News & notes: WR Jarrett Boykin continues to battle, kickers perfect

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 13, 2013 – 5:03 pm

WR Randall Cobb was playing through some obvious pain in Tuesday’s practice. For an update on that, check out today’s feature story. Here are some other news & notes:

–Boykin, Jolly stand out: Undrafted rookie WR Tyrone Walker has received a lot of attention lately, but second-year pro Jarrett Boykin isn’t about to give up his roster spot that easily.

WR Jarrett Boykin

WR Jarrett Boykin

Boykin had a strong practice on Tuesday, making several catches working with both the regular offense and scout-team offense.

Boykin made a nice grab on a comeback in traffic, a diving catch of a slant from QB Vince Young and later a spinning catch in the middle of the field. He nearly capped off his day by hauling in a deep ball from QB B.J. Coleman along the sideline, but the throw was just out of reach and bounced off his outstretched hand.

DE Johnny Jolly was another player who looked to be having a strong practice. In the one-on-one pass-rush drill, Jolly slipped by G Greg Van Roten with a quick spin, and then he beat C Patrick Lewis with a swim move.

It should be noted that Van Roten then bounced back with strong reps against DE B.J. Raji and DE Mike Neal.

–Kickers perfect: Both Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio were a perfect 8-for-8 on field goals in another head-to-head duel. The kickers kicked two series of four kicks, the first from 33, 43, 48 and 50 yards, and the second from 34, 39, 45 and 54 yards.

As has usually been the case, Crosby’s kicks have carried a longer distance, and it’s especially noticeable on the longer field goals.

“Right now I’m hitting the ball really well,” Crosby said. “I’m striking it solid, and I’ve put a few good days together here, and that’s positive. But definitely Giorgio is hitting great balls and it’s motivating for me. I’m focused in and making sure that I’m taking care of my business.”

The day prior, Crosby was 7-for-8 and Tavecchio was 8-for-8, meaning the two kickers have combined to go 31-for-32 over the last two practices.

“These last two days were good,” Crosby said. ” It was good to test our bodies and test our minds a little bit and get out there and hit two long sets in a sense. I think hitting that many balls really pushed me and got me into a rhythm and into a good spot.”

–Hayward still out: Mike McCarthy made it sound as though the return of CB Casey Hayward, who has not practiced all training camp due to a hamstring injury, was not imminent, though his medical reports have improved.

“Casey Hayward’s injury is going to take time,” McCarthy said. “He’s made a lot of progress in the last 5-6 days. As far as the timeline, we’ll have a better understanding next week how close he is.”

A defensive rookie of the year candidate last year, Hayward led all rookies in 2012 with six interceptions.

–Pickett misses practice: DE Ryan Pickett missed practice due to a personal matter. He indicated on his Twitter account that he had to take one of his children to the hospital, but everything is fine.

G T.J. Lang (back) continued to sit out, as did fellow lineman Andrew Datko (concussion). McCarthy said Datko is “getting close” to passing the tests that are part of the concussion protocol.


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News & notes: Datone Jones’ one snap was impressive

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 12, 2013 – 5:26 pm

For the rundown on RB DuJuan Harris’ return to the practice field and some increased reps for rookie WR Tyrone Walker and rookie CB Micah Hyde, check out today’s feature story. Here are some additional news & notes from Monday:

–One snap but good: Rookie DE Datone Jones lasted only one snap in Friday’s preseason opener before leaving with an ankle injury, but when his teammates viewed that snap on film, they were impressed.

DE Datone Jones

DE Datone Jones

Jones came in for the nickel package on the first third down of the game and was matched against Arizona G Jonathan Cooper, who like Jones was a first-round draft draft pick. In the words of fellow defensive lineman B.J. Raji, “He completely whipped the guy and had a chance to get a sack.”

“We all talked about how great of a move he had on the guy,” Raji said. “It was rookie on rookie, first-round pick on first-round pick, and Datone, he won that rep and his leg just got caught. The other guy kind of tripped him and got his ankle. But judging Datone off that one play, his future definitely looks bright.”

Mike McCarthy said Jones would be out of practice for at least a couple of days, and he wasn’t sure if he’d be available to play in St. Louis on Saturday night.

