GREEN BAY—Clearly, the competition for starting jobs on the right side of the Packers offensive line is going to be intense this summer.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy concluded the team’s rookie camp weekend by talking about his decision to move
“We felt Bryan and Josh were our two best answers for the left side,” McCarthy said. “You put those two guys on the left side. It creates more competition and reps with everybody on the right side. You’re trying to create as much competition as possible.”
Obviously, last season’s starting left tackle,
“The offensive line is your biggest position group every year. We still don’t have a feel for how we’re going rep these guys. We’re committed to give every player a chance to win a job,” McCarthy said.
Having drafted two running backs within the team’s first five picks in this year’s draft, it’s also thought the Packers are committed to improving a running game that was 20th in the league last season, struggled to convert third-and-one plays and hasn’t had a thousand-yard rusher since 2009. Second-round pick
“They’re two different types of backs. Lacy is a bigger back. We look for them to definitely help us and contribute,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy also singled out undrafted Kansas State running back
“He looked like he had been here a year. That was evident. He’s got some ability. There are some ways he’s played the position in the past that are totally opposite from what he’s being taught. There’s a lot of retraining,” McCarthy said of Coleman.
McCarthy said this year’s crop of drafted and undrafted free agents will join the veterans in the team’s conditioning program on Monday. He offered no information on the tryout players that participated in practices this weekend, other than to say there was “meeting being conducted now.”
When asked about the status of former Packers defensive tackle
The Packers coach pronounced the weekend to have been “one of our better rookie camps, if not the best. The work was very good. We definitely feel good about the quality of men.”
OTAs are next. McCarthy said they “will be different this year, though “they won’t look much different to the media. We have a different emphasis. We changed some things in phase three.
“The real football doesn’t start until training camp. We all know that,” McCarthy said.