Packers turn up the heat in preparation for Jacksonville

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 7, 2016 – 11:03 am

160907-hutson-950GREEN BAY — The Packers pulled practice inside the Hutson Center on Tuesday due to inclement weather, but were still able to simulate the warm Jacksonville temperatures.

The Packers turned off the air conditioning and closed the doors to get the players used to the humid, 90-degree conditions expected for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Jaguars.

Considering it was the team’s first practice in a week, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was pleased with how things went.

“We had a hell of a practice (on Tuesday),” said McCarthy on Wednesday morning. “The workload was tremendous. It was hot inside the Hutson Center.”

There are built-in challenges in preparing for an uncommon AFC opponent to start the season, but McCarthy noted that you have to be careful not to over-examine one foe.

The Packers began working on their installs for Jacksonville during training camp, sitting down with their veterans this past week to analyze the Jaguars’ third preseason game.

McCarthy said he doesn’t have any “big, immediate concerns” with any of Green Bay’s injured players and doesn’t anticipate any significant changes from last week in terms of availability.

As the Packers prepare to go in pads for Wednesday’s practice, there is excitement in the building on the eve of the first meaningful game in nearly nine moments.

“It’s exciting. It’s opening day,” McCarthy said. “This is the first game of the National Football League. Everybody has the same goal. That’s the way we approach it.

“This is what it’s all about – playing real games, getting into a rhythm. Once we get to the stadium and know it’s for real. There’s nothing like gameday.”

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