McCarthy: ‘All three receivers will be given every chance to play’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 20, 2017 – 10:18 am

170120-nelson-presser-950GREEN BAY — The Packers are keeping the door open for Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nelson (ribs) did more than the team expected during Thursday’s practice, but is home Friday with an illness. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said it’s precautionary and he doesn’t anticipate the illness will affect his availability for Sunday.

Adams (ankle) and Allison (hamstring) have yet to practice this week after sustaining their respective injuries in the Packers’ 34-31 win over Dallas last Sunday. The Packers hope to get more insight on their possible availability during Saturday’s practice.

“All three of the receivers will be given every chance to play in the game,” McCarthy said. “I’m going to give these guys the open time frame to do everything they can to play. Maybe one or two of those guys will have to work Sunday before the game.”

While the Packers’ training staff has a history working with Nelson and Adams, McCarthy acknowledged the team will have to work to get a feel of the rookie Allison’s situation since “we’ve never been through this with him.”

McCarthy said safety Morgan Burnett (quad) falls into the same category as the three receivers when it comes to determining his availability. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Packers have ruled out offensive lineman JC Tretter, who underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. Tretter hasn’t played since injuring his knee in Week 8 against Atlanta.

In addition to injured players getting cleared medically, McCarthy and his staff also have to consider how effective they can be in playing through injury.

“They want to play. Obviously the coaching staff wants them to play but medically there are thresholds they have to get over,” McCarthy said. “That’s why we go through the process. The plan is set for each and every one of them. That’s why we’re going to need the full week for couple of guys.”

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Dom Capers on LaDarius Gunter: ‘He competes every down’

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 19, 2017 – 6:04 pm

170119-gunter-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ three coordinators met with the media on Thursday after practice. Here’s a sampling of their key comments:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on Crosby at the end of the Dallas game)

“Every kicker loves to be in that situation, loves that opportunity. I looked at his face. They’re going to rev it up and come as hard as they did, and the protection was good. It’s 11 people involved in that instance. The snap has to be prefect, the hold has to be perfect and the protection has to be perfect. There wasn’t a concern about having enough leg. He kicked a couple 60-yarders in pregame and felt good about it.”

(on Falcons returner Eric Weems)

“He is a guy that’s just hard, hard, hard to get on the ground. Not the biggest returner, but he leads them in tackles on special teams. He’s probably their bell cow. He returns both punts and kickoffs. I made a whole thing of clips of guys missing him and him bouncing off guys. We talked to our guys this week, we have to get him on the ground.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on the WR situation)

“From a rehab standpoint, they’re doing everything possible. The training staff is also helping them. We feel confident with the guys that we have. It’s early in the week. At some point, it’ll work itself out. This is why you play the game, to put yourself in this type of position, to compete for a world championship. When you look at it from that standpoint, you’re going to do everything possible to be a part of it and play.”

(on whether the Falcons will move Beasley around, or if he’ll go strictly against Bulaga)

“We’ll have to wait and see. They’ve done a number of different things on tape, as far as moving him around. Once we line up and get going, I’m sure we’ll find out.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on the Falcons’ offense)

“Their statistics speak for themselves. They’ve got two really good running backs. They’re very productive, not only running the ball, but between them I think they have 85 receptions. They throw the ball a lot to the running backs, and they’re a big part of their offense. Matt Ryan is having a career year. He throws with timing, knows where he’s going with the ball. They can spread you out, run a lot of empty sets. They’ve got a lot of weapons.”

(on Brice filling in for Burnett)

“‘KB’ has really done a good job. You saw him make a couple really nice tackles. The ball spilled out one time and he was able to get Elliott by the feet and trip him up, and if he doesn’t get him, he’s going for big yardage. He has pretty good athletic ability and speed, and he’s a tough guy. He’s probably played more than we’ve anticipated, but that’s helped him.”

