GREEN BAY—Wide receivers Jeremy Ross and
For Walker, it’ll be a chance to strengthen his pursuit of a roster spot. For Ross, the opportunity on Saturday will likely include a chance to become the Packers’ lead return man.
“With everything we do in practice, we’ll have plenty of information on the ability of our returners to catch the ball and secure the ball after the catch,” Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum said of a door to the kick-return position that might’ve swung open recently when
Ross flashed his return ability late last season. It won McCarthy’s trust, but then Ross betrayed that trust by committing a costly fumble deep in Packers territory in the playoff loss in San Francisco.
Which player is he, the one that makes plays, or the one that commits head-scratching mistakes? Ross can help deepen his coach’s trust with an error-free performance in St. Louis.
“He has to get to the point that you can count on him every single down,” McCarthy said.
Walker is the latest in a seemingly endless list of Packers undrafted wide receivers that leap to prominence in training camp every summer. Two years ago, it was Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley. Last year, it was
“You see a guy in steady growth who continues to get better. There are no dips,” Wide Receivers Coach Edgar Bennett said of Walker, who led the Packers in receiving with five catches for 41 yards in the 17-0 loss to the Cardinals last Friday.
The battle for the starting right tackle job is expected to be featured in Saturday’s game.
“You’d like to have it set so there’s enough time for those guys to play together,” Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said of settling on a starter at right tackle.
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“I think he’s more comfortable. He’s moving around better because he’s more sure of himself. He’s made strides,” Clements said of Young.
The kicking competition between
“They were very solid this week,” Slocum said of his two kickers. “We have to get as many reps as we can for the evaluation process.”
“Create opportunity and get our quality of play to rise,” McCarthy said of his responsibility. “(The players) have to make it clear who the starters are. It’s not up to me.”
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