News now! McCarthy feels better about O-line play

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 12, 2016 – 12:37 pm

160112-nn1GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy still isn’t sure whether starting left tackle David Bakhtiari will be back in the lineup from his ankle injury on Saturday night, but if he has to turn to JC Tretter again, he feels better about how the offensive line looks heading into the rematch with Arizona.

“I feel a lot better,” McCarthy said on Tuesday. “That was clearly one of the things we needed to improve on from prior games, and JC Tretter gave us that. We had a couple rough spots there in the first quarter with some assignments we were able to get cleaned up, and from that point on, our offensive line played extremely well, and I thought JC definitely played very well.”

McCarthy didn’t have any updates on any of the injured players, saying he’d have “a better read” on everyone when the team hits the practice field on Wednesday. Cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol, rookie corner Quinten Rollins has a quad injury, and receiver Davante Adams has a knee injury McCarthy said the trainers felt differently about than Adams did right after the game.

Adams’ exit last Sunday opened the door for Jared Abbrederis, and he delivered with a couple of catches and a two-point conversion reception.

“The two-point play was something that was practiced,” McCarthy said. “It’s nice when you get the defense and the mechanics of the protection, and he just ran a great route. He’s doing a lot of good things.”

A tad shorthanded at cornerback after Rollins left the Redskins game, the Packers turned to undrafted rookie LaDarius Gunter, and he filled in admirably. He broke up a third-down pass over the middle in the fourth quarter.

“He came in and just went right about it like he practices every day,” McCarthy said of Gunter. “That’s his tenacity, his effort, his aggressiveness. That’s what you love to see in your young guys when they get an opportunity like that.”

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