(on Falcons RB Freeman)

“He’s got a real physical play style. You have to do a good job tackling him. He broke a few tackles last week against the Seahawks, one of the better tackling teams in the league. Coleman, he can break the big one with his speed. They have different running styles.”

(on Gunter going against top WRs)

“You see his competitiveness. He competes every day on the practice field. He does a good job at the line of scrimmage, getting his hands on people, disrupting their routes. He competes every down, and those are qualities you have to have if you’re going to go against some of these receivers. You win some, you lose some, but he does a good job of fighting back to get in position to make some of his plays. We’ve put the hat on him a few times, and he’s normally risen to the occasion.”


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Packers’ receiver situation remains in flux

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 19, 2017 – 1:00 pm

170119-davis-950GREEN BAY — Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) will continue their rehab on Thursday, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the status of all three for Sunday’s NFC title game remains up in the air.

“I don’t really have enough information right now,” McCarthy said prior to Thursday’s practice. “We’re going to give them the whole week.

“Hopefully we’ll have a better gauge if these guys are going to make it, but I don’t think we’re going to know until Saturday.”

McCarthy said all three are “mentally” getting ready to play, and they aren’t being ruled out because of the stakes on Sunday.

“In the regular-season mindset, I would think none of them would play, but obviously this is a different time,” McCarthy said. “Everybody understands what’s on the line here.”

In Wednesday’s practice, Randall Cobb, Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis were the Packers’ only healthy wide receivers on the 53-man roster, and McCarthy is prepared to go into Sunday’s game with just those three if it comes to that. Tight ends Jared Cook and Richard Rodgers, along with running back Ty Montgomery, a converted receiver, are additional pass-catching options.

Davis is by far the least experienced of the three true wide receivers, as a rookie who has been on and off the active 46-man gameday roster throughout the year. He scored his first NFL touchdown in Atlanta back in Week 8 when the Packers were short on regular playmakers back then as well.

“Trevor’s ready. He’s been ready,” McCarthy said. “Those are tough decisions when you put any of your players inactive that are healthy. That’s a part of this game that’s difficult. He’s healthy and he hasn’t had the opportunity to contribute on Sunday. He’ll be ready to go.”

McCarthy emphasized it’s not up to any individual on the team to do more in someone else’s absence. The plan will be put together for them to succeed.

“This is who we are. This is how we play,” he said. “Obviously our offense starts through the eyes of the quarterback. We’re blessed to have Aaron Rodgers.”


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McCarthy: WR Davante Adams not expected to practice until at least Saturday

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 18, 2017 – 2:06 pm

170118-adams-950GREEN BAY — Packers WR Davante Adams isn’t expected to practice until at least Saturday, according to Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

Adams left briefly after injuring his ankle during Sunday’s 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional playoffs, but returned to the game and finished with five catches for 76 yards.

“We’ll see,” said McCarthy during his Wednesday afternoon news conference. “I’m curious to see him move.”

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (rib) and S Morgan Burnett (quad) will be part of the rehab group of Wednesday’s practice, according to McCarthy. Nelson sat out of last week’s game, while Burnett left in the first half of Sunday’s game in Dallas.

McCarthy said LT David Bakhtiari (knee) and RT Bryan Bulaga are expected to practice in limited capacity. He also added that CB Quinten Rollins is “getting close” to passing the concussion protocol.

The second-year cornerback has missed the last two games after being carted off the field in the regular-season finale against Detroit with a neck injury.

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on cover of Sports Illustrated

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 17, 2017 – 9:40 am

QB Aaron RodgersGREEN BAY — Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on the regional cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated following Green Bay’s last-second victory over the Cowboys in the NFC Divisional playoff.

Rodgers threw two TD passes and led the Packers to the game-winning field goal in Dallas with the ball at his own 25-yard line and just 35 seconds on the clock. The victory was Green Bay’s eight straight and sends the Packers to this Sunday’s NFC title game in Atlanta.

The cover headline says “The Rodgers Connection” followed by this subhead: “Arms. Legs. Mind. Heart. How the Packers Keep Running the Table”

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