Packers’ assistant coaches discuss players’ progress in camp

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 2, 2016 – 12:16 pm

160802-moss-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ three coordinators plus all the defensive position coaches spoke with the media on Tuesday, a day off from practice for the players. Here’s a rundown of some of their key comments on the progress of training camp.

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on playing with Brett Favre)

“It goes back to the energy, the enthusiasm. He played the game like playing it in the backyard, as far as that type of joy. You truly have to love what you do and do what you love, and he displayed that every single time, and he enjoyed it. It certainly made an impression on the rest of us. He made it fun. Bottom line, he made it fun.”

(on Davante Adams)

“He continues to improve, but like all of our guys, it’s about being more consistent. You see him improving his overall route-running. Those extra meetings with Aaron, with Luke, it’s about seeking out our advice in how to get better, how to run a route better, and ultimately making the play.”

Associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss
(on Lerentee McCray)

“So far in training camp, he’s flashed some really good tools. Plays with a lot of intensity. You can see a lot of passion in his play, quick twitch. He’s picked things up well for not having a lot of reps (while out during OTAs). Can’t wait for the preseason games to get going to see how he does.”

(on Datone Jones and his position change)

“Datone was probably a little awkward in the OTAs, but I’ve been only impressed with him in training camp. He’s really starting to get comfortable, starting to play with more instincts. We’re asking a lot of him right now. As long as he keeps that focus day in and day out, he’s got a really good chance. We’re hoping for good things from him.”

(on Jayrone Elliott)

“He’s always looking to improve. He’s seeking to find that signature move, that identity move in his pass rush. He’s not afraid to try and expand what he’s doing.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on Kenny Clark)

“He’s got good size and strength, but he’s got some quick twitch to him. The closer you play in there, that quick twitch is important. You can see he’s got some power in there, when somebody tries to block him. You add that with quickness and it’s a pretty good combination.”

(on Kyler Fackrell)

“I like the guy. You watch him, he’s all business. I think he runs well. He’ll comprehend things. He’s got some natural pass rush to him. He’ll be a fun guy to watch as we get into these preseason games to see how he stacks up against other competition.”

(on how he knows a rookie in the front seven is ready)

“The basis of what we do, if guys know what to do, how to do it, their technique, and they do it full speed, those are three key elements. If a guy is thinking too much, then he’s not going to be going full speed.”

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on Lerentee McCray)

“He’s a sudden guy. I like his attitude. We didn’t get a chance to see him in the offseason, so it’s been a pleasant surprise. He’s definitely aggressive and sudden and likes contact. Guys that seek contact you like to have on special teams.”

(on punt returns, and Micah Hyde)

“We’ve got to improve our punt return game. We’ve got a guy who’s got three touchdown returns in his career, and he’s a young guy, and we have to get back to where we need to be. I like to have offensive guys (as returners), because they handle the ball, but Micah was an offensive guy in high school.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(on draft picks Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry)

“They’re two real serious guys with their preparation. When they make a mistake, the usually don’t repeat it. Kenny is probably in a little bit more familiar position than Dean is, but two real serious guys who work hard.”

“We’re going to work (Clark). We’re going to work him and see what he can do.”

“(Lowry) is a big, tall kid in there. Tough kid to throw over.”

(on the dynamic in the D-line room, with just two veterans in Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion plus so many young players)

“There’s a ton of energy in that room. I think both Mike and Letroy have done a fabulous job of helping these rookies. It used to be along time ago — I’ve been at this a long time — veterans didn’t say anything to rookies because they didn’t want to lose their job. We’ve got two guys who are confident in what they do, and the rookies ask them questions. There’s a lot of dialogue going on in that room.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on Morgan Burnett sliding down in that hybrid linebacker role)

“Morgan is physical. He has a good understanding of the run game in terms of where he’s supposed to fit. Taking on blockers is something we’ll have to be conscious of, but he’s not a linebacker, so it’s still different for him.”

(on the pairing of Burnett and Clinton-Dix)

“The biggest thing is chemistry. They work well together. They talk, they’re like brothers, on and off the field. Morgan has been a great role model for him, in terms of being a pro. That relationship on and off the field helps.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
(on the differences between Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins)

“‘Q’ doesn’t say anything. ‘D’ is constantly talking. ‘Q’ is such a vision player. He wants to play with his eyes. ‘D’ is a feel player. They’re different, so coaching them is two totally different spectrums because of their skill sets. They’re both tough and smart, and they can go get the ball, but they’re two different players in terms of how you coach them.”

(on LaDarius Gunter)

“He’s playing inside (in the slot). I didn’t think he would play well inside as he has, but I’ve been really pleased with his understanding of passing routes and working with the ‘backers and safeties. He’s done an outstanding job with that. ‘Gunt’ is a pro. He’s as hard a working guy as I have in the room. He’s very serious. When he asks a question, he wants an answer and he wants it now.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on Blake Martinez)

“He does a great job learning. He wants to know more. I feel good about his competitiveness and his physicality. I just want to see him now go compete and make plays. Let’s get some impact out of you.”

(on Jake Ryan)

“He’s built on that first year he’s had, and he’s been able to see the game faster and understand what we’re trying to do. We talk about football IQ, and it goes back to Blake, you have to use it to your advantage. It’s not enough just to be able to talk about it in the film room. You have to take your experience and what you see, read your keys know what’s coming and go make a play. I think he’s developed there.”


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