Packers transition to preseason mode

Practices will be about preparing for opponents now


GREEN BAY -- This is transition week for the Packers in training camp.

With the playbook installation completed Saturday during Family Night, the Packers will begin preparing for their first preseason opponent on Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles visit Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

"You direct the game plan toward everybody that's playing," McCarthy said. "You have a general idea of what your opponent is going to do based on last year, but they've obviously gone through an offseason and may change direction. It's to give our guys an idea of what they're going against.

"This is starting the process of preparing for a football game."

Practices will feature periods with either the offense or defense running scout-team looks, or opponent plays. Whichever side is running the scout team, an assistant coach will hold up a diagrammed card in the huddle so the players know their formation and assignment to give their teammates the best possible imitation of the opponent.

Film from Family Night was studied and reviewed with the players on Monday morning. McCarthy said fourth-year TE Richard Rodgers, who had a productive practice, is having his best training camp to date.

Regarding the rough night for K Mason Crosby and the field-goal operation, McCarthy said "it wasn't just one thing."

"This is why we're in training camp," he said. "The most important thing is it's excellent video."

On the injury front, McCarthy said rookie LB Vince Biegel has not yet been cleared to practice. will have more following practice and locker room interviews.

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