Stiff challenge awaits Packers’ secondary

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 5, 2016 – 11:16 am

161005-secondary-950GREEN BAY — The Giants will bring three productive receivers and an accomplished, durable quarterback to Lambeau Field on Sunday night, and that’s what the Packers are focused on, not all the news about personalities and emotions coming from New York.

“We’re focused on the video, what each player’s strengths are, and how we feel they’re going to utilize them against us,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “It’s an excellent receiver group, no doubt about it. They’re explosive.”

The trio of Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard was off to a strong start for QB Eli Manning before the Giants ran into Minnesota’s defense on Monday night. Beckham is the one in the headlines for his emotional outbursts during, and in some cases after, games when things don’t go well.

With former Packers assistant coach Ben McAdoo now the head coach in New York, McCarthy said there are some offensive concepts that have carried over. The work the Packers’ defense, particularly the secondary, gets in training camp every year could be a help there.

Green Bay’s defensive backs are looking to recover from a couple of rough weeks of allowing big plays. Veteran safety Morgan Burnett could be back in action this week after missing the last game. There was no update from McCarthy on CB Sam Shields (concussion). Second-year corners Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter likely will be in the spotlight on Sunday night.

“The ability to compete at the breaking point of receivers’ routes and challenge routes is definitely something we’ve improved on,” McCarthy said. “But with that, our younger guys need to get back at it. It’s something we’re focused on. A lot of it comes with comfort, familiarity and how they’re being utilized.”

Regarding TE Jared Cook’s ankle injury, McCarthy said as of now there are no plans to add another tight end to the active roster, so the Packers will be going forward with Richard Rodgers and Justin Perillo for now. will have more following practice and locker room interviews.

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