Can Jeff Janis play punt gunner with a clubbed hand?

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 29, 2016 – 6:08 pm

160829-janis-950GREEN BAY — Here’s a rundown of some key comments from the Packers’ assistant coaches who addressed the media on Monday.

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on the punting competition, where Masthay stands)

“I think in the National Football League, it’s an ongoing process. You have to work on your craft and continue to improve every day.”

(on whether Jeff Janis can play gunner with his broken hand clubbed up)

“If they’ll let him I think he can. He was running around out there today, and other than the club, he looked pretty good to me. That’s (up to) the doctors and so forth, but I think he can. Can he make a tackle is the biggest question to me. Can he go down there and make a tackle, which will force him to wrap up. If he can do that, if he can get him on the ground, and the doctors say he can do it and coach says he’s up, I’m all for it.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on the injury situation as it relates to the final preseason game and roster cuts)

“In this game nowadays, you never know. An injury here or there can really change the way you look and some of the things you can do. That’ll be a part of our evaluation process. You’re going to see a number of guys playing a lot more than they’ve played to this point in a preseason game. It’s a good opportunity.”

(on Kenny Clark and the time he’s missed)

“I don’t know if you ever feel guys totally get enough work, especially young guys, but Kenny’s made progress when he’s been in there. He’s like a lot of young guys. We like his ability, we like what he brings to the table, and he’s one of those guys you’re going to see consistently get better the more work he gets.”

(on Joe Whitt as CB coach)

“Joe is an outstanding coach. He’s very knowledgeable, he’s good technique-wise. He’s very demanding on his players, and you see that they respond to him. To me that’s what coaching’s all about. Your players are always going to be a reflection of you when they take the field. He’s done an outstanding job in the past and here this year.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on the No. 3 WR job)

“Extremely competitive right now. The good news is we have another preseason game to give guys opportunities to go out there, do it the right way and make plays. That competition is extremely hot right now in that room.”

(on Burks’ cutback run for a TD in San Francisco)

“You go back and look at it, we had some really good blocks and guys finishing their blocks coming off the perimeter. It was a good read by him, a good reaction, and he got the ball in the end zone.”

Associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss
(on inside LB)

“We have some young guys there that are really coming along. As a staff, we just have to come to a decision with what we feel comfortable with. We have a lot of options there as well.  We’re excited about that position.”

(on Jayrone Elliott’s camp)

“Just because maybe his stats and tweaking a hamstring this last game may something else, I feel confident about what Jayrone is as a person and a player. Every single year he’s grown. Even though it might not show, I believe in what he can do and what he can become. I believe given enough opportunities Jayrone will come through for us.”

(on Reggie Gilbert)

“It’s pulling teeth to get him to say something, but he works hard every single day. He’s been very consistent. Just about every single game — he’s made a sack for a safety, a half a sack here, nice run stuff here, pressure on the quarterback there — he’s executing his assignments very well. He’s been very quiet, but very steady.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(any worries about the two draft picks being ready?)

“I never worry. I sleep good at night. You coach them up and they’re two, young, good upcoming players, and we have to go to work.”

(on what he’s looking for from the young players Thursday night)

“Just let ‘em play. Let ‘em play. See who makes the most plays. Defense is about getting to the ball, and that’s what we’re going to look for.”

(on Mike Pennel starting the game in SF)

“Mike Pennel is going to be an important part for us, so we’re going to keep him going and keep his reps up. Obviously he’s not going to be here the first four games, but he’s going to be an important part for us down the road. When we’ve had a chance to give him some reps, we’ve given him some reps.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on Kentrell Brice)

“He’s working hard. I think I’ve said this before, all the young guys, a lot of information is being thrown at them right now, and to put that stuff behind him, play fast, let his natural ability and instincts take over, it’s good to see. He’s not thinking too much, he’s reacting.”

(on Burnett’s readiness for the regular season)

“I think Morgan will be fine. He’s played a lot of football around here, a lot of snaps. There’s no nervousness or trepidation about him being ready to play. He prepares as well as anyone here.”

(on Clinton-Dix)

“He’s all business. In the classroom, in the meeting room, he’s as serious as you can get. Being able to apply that on the field is what the good ones can do. He doesn’t blink. He just goes out there and plays.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on the inside LB rotation)

“We’re really going to take this week and see how everybody’s health is, where everybody’s at, but we know we’re going to go in there (to KC) and compete just like the first three preseason games. They have to go into this game knowing they’re still competing for jobs, across the board.”

(on whether the regular-season rotation might be based on opponent matchups)

“You always want to put guys in position to win, in the best position to help the defense. We’re going to play it out and see what happens.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt
(on sorting out the depth behind Shields and Randall)

“I wish somebody would make it easy and say hey, I’m the guy, but nobody has. That’s why I think we are where we are. I think we have quality players, but to say somebody has separated themselves – Sam and ‘D’ have separated themselves – but we’re looking for that fourth, fifth guy, and we’ll go from there.”

(on what he wants to see Thursday from the young guys on the bubble)

“I just want to see them compete, understand what we’re doing, show the ability to make plays, show the ability to play fast. This is a very important game. I may be in the minority, but I believe in the preseason, because it’s the bottom half of your roster that makes a championship team in my opinion. The year we won the Super Bowl, we had 16 guys go on injured reserve, and it was the bottom half of that roster that helped us win that Super Bowl.”

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