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Coaches are not required to provide injury information during the offseason and McCarthy would offer no further information on Tretter, including a timetable for his return.
Meanwhile, the Packers concluded day two of Phase III of OTAs with a practice on Clarke Hinkle Field that pitted offense against defense for the first time this spring.
“The goal is to have a better offseason than last year. I feel like we’ve accomplished that so far with our work in the weight room and the work in Phase II,” McCarthy said.
Tuesday’s practice featured the media’s first look at
“I’m excited for them personally. They look at it as a great opportunity,” McCarthy said of having moved the two linemen. “The moves were made for a number of different reasons. Sitton has really come into his own and Bulaga is our best tackle. It’s important for us to have flexibility on both sides.
“Would I like to have five guys and say those are my starting five? That’s great. We want competition throughout, particularly on the right side,” McCarthy added.
“We want to be stronger on the left side,” Offensive Line Coach James Campen said. “We want to get our two most accomplished players on that side … to protect the back side of the quarterback.”
Coming off a humbling playoff loss in San Francisco that ended last season, a new verve and energy appears to be present this spring. Tuesday’s practice was heavy with drills to promote creating and avoiding fumbles. The Packers created only five fumbles last season, while losing eight.
“Statistically, we’re not where we need to be,” McCarthy said.
The buzz word this spring is “competition.” McCarthy spoke of it and so did several of his position coaches in media interviews.
“Everybody has been granted an opportunity to compete,” McCarthy said.
“I look for them to make that jump,” McCarthy said of Jennings and McMillian. “Morgan has clearly established himself as the leader back there.”
“I wish Sam was here. Our secondary is very competitive. I wish he was here,” McCarthy said.
“Schematically, we’re going to do some different things,” McCarthy added.