It involved a combined practice between the Oilers and Broncos from Thompson’s days with the Oilers. An Oilers defensive back angered Broncos coach Dan Reeves by hitting a Broncos receiver during a skeleton drill. Oilers coach Jerry Glanville said he would take care of it.
“Jerry got in the huddle and said that was a good hit, J.D,” Thompson said in delivering the punch line. “These are grown men that have been competing all their lives. It doesn’t take much to put them in a situation and get that out of whack. We’d rather not have risk of injury.”
Thompson could get his best chance of talent evaluation in this preseason this week in Pittsburgh. This is the only week of the preseason for which the Packers will practice four times. It’s a result of the game being played on Sunday instead of Thursday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EDT, a rare afternoon preseason game; it’s the first noon (CT) preseason start since 1995.
“That’s what we’re going to have a lot of times during the season,” Thompson said of the time of game. “I would think there would be some good there, a little better than late in the night, especially on a Sunday.”
Thompson likes to observe from the bench during the preseason.
“You get a little better idea of the younger guys; see how they respond and act. All of these guys were stars at their respective schools. Now they’re trying to figure out how to line up on the kickoff team,” he said.
Asked on Wednesday about Coach Mike McCarthy’s offseason decision to surrender play-calling chores, Thompson said: “We had some lengthy converations and I trust Mike with this team. I trust Mike to go through the thought processes. That trust has been earned over time. I trusted him on this.”
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