–More on injuries: WR Randall Cobb (bicep) was back at practice on Monday with a wrap on his upper right arm. G T.J. Lang (back) did not practice and was replaced at right guard with the No. 1 offensive line by Don Barclay. McCarthy called the holding out of Lang “precautionary” and suggested it could continue on Tuesday.

RB Eddie Lacy (hamstring) missed practice again and did some testing of his injury, but McCarthy said he didn’t know how the test went.

–New outlook: Two of the Packers’ backup offensive linemen who have received praise lately from the coaches and whose reps are increasing are second-year pro Greg Van Roten and undrafted rookie Lane Taylor.

Van Roten appears to be the top backup at center behind Evan Dietrich-Smith, and he also takes a fair share of snaps at guard. Taylor has worked both guard spots in camp and managed to play well in Friday’s game despite a lack of rest.

The day before the game, Taylor’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter. He missed practice on Thursday but slept at the hospital that night with his wife and newborn, who arrived just after 5 p.m. He returned to Lambeau Field on Friday to prepare for the game and performed rather well.

“I feel like I’m starting to really clean up my technique and get fundamentally sound. It’s starting to pay off,” Taylor said. “You’ll get beat, it’s the NFL, but I keep plugging away and I’m starting to see some results.”

Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, Taylor had a handful of free-agent offers after the draft and chose Green Bay, seeing it as a “good fit.” He has a legitimate shot at a roster spot, but he admitted there’s even more motivation now with a daughter on his hands.

“Most definitely,” he said. “Having a newborn makes you more motivated because you want to go out there and provide and bring the best life for her.”

Getting his kicks: K Giorgio Tavecchio won Monday’s head-to-head kicking competition by going 8-for-8 on field goals to Mason Crosby’s 7-for-8. Crosby’s lone miss was wide left from 46 yards. With neither kicker getting a chance in Friday’s game, they can expect more work in practice as the preseason continues.

“If they ask us for 30 kicks, we’ll give them as many as we can,” said Tavecchio, who continues to preach his one-day-at-a-time approach in his effort to take Crosby’s job.

“It was a warm day today, so the balls were flying,” he said. “I felt like myself, Tim (Masthay) and Brett (Goode) were in a good rhythm with the snap, hold and kick.

“I have to watch the film to really see and dissect everything, because right now I feel good. But I always take a good look at the film and be unbiased about it. Take the lessons, the good, bad and if there’s any ugly, take that too and keep moving forward.”


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McCarthy not buying challenge explanation

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 10, 2013 – 5:18 pm

He could smile and laugh about it because it was the preseason, but Mike McCarthy clearly wasn’t buying the explanation he got for why his challenge of a call at the goal line was overruled on Friday night.

On their first offensive drive of the night, the Packers went for it on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line and handed off to RB James Starks, who was tackled and ruled down at the 1. Trying to push through the pile, Starks appeared to reach the ball out across the goal line without his knee hitting the ground, so McCarthy challenged the play, only to see the call on the field upheld.

Asked for the explanation he got from referee Carl Cheffers, McCarthy obviously wasn’t satisfied.

“The ball was over the goal line. Carl said he could not see his knee,” McCarthy said. “His hip was three feet off the ground, so I couldn’t see his knee either.

“You can figure that out … at least three feet off the ground.”

For a full recap of McCarthy’s Saturday press conference, click here.


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Game notes: Johnny Jolly almost gets sack

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 10, 2013 – 1:06 am

The Packers came close multiple times to getting sacks in Friday night’s 17-0 preseason loss to Arizona, but the most notable near-miss may have come from DE Johnny Jolly.

DE Johnny Jolly

DE Johnny Jolly

Attempting a comeback after three years away from the game, Jolly found a lane through the middle and into the pocket, but he lost his footing as Cardinals QB Drew Stanton avoided him and completed a 17-yard pass on third-and-12.

“I should’ve had that play,” Jolly said. “I don’t know, man. It was just one of those plays, I should have had it. I missed out on it.”

Jolly, who has been on a rep count in practice, said he was prepared for 20-25 snaps and believes he got at least that many, though he didn’t know exactly. He admitted he’s not back to where he was when he last played in 2009, but he still believes he can get there.

“I can’t explain the feeling that it was, but it was an awesome feeling,” he said of being back on an NFL field. “It’s been three long years, and now I’m back here. I’m just going to continue to push.”

