The pads can’t go on soon enough for Head Coach Mike McCarthy and his Green Bay Packers.
Sunday night, the Packers concluded their second practice of training camp in shorts and helmets and McCarthy felt the workout went much like the first one – productive, with the normal ups and downs of the early stages of camp, but without much basis for true evaluation.
It’ll get a little more real when the pads go on at 7 p.m. Monday night.
“The real work shows up in the pads,” McCarthy said following Sunday night’s workout. “We’re getting the plays right, we’re getting to the right drills, we’re getting things orchestrated the way they need to the last two days, but I think everybody to a man is looking forward to tomorrow night.”
Mental errors were down from opening practice of camp on
Saturday, McCarthy said, but otherwise a lot looked the same. Quarterback
Rodgers continued to work on his rapport with rookie tight end
The struggles any veteran has working with young players for the first time were evident when Rodgers tried to connect with rookie receiver
The missed connections were nothing to be alarmed about, but further evidence of a rookie class that got no offseason work with their new professional teammates.
“You see it clearly when they are thinking,” McCarthy said of the rookies. “It slows down for them. They’re reacting instead of attacking. It’s a process.
“We’re going to throw a lot at these guys the next 10 days. Our installs go all the way until next Wednesday, so this is kind of normal. It’s never as clean as you’d like.”
Free-agent signees cannot take the practice field until Thursday, Aug. 4, which is one of the reasons the Packers’ first planned off day is Tuesday, just the fourth day of camp – so all the free agents (Kuhn, Jones,
“John has played so many positions for us, and I know (special teams coordinator) Shawn Slocum really leans on him in the special teams area,” McCarthy said of Kuhn. “Same thing with James. I think James’ best football is in front of him.
“Anytime you’re able to keep your weapons intact as an offense, I know the quarterback, the offensive staff and everybody feels very good about getting those two guys back.”
Other notes from Sunday night’s workout:
C.J. Wilsondropped out of practice briefly with what McCarthy called a bruised calf, which happened while blocking on a kick return. Rookie defensive end Chris Donaldson(collarbone) also dropped out of practice, and rookie offensive tackle Theo Sherman(unspecified) did not practice.
Also on the injury front, Finley could return for team drills on Thursday, McCarthy said, while Quarless (hip flexor) might be back by the end of the week.