Focus will be on fundamentals, not scheme, in Canton

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on August 3, 2016 – 5:22 pm

160803-mccarthy-950GREEN BAY – As the Packers ready for Sunday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game against Indianapolis, they have fundamentals – not scheme – on their mind.

The Packers, who also will play the Colts in Week 9, won’t be draw many conclusions from the preseason encounter in Canton, Ohio, but plan to use the game to concentrate on the young players on their roster.

“This is not going to be a real scheme focus for us,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’re going to go to Canton and get our fundamental production off the ground. We’ll have a personnel evaluation that hopefully we’ll be able to do us in the regular season.”

McCarthy praised his team for having a solid start to training camp, adding that the “energy and pace” has been “outstanding” so far, particularly during the last two night practices.

He hopes it keeps up with the sixth of eight installs going in on Wednesday night.

On the injury front, McCarthy said right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) came through practice “pretty well” after being activated from the physically unable to perform list on Monday. He didn’t have an update on the other five players still on PUP.

McCarthy is expecting running back James Starks to practice in some capacity after sitting out Monday night. However, backup quarterback Brett Hundley is questionable to practice after getting “nicked up” on Monday.

Going into the first of five preseason games, McCarthy said injuries haven’t changed his perspective on how he handles his roster in the summer.

“You have to keep your eye on the target,” McCarthy said. “That’s why I’m more focused on these install practices. These are going to be two knocked down, drag out practice the next two days.”

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