Notes from Mike McCarthy's post-OTA press conference

Packers receivers Jordy Nelson (right) and Randall Cobb (left) are playing for big contracts this season while Myles White tries to find a role with the team. Image by Mark Hoffman

Notes from Mike McCarthy's post-OTA press conference

By Greg Matzek. CREATED Jun 3, 2014

It was another sun-splashed Tuesday at Ray Nitschke field for the beginning of the Packers second block of OTA's. It was the first chance for fans (and media) to see second round rookie WR Davante Adams and third round pick Kyrhi Thornton (DT) on the field. Adams and Thornton missed the first block of OTA's after being selected to participate in the NFLPA's rookie premier in Los Angeles. 

Below are some top-line notes from Mike McCarthy's post-OTA press conference. 

  • Looks like RB JaJuan Harris is back to full strength. RB position is very challenging throughout the season. Need depth. Eddie and James were great last season. Harris will compete for a spot this season. 
  • Nice to have guys back and looking to prove themselves. Bryan Bulaga (torn ACL) is making progress. 
  • Too many pre-snap penalties today. Kinda disappointed. 
  • Doing everything possible to create best environment for players. Trying to limit injuries. 
  • Scott Tolzien is better than he was at the end of last season. Tireless worker. Mechanics are better. 
  • Don Barclay has earned the right to compete for starting tackle on the right side. Very versatile offensive lineman. May expose him to center position over time, but not eager to do so yet. 
  • Derek Sherrod (OT) looks as strong as ever. He needs work in pads. Will continue to compete on the left side where he is most comfortable.
  • JC Tretter made impression on his teammates with work ethic recovering from injury. Spent countless hours at the facility in the off-season. Players have noticed.
  • Good to have Davante Adams (rookie WR) back. Very strong. Looks comfortable. Can separate and pluck ball from the air. Just needs more reps.
  • Clay Matthews doing a lot of rehab. He's progressing. No need to rush him back to the field.
  • WR Chris Harper has explosive, play-making ability. Group of WR's is deep and talented.
  • Defensive line rotation needs to be developed and diverse. Having players who can play multiple positions is important.