Returning players made strong first impressions with ‘fresh legs’

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 10, 2016 – 10:37 am

160810-barrington-950GREEN BAY — TE Jared Cook stood out the most, but WR Ty Montgomery and LB Sam Barrington also made strong training camp debuts on Tuesday night upon being activated from the physically unable to perform list.

“They had fresh legs,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “I thought they all did some really good things.”

Maybe too good. McCarthy said the three took more snaps than was intended.

“The plan last night was for them to go through the individual (drills) and get limited team (11-on-11) reps,” McCarthy said. “The coaches got a little carried away there, particularly with the production Jared and Ty had. It was also the thought of getting them ready to play Friday, to give them a chance to play Friday. Last night was the best practice to get them game-ready.”

McCarthy didn’t discuss playing time for Friday’s preseason opener against Cleveland at Lambeau Field. Wednesday’s practice was expected to be lighter than Tuesday night’s, and then after Friday’s game, the Packers will shift to more of a regular-season workout regimen the rest of camp.

“To me, you have to teach your team everything, diff schedules,” McCarthy said. “Regularity is very important. After the Cleveland game, we’ll go to an in-season format as best we can, an in-season format on six-day schedule as opposed to a seven-day schedule.”

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