GREEN BAY—The first test was even harder than expected, but
The Packers’ new starting center not only made his NFL debut at an unfamiliar position – Tretter was a tackle at Cornell – but he had torrential rains to deal with on his first in-game snaps, and he played the entire first half on Saturday night in Tennessee virtually without incident.
“To go out and handle the football the way he did in his first start I think is huge,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after Monday’s closed practice at Ray Nitschke Field. “It’s something he personally will have a lot of confidence from, and I know it gives me more confidence to see him play the way he did, especially in that environment.”
Tretter did his share of work run-blocking as
“The ball is the most important thing, so you make sure you secure the snap every play, and then you go from there and get your assignments down,” Tretter said, rather matter-of-factly. “If it’s going to happen, you might as well just get it out of the way and get your first day like that. It will be a memorable one. It was probably the worst rain game I’ve ever played in.”
Monday’s practice saw additions to the injury list, as receivers
Adams injured the wrist while trying to recover his second muffed punt in the game, but he played on and didn’t come out until later.
Their absences will create more opportunities this week for the receivers further down the depth chart, but several didn’t take advantage on Monday in a practice littered with drops. Rookie seventh-round pick
Janis, who didn’t play in Tennessee after missing the first week of camp, said he’s still working on getting his wind back and is hoping he’ll get his first game action on Saturday in St. Louis.
“He’s raw. He needs the work, but he’s a big, athletic receiver that has excellent body control,” McCarthy said, adding that the competition for the final roster spots at receiver “clearly will come down to the end.”
The injuries are tough breaks for Neal and Thomas, two players McCarthy mentioned as “jumping out” for their performance in the game. Neal had five carries for 39 yards, including a 12-yard TD, while Thomas made a tackle on kickoff coverage.
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Clinton-Dix rebounded from a missed tackle with strong run support and an impressive pass break-up deep down the middle, while Barrington is moving past some rookie hesitancy that held him back last season before an injury sidelined him.
“I thought he was thinking too much,” McCarthy said of Barrington last year. “He has that big-hit ability. I just think he’s letting it go now and he’s a lot more comfortable.”