–New dimension?: Backup QB Vince Young moved the chains twice during his three series of work. First, he hit rookie WR Alex Gillett on a slant to convert a third down. Then he ran 7 yards on a bootleg right to set up third-and-2, and then converted that with a bootleg and scramble to his left for 5 more yards.

“It’s football,” Young said. “Whatever it takes to get a first down, I’m going to get it, whether it’s throwing or running. I feel like my guys did a good job getting me the edge.”

At age 30, Young doesn’t quite run like he used to, but the power and agility in his legs was certainly evident.

“I think ‘VY’ brings a lot to this offense. You don’t know what he’ll do,” said TE Jermichael Finley, who played one season in college with Young at Texas. “You don’t know if he’s going to pass it, you don’t know if he’s going to run it.”

–More production needed: The Packers weren’t shy about trying to run the ball on Friday, but the production wasn’t there. RBs James Starks, Johnathan Franklin, Alex Green and Angelo Pease combined for 26 carries but just 70 yards, a measly 2.7 yards per rush. Rookie second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy didn’t play due to a hamstring injury.

“We have to run the ball a little more effectively I think moving forward,” QB Aaron Rodgers said. “We had a lot of attempts tonight and not a lot to show for it. We need that balance moving into the season and we have to find it the next three weeks.”

Starks led the way with 12 carries for 38 yards, the only back to average at least 3 yards per attempt. In his pro debut, Franklin didn’t find much running room, finishing with 14 yards on six carries, though he did add 12 yards on two pass receptions.

“It was moving fast,” Franklin said of the speed of the game. “It was definitely different from college. But it’s just going to take more reps adjusting to it, and I think it will slow down a lot more. It definitely can be a lot going on.”

–Close but not quite: WR Jeremy Ross got two cracks at a kickoff return, and he was maybe one step away from breaking it on his second try.

Taking a kickoff 4 yards deep in the end zone, Ross got out near the 20 and made a cut to his left but was upended at the 21, a 25-yard runback. He appeared to have a lot of room to his left if he had been able to break that one tackle.

“I was close. I was really close,” Ross said. “If I wouldn’t have gotten tripped up on those blocks right there, I would have been up the sideline.”


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News & notes: Clay Matthews remembers his first preseason game

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 8, 2013 – 1:53 pm

For a look at potential playing time and the Packers’ current injury situation heading into Friday night’s preseason opener vs. Arizona, check out today’s feature story (to be posted soon). Here are some other news & notes:

LB Clay Matthews

LB Clay Matthews

Matthews remembers: In a rather lighthearted moment in the locker room after Thursday’s practice, LB Clay Matthews was asked if he remembered his first preseason game.

He did. It was back in 2009, and Matthews had been injured in training camp, so he didn’t take the field for a preseason game until the fourth and final contest, at Tennessee.

“I was going up against that guy,” Matthews said, pointing toward another locker near his now occupied by a new teammate. “Vince Young, like a 12-play drive, no huddle, I was gassed, I didn’t think I was going to make it very long in this league.”

Lacy doubtful: RB Eddie Lacy didn’t practice for a second straight day due to a hamstring injury, making it unlikely he’ll play on Friday night. With RB DuJuan Harris still out, that will leave the running back duties to be shared amongst Alex Green, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin and Angelo Pease.

Like many of the rookies, Franklin claimed he’ll be more excited than nervous when he gets out there.

“It’s football,” he said. “When you’re doing something you love and you have a big opportunity like this, you look forward to something like this.

“The priority is to get better and take advantage of the opportunity.”

Kickers to alternate: Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t delve into specifics, but he said the coaching staff would come up with a plan to rotate or alternate kickers Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio so their competition can continue throughout the preseason.

“Exactly how we’ll alternate the kickers, that hasn’t been finalized, but we’re going to try to keep the competition as far as opportunities as balanced as possible,” McCarthy said.


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News & notes: Vince Young takes more snaps, kicking competition continues

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 7, 2013 – 3:06 pm

For the latest injury news and a recap of Wednesday’s practice skirmishes, check out today’s feature story. Here are some other news and notes:

–Young more involved: New QB Vince Young took far more snaps in the team (11-on-11) drills than he did his first day, and the uneven results were to be expected. It appeared on one play that Young’s cadence caused someone to false start, and later he overthrew TE D.J. Williams, leading to an interception by S Chaz Powell.

He came back from that to make a good throw to WR Jeremy Ross, only to have it knocked away at the last moment by CB Loyce Means.

“Vince Young is on Day 2 in a new offense,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “One of the reasons why we signed Vince Young is he knows how to play quarterback. He knows how to win. He’s played in games. He has experience. The hard part is what he’s going through right now. It’s a whole different verbiage.”

–Kickers even: In a brief kicking session, both Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio went 3-for-4 on field goals. Crosby was good from 36, 46 and 48 but missed wide right from 50. Tavecchio was good from 36, 48 and 51 but missed wide left from 46.

Not to get lost in the competition is the burden placed on holder Tim Masthay, who has to switch back and forth holding for both a right-footed (Crosby) and left-footed (Tavecchio) kicker from snap to snap.

“I feel like it’s come along pretty well,” Masthay said. “Ever since we signed Giorgio, I’ve taken a ton of snaps here. I’ve got a Jugs machine at my house and I’ve been catching left-handed field goal snaps for quite a while now and I’m starting to feel pretty comfortable with it. I feel good going into the game.”

Masthay also has been taking regular reps kicking off, and he did well in last Saturday’s scrimmage, but he was audibly upset at himself when he flubbed a low line-drive kickoff in practice on Wednesday. Masthay kicked off in college at Kentucky and enjoys getting his swings in.

“I was so mad at myself. It’s been quite a while since I mis-hit a kickoff like I did on that one today,” he said. “I don’t know if I just got a little too juiced up trying to crush it or something.”

–Different perspectives: Whether or not the post-whistle skirmishes witnessed Wednesday are good for the team depends on the point of view. DL Mike Daniels, who has been one of the more outspoken and feisty players throughout camp, loves it.

“The monotony of training camp, you see the same people every day, you eat the same grilled chicken every day, you should lose your mind,” Daniels said. “You should be angry when you hit the field. You should want to beat the crap out of each other. We’ve been doing that, and like I said, I can only imagine what we do when we see somebody we don’t like.”

QB Aaron Rodgers chalked up the extracurricular activity to fatigue and didn’t particularly care for it, but he agreed that it’s simply time to play against an opponent.

“Guys are grumpy and just don’t really take any of that extra stuff,” he said. “That’s part of camp. Some people like it more than others. I’d rather not have our guys punching each other in the helmet, hurting their hands, so hopefully that nonsense is done with. We’re excited about moving on to face somebody else.”

–Next man up: Rodgers called his new left tackle, rookie David Bakhtiari, “raw” and said he’ll be learning “in the fire” if he’s indeed the Week 1 starter.

Bakhtiari will be charged with handling the opponent’s best pass rusher on a regular basis, and Rodgers will need to have confidence that his blind side isn’t constantly under siege.

“There’s usually a tough guy at that position rushing at my back side against every team, and against their best pass rusher you need a lineman who can hold up,” Rodgers said. “Obviously we believe in David.”

Another injury on the offensive line could be problematic, though, Rodgers suggested.

“I’ve said before in this camp it’s impressive the kind of depth that we have, and now our depth is going to get tested,” he said. “We need those guys to step up and play well and be healthy. There’s fluke injuries in this thing and they’re frustrating, but from this point forward it’s going to be important that we keep all those guys healthy.”


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Bryan Bulaga to have surgery, will be out for season

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 7, 2013 – 11:14 am

Mike McCarthy confirmed after Wednesday’s practice that offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga will have season-ending knee surgery, probably next week.

Bryan Bulaga

Bulaga injured the knee in the Family Night scrimmage but continued to play. He sought a second medical opinion on the injury to see if there was any chance he play this season without surgery, but he has opted to have the reconstructive operation.

“It’s definitely the right decision,” McCarthy said. “If you look at the history of the way we’ve treated players, we’ve never advised a player to take the harder road. At the end of the day, it is the player’s decision.”

What made Bulaga’s case so unusual is that the day after his injury, he was doing one-legged squats and moving around as though there was nothing wrong.

On Tuesday, fellow linemate Josh Sitton complimented Bulaga on his toughness during the scrimmage but said he would be “stupid” to try to play this season with the injury, because he has a career to protect. Bulaga, a first-round draft pick in 2010 who is still just 24 years old, has decided to take the prudent path.

“You see him walking down the hall, he doesn’t look like a man that’s getting ready to have knee surgery,” McCarthy said. “I think there was just some hope that it wasn’t as bad as the initial opinion, and you never ultimately know until you go in there, but all indications look that he needs to have the surgery.”

The Packers continued to have rookie David Bakhtiari work in Bulaga’s place at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line on Wednesday.

In other injury news, RB Eddie Lacy missed practice with a hamstring injury. McCarthy said he had been given no information to make him concerned long-term. Meanwhile, WR Randall Cobb (bicep) was suited up for practice but was very limited in his activities. He mostly did sprints along the sideline.

RB Alex Green (knee), DE Datone Jones (illness) and DE Johnny Jolly (cramps) all returned to practice.

DE Mike Neal (abdominal) practiced for the first time in camp on a very limited basis, doing mostly individual and one-on-one drills.


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News & notes: TE Brandon Bostick coming on strong

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 6, 2013 – 2:54 pm

The latest on Bryan Bulaga’s knee injury can be found here, and more on rookie tackle David Bakhtiari and the introduction of QB Vince Young to Green Bay is right here. Regarding other news & notes …

–Bostick showing up: With injuries at tight end to Andrew Quarless (quad) and now Ryan Taylor (knee), practice-squad holdover Brandon Bostick is starting to show up more on the practice field.

TE Brandon Bostick

TE Brandon Bostick

In the scrimmage on Saturday night, Bostick made a tough catch in traffic over the middle. Then on Tuesday, he caught two TD passes during red-zone work. The first was on a quick flip from QB Aaron Rodgers over the middle that appeared to be an audible at the line. The second was on a crossing route thrown by QB Graham Harrell. Bostick caught it right in front of CB Jarrett Bush and absorbed a hit from S Chris Banjo at the goal line.

He nearly turned a good day into a great day, but he couldn’t haul in another potential TD pass from Rodgers on a difficult catch at the goal line with Bush in tight coverage.

“That would have topped off the day,” Bostick said. “It was a tough catch. I should have made that play. It was good coverage and Aaron threw a great ball. I should have made that play.”

Bostick said the key for him is being able to play faster and not think as much, now that he’s had a full year to make the transition from Division II college receiver and learn Green Bay’s offense. He says his position coach, Jerry Fontenot, is always reminding him to “play fast.”

Bostick also continues to work on his blocking, and on one play he handled Nick Perry’s outside rush OK, though he wasn’t totally satisfied.

“I held my own, but you always want to get that push,” he said. “You always want to be on the other side of the line of scrimmage.”

That’s a tough task for anyone against Perry, but Bostick is quietly improving this camp. Now he has to keep showing growth when the preseason games start on Friday.

–Injury update: Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Taylor would be “week to week” but he didn’t think he’d be out long. WR Jordy Nelson had a procedure done on his knee and is out for the remainder of the preseason, at least.

RB Alex Green (knee) and DE Datone Jones (illness) also missed practice, while WR Randall Cobb (bicep) and DL Johnny Jolly (cramps) left the workout early.

LB Dezman Moses and S David Fulton both returned to practice after missing Saturday’s scrimmage.

–Harrell follows up: After a solid showing in the scrimmage, backup QB Graham Harrell was productive again on Tuesday. In the red-zone work, in addition to the TD to Bostick, he also hit WR Myles White on both a slant and a quick out for TDs with pinpoint throws. Later, he connected with WR Alex Gillett in the back of the end zone for another score.

QB B.J. Coleman hasn’t been able to close the gap on Harrell, and Coleman didn’t help himself by overthrowing a wide open TE Jake Stoneburner at the goal line off a play-action bootleg. Young’s arrival as a fourth QB is only going to put more pressure on Coleman, but McCarthy said he’s “not giving up on B.J. Coleman.”

–Boykin steady: At the start of camp, WR Jarrett Boykin was considered the front-runner for the No. 4 receiver spot, and he’s done nothing to lose his hold on it. On Tuesday, he made an impressive sliding catch on a deep ball in a one-on-one drill against CB Brandon Smith, and then in the no-huddle period to close practice, he made two nice catches on throws from Rodgers, the first a back-shoulder ball along the sideline, and the second a slant on which Boykin took a big hit from S Jerron McMillian but secured the catch.


