with the linebackers on Thursday and appears headed for a featured and versatile role in Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.
“We wanted to operate at a lower volume of scheme,” McCarthy said of scheme evaluation his staff did following last season. “We went after scheme evaluation with the focus of doing less. We’ve learned the harsh lesson (in recent years) about playing players that weren’t ready in terms of scheme.”
Importance should not be attached to the role in which Peppers was used in Thursday’s practice, since neither starting outside linebacker,
How might the Packers defense line up when Matthews, Perry and Peppers are on the field together? The answer to that question remains for another day.
What we know from Thursday’s practice is
“I can’t wait for the opportunity. I want to be on the field and making as many plays as possible,” Hyde said. “That’s what these OTAs are for, getting comfortable about playing the position.”
McCarthy pronounced his team ahead of last year’s pace, as it begins what the coach said is the third phase of the team’s offseason program.
“The football team is off to a good, solid start. We’re a little ahead of where we’ve been,” he said. “We’re all doing a better job of understanding the CBA tempo. You don’t see players on the ground as much.”
Practice was open to the public and fans cheered nearly every catch. One of those catches belonged to undrafted tight end
“I really don’t have any medical updates. He was in town. I did not personally see him. My understanding is he’s in great shape and doing everything he can.”
“I think he’s been here every single day since the season ended. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen,” McCarthy said of Tretter.Related coverage: