Packers hoping Damarious Randall ‘ready to play his best game’

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 12, 2017 – 4:55 pm

170112-randall-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ three coordinators met with the media following practice on Thursday. Here’s a rundown of their key comments:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on Jeff Janis’ quad injury)

“It happened early in the game, and he played the whole game. I was proud of him for that fact. They said it was a legitimate thigh bruise, but he practiced today and did well.”

(on Dallas returner Lucky Whitehead)

“He’s not a real big guy, but if you watch, people miss him. He’s unbelievably quick, strong with the ball. I’ve been showing clips all week of people missing him.”

(on Mason Crosby indoors)

“Last time he was down there he had a 58-yarder. He’s an experienced pro.”

(on punt returns)

“Micah’s got his legs back under him and he’s returning like he did a couple years ago.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on the first meeting with the Cowboys)

“We had some errors and the Cowboys had some big plays that really had a big impact on the game. They were fundamental errors. Guys just have to take care of their job and not try to do too much. I think we’ve gained a lot of experience since then. A lot of the young guys that were playing then, they’re not young guys anymore.”

(on Dak Prescott in the first meeting)

“He didn’t have a lot of games under his belt, but he played like a veteran. He does a good job of his reads, going where he should with the ball and really doesn’t make a lot of critical errors. It’s not like a lot of young quarterbacks where you can force him into making errors.”

(on Dallas’ play-action game)

“That’s what their offense is built on. If you don’t take care of business, all of a sudden they come up with big plays, because they have big-play people. Their play-action pass game has been good. They do a nice job of mixing things up and trying to keep you off-balance. They use a lot of different personnel groups on first and second down.”

(on Peppers and holding him back earlier in the season)

“I think he’s played his best here over the last 3-4 weeks. You’re always looking for those guys who can make the play that can impact the game. Julius isn’t any different than most great players. They’d like to play every down if they could, but he’s also a smart guy. He’s taken full advantage of it. He knows we want him to be at his best right now.”

(on Randall)

“I think he’s physically better, and that’s helping him get on the practice field and take his practice reps. We went through a period of time where he really didn’t have any (reps in practice). That’s hard to do at that position. He’s working his way back to being more healthy. He’s an excellent athlete and can make plays on the ball. What I’m hoping is that he’s ready to go play his best game on Sunday.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on the offense adjusting without Nelson)

“Each and every guy, they’re prepared to step in and play. That’s really how you have to go about looking at it. We feel we have playmakers at a number of different positions, and we’ll create opportunities. It’s all about matchups.”

(on Montgomery)

“I really don’t think we have any finished products just yet. It’s about improving on a day-to-day basis, and that’s his mindset.”

(on Michael)

“Here’s what you love about him. Tremendous work ethic, brings a ton of energy, love the way he practices. As far as slowing down, we always talk as a runner about pace, tempo, as far as your course and understanding your blocking scheme. Getting the ball north and south, that’s one of his strengths.”


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