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Monday’s practice canceled

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 5, 2013 – 11:12 am

The Packers have canceled Monday’s training camp practice, which was not scheduled to be open to the public anyway but open only to media.

Media availability for Monday also has been canceled, meaning Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s next press conference will be after Tuesday’s practice, which begins at 8:20 a.m.

 


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Family Night notes: Young DBs shine, Eddie Lacy leads productive ground game

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 4, 2013 – 12:58 am

For the main recap of Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage, including a close look at the kicking competition and the QB play, click here.

Other news & notes from the night:

–Young DBs shine: All the injuries at cornerback for the Packers have led to extra reps for a lot of prospects, and that paid off for two young corners on Saturday.

CB James Nixon

CB James Nixon

James Nixon, a practice-squad holdover from a year ago, and Brandon Smith, a converted receiver, both turned in impressive interceptions, with Nixon returning his 65 yards for a TD.

Nixon, who has been in and out of practice with a troublesome knee, looked full speed as he took off down the sideline. He had jumped a hook route by receiver Jeremy Ross and picked off QB B.J. Coleman’s throw, and from there he said the adrenaline kicked in.

“Once I saw (the receiver) start to break down, I knew to jump and react right then,” Nixon said. “Luckily he threw it.

“It was huge. I’m still a little humbled by it, a little shocked by it.”

Smith, an unknown 26-year-old who was out of football the past two years, shocked everyone with an interception on the first day of practice, but he showed on Saturday that maybe it wasn’t a fluke.

He had tight coverage on Ross in the end zone, spun around at the right moment and snagged Coleman’s underthrown jump ball.

“I just read his eyes,” Smith said. “His eyes got big, so I whipped my head around and jumped up as high as I can to make the play.

“I want to come out here and prove myself.”

Making big plays in front of a big crowd is a start for Nixon and Smith. Their next task is to carry it over to the preseason games.

“Anytime you see your DBs compete in a one-on-one situation and go up and get the football, that’s what it’s about,” Mike McCarthy said. “It’s a one-on-one battle out there in space, and it was a great job by both of those guys, especially scoring with the football.”

–Lacy blasts ahead: Rookie second-round pick Eddie Lacy posted powerful runs of 16, 19 and 8 yards amongst his handful of carries.

The productivity on the ground was spread around the backfield, as James Starks added a pair of 5-yard runs and a 23-yard gain on a screen pass, while Alex Green had rushes of 11 and 6 yards. But it was Lacy’s explosive plays that stood out.

“I think Eddie definitely has picked it up here the last 3-4 days,” McCarthy said. “This is our longest stretch of practices in a row, and it’s important for guys to take that step, and he’s definitely getting more and more comfortable with the things we’re doing.”

Lacy concurred.

“I’m very comfortable, a lot more comfortable than when I first got in. but it’s going to continue to be a progression,” he said. “I still have things I need to learn and make sure I’m not second-guessing myself no matter what they call. There’s still room for improvement.”

–O-line update: McCarthy didn’t rule Don Barclay out of the right tackle competition, but it’s worth noting that the first sub for Marshall Newhouse at the position was rookie fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari.

Equally interesting, Barclay actually took some snaps at right guard in place of T.J. Lang with the No. 1 line.

“I give Don a lot of credit,” McCarthy said. “He’s doing what’s best for the team, and what’s best for the offensive line unit is that he’s versatile. We aren’t just letting him line up and play right tackle.”

–One injury: The only injury from the scrimmage McCarthy mentioned was to TE Ryan Taylor, who left the field, but the injury wasn’t specified.

–Williams’ status uncertain: CB Tramon Williams, who injured his knee earlier this week and hasn’t practiced since, said there is no tear in his knee and the current prescription is for plenty of rest.

He reiterated what McCarthy said earlier this week, that the injury isn’t serious, but his status for the rest of the preseason is uncertain. Williams said he didn’t think this would be something that would sideline him for the season opener, but he wasn’t going to make any guarantees he’d be out there, either.

“We’re definitely going to rest as much as I need it, but at the same time, if I feel I don’t need it and I’m able to go, I’m going to go,” he said. “We’ll be smart with it, though. Docs are smart here with injuries. I’ll let those guys do their jobs.”


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