GREEN BAY—There was a lot Mike McCarthy liked about the Packers’ first training camp practice of 2013. Most important, he liked the fact that it looked the way a practice is supposed to look.
“I liked the tempo, liked the pace,” McCarthy said, adding that it was rough in spots and he’s not “jumping for joy,” but he felt the more productive OTA sessions from the spring have gotten the Packers off to a better start.
“This team learned how to practice better, faster, harder with the tempo that’s necessary to train, and I thought it carried over to today.”
The roster was a little thinner than expected, though, with 10 players not practicing.
Also, running back
As expected, defensive lineman
As for the action on the field, rookie cornerback
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“If you’d ask me who was the one player who jumped out to me, I’d say it was Micah,” McCarthy said. “That’s something that you saw on his college film at Iowa. His ability to play the football, he has excellent ball skills, he’s a very good anticipator.”
The kicking competition also got underway, with
“We want to make sure we have plenty of information,” McCarthy said of the kickers, suggesting there will be more head-to-head duels like that as camp continues. “The reps will be higher.”
Practice also featured three two-minute breaks that have been inserted into the schedule to simulate television timeouts during games. Called a “re-gen” period, the players take a break, get a drink and then proceeded with more 11-on-11 work, generally the most intense portions of practice.Additional coverage - July 26