GREEN BAY — Free-agent tight end Jared Cook has not participated in the last few OTA practices for the Packers due to an injury, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday it’s not a major issue.
“We have no long-term concern with his situation,” McCarthy said, without getting into specifics. Media reports were that Cook had a minor surgery on his foot. “Talking to Dr. (Pat) McKenzie at length today about all of our players … Jared’s particular case is not a concern. He feels good about how everything went.”
The Packers have OTAs this week and then their mandatory minicamp next week to conclude the offseason program.
A big play in Monday’s practice, which was moved indoors due to weather, was on a deep throw from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Jeff Janis. Going up one-on-one against CB Sam Shields, Janis was able to get a deflection and then catch the ball on the way down for a long TD.
“That’s a big football play whether it’s in practice or a game,” McCarthy said.
It’s the type of progression in his game McCarthy wants to see Janis make as a receiver, just as he did on special teams a year ago in becoming one of the league’s top punt gunners. The head coach added the play was an example of how Janis’ strength can be underrated.
“The play he made today was really good concentration on his part,” McCarthy said. “Really competing through the interaction with the DB and the tip of the ball. He’s a very strong wide receiver. I think that’s what surprises people.”
QB Aaron Rodgers feels Janis, as well as the other young receivers on the team, will benefit from having Luke Getsy as a full-time receivers coach in 2016, and he called plays like the one Janis made on Monday “confidence plays” that are important.
“He’s obviously gifted with his athleticism and his jumping ability and his speed,” Rodgers said. “He just has to get to a level where he’s not thinking so much and allowing his instincts to take over.”
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