Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke following Green Bay's fifth training camp practice Tuesday. Some highlights from McCarthy's post-practice presser:
- Defensive end Ryan Pickett suffered a knee bruise. He was on the sidelines during a good chunk of Tuesday's practice icing the injury. UDFA RB Marc Tyler had a shoulder bruise and rookie DE Mike Daniels was getting his knee/groin looked at following practice. No timetables were set for any of the three players.
- Speaking of timetables, McCarthy said he thinks WR Greg Jennings (elbow) can return for Wednesday's practice. He also speculated that LB Desmond Bishop (calf) and FB John Kuhn (knee) might be ready by the end of the week. Bishop and Kuhn have yet to practice during camp.
- McCarthy was impressed with S Morgan Burnett, who he called one of the Packers young players "ready to step into the forefront." Burnett had his most impressive practice of 2012 Tuesday, with a number of turnovers caused in 11-on-11 drills. Heading into his third NFL season, Burnett may be ready for a breakout season.
- It's beginning to sound like a broken record, but McCarthy again praised (when prompted) CB Davon House Tuesday. McCarthy said House's body type is well-suited for bump-and-run coverage and that he is playing off that strength early in camp. "Definitely a different player this year," McCarthy said. Sounds more and more like House is being groomed as a player much like Al Harris was during his time in Green Bay.
- McCarthy said that CB Sam Shields was getting better with his technique, but that it still needs improvement. He still relies too much on his speed. No surprise there. Shields still peeks into the backfield too often and, because of that fault, gets beat on double moves.
- McCarthy praised WR Donald Driver, who clearly had his best practice of 2012. The veteran pass-catcher hauled in at least three touchdown catches during 11-on-11 drills, including one in the two-minute situation. Barring a catastrophic injury, Driver is making this football team.
Seventh-round QB B.J. Coleman gave some good looks Tuesday. He clearly has all the arm talent necessary to make it in the NFL, and he proved it with a couple of laser throws to the far hashmarks. There was also another sequence where Coleman stepped up in a crowded pocket and delivered a completion into a tight window. Small steps to be sure, but encouraging ones, too. He has a bright future.
Tight end D.J. Williams continues to catch everything thrown his way. So far in camp, he's gotten his share of looks in the passing game.
Two rookies—safety Jerron McMillian and linebacker Terrell Manning—might have had their most active practice to date. McMillian had at least one pass-breakup while playing near the line of scrimmage, and Manning was everywhere during a stretch with the No. 2 defense.
Jermichael Finley had a couple of nice catches in his first day back from a concussion. On one touchdown, Finley motioned out wide and had no problem hauling in a short slant route from Aaron Rodgers for the score. M.D. Jennings, the man in coverage on the play, didn't have a chance.
The Packers return to practice Wednesday, in full pads, at 8:15 a.m. CT.
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