GREEN BAY — The Packers’ three coordinators plus all the defensive position coaches spoke with the media on Wednesday. Here’s a rundown of some of their key comments on the progress of training camp.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
On Clay Matthews moving back outside:
I think he played there long enough that Clay knows what we do outside there. It’s just a matter of getting your reps and getting ready. He still rushed on third down from the outside quite a bit. I don’t think it’s like he’ll lose anything.
On the Browns game:
I thought we got a good look at the young guys. Hopefully, we’ll see another step this Thursday. We’ll get a good challenge because this is an explosive offensive team.
Linebackers coach Winston Moss
On Datone Jones:
I thought Datone really played well. I thought Datone has shown some growth in being able to consistently play in all three phases. I think he took really good job the times he had pass-rush opportunities. I thought he showed some athletic ability when he rushed the passer. Great start for Datone, but he has to keep it going. … He dropped some more pounds. Every single day, he’s going to look more comfortable looking like an outside linebacker than someone’s an elephant-type or making a transition.
On depth at position helping Matthews:
Clay’s a competitor. You have to fight clay to get off the field. We’re going to continue to find ways to try and deploy as many guys as we can. We have to set our depth chart and from there find the best way to deploy these guys and use them as effectively as possible.
Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
On Kenny Clark:
He’s a very serious young man. When you talk to him, he’s always looking you in the eye and he takes in everything you could say. Sometimes when you take in younger players, that’s not always the case. He takes his job very serious for a young guy. I do like that about him. Likes to have fun, but doesn’t joke around a whole lot.
Safeties coach Darren Perry
On Micah Hyde’s value:
I think that was evident last year when we lost Morgan in the middle of the season and did an outstanding job for us. He’s a very versatile guy, brings experience. When he’s out there on the field, there’s no worries. He’s like a starter for us.
On if he was expecting Morgan Burnett to play Friday:
Yeah we were. Things happen. It was a little setback, but he’ll get healthy.
On Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in single coverage:
Ha Ha’s always been able to cover. I think if you ask for his preference, I think he likes roaming the middle of the field. In a crunch situation, I’ll take him against any other tight end in the league.
Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt
On what he wants to see from the young cornerbacks:
We just have to play better all the way around. We made some plays, but we didn’t play consistently enough for me. We need to do a better job making sure we hold our vertical control at all times and we’re passing routes the right way.
On rotating the cornerbacks:
We’re going to rotate. That’s just part of what we’re going to do. Each week, we’re going to match guys up the best we see it. … We’re going to take it through every game that we play. You won’t see just one person play just one position. We’re going to play multiple people in multiple positions.
On the young cornerbacks:
I have one guy who has proven himself. Everybody has needs to come on. Yes, we have depth of young guys. We have to prove we can play winning football in this league when we’re playing winning teams. I don’t want to praise anybody of the other group because we haven’t done anything other than Sam.
Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook
On Jared Abbrederis’ returns against Browns:
The last return was all him. I don’t know if we blocked anybody. We got in front of some people. I remember asking Brett Bielema, ‘Where’d you get that guy?’ He said, ‘I got him as a walk on.’ That big return was all him.
On Jeff Janis injury:
Obviously Jeff was making plays. He’s done a great job with the gunner position. That transformed into the return position. Anytime you have a good player who makes plays for you, that’s the game. You just have to go on.
On gunner options:
Robertson Daniel did a nice job. He’s learning the position. Goodson when he gets back, he can do it. Quinten Rollins is pretty good at it. You just hate to lose guys early.
Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
On Eddie Lacy:
Off to a good start. That was one of the goals going into the game, we wanted to run the football. Broke tackles – something we measure everyone by – ability to break tackles. … We talked about the energy he’s bringing in the classroom environment and bringing it onto the field. We just have to continue down that path and be consistent.
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