News now! Packers want to establish team identity

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 15, 2015 – 12:22 pm

blog-header-imageGREEN BAY — Week 2 of the preseason will take the Packers to Pittsburgh, the hometown of Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy, his new play-caller Tom Clements, and the Steelers, who the Packers beat in Super Bowl XLV.

“There’s nothing better than a noon game at Lambeau. I guess the next best is one o’clock at Pittsburgh,” McCarthy said on Saturday, as the Packers resumed training camp with an afternoon practice in some of the hottest temperatures of camp.

The goal this week?

“Our goal is to establish our team identity and take a step as a football team. When we make the move to 53 and 63, we’re keeping the right guys. That’s my focus,” McCarthy said.

It would seem the Packers reached most of their goals for Week 1 of the preseason, a 22-11 win in New England. McCarthy gave positive reviews of that game.

“We want to play fast and create as many opportunities as possible for our offense,” McCarthy said.

Six times the Packers elected not to punt or kick on fourth down.

“You look at your biggest plays of the season and they’re usually fourth downs you convert,” McCarthy explained.

It would seem wide receiver Jared Abbrederis is not ready to return to practice. He sustained a concussion in the first practice of training camp.

“He’s making progress. He’s still going through the protocol. There are a number of tests he has to go through and he hasn’t completed them,” McCarthy said.

Packers.com will provide a “News now!” report midway through today’s practice.


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