McCarthy pleased as OTAs end

The upcoming mandatory minicamp will be used to clean up things from the last four weeks of workouts, the coach said today.

With 60 days remaining until the preseason opener, the Green Bay Packers wrapped up their organized team activities on Thursday.

Coach Mike McCarthy, speaking after a two-hour practice inside the Don Hutson Center, is pleased with the progress made by his team during the four weeks of OTAs, which are leading to a three-day minicamp that starts Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased with the OTAs," McCarthy said. "This is our third time through OTAs. From Year 1 to Year 2, we had a significant improvement as far as participation and production of what we got done. From Year 2 to Year 3, we progressed even more. I'm not up here to throw flowers, because probably every coach feels good about what he accomplished."

McCarthy said the minicamp will be used "more as a cleanup" of problem areas that arose during OTAs rather than to build on the 12 OTA practices. For instance, McCarthy said the offense will "hit all the pressure packages we anticipate seeing," which was a heavy focus of the OTAs the last couple of weeks.

McCarthy is pleased with the status of his club, which he said shouldn't be surprising since this is many of the players' third year in the system.

"It's a very comfortable feeling coming out of the offseason with basically everything (installed)," he said. "We can carry that forward to the minicamp and challenge them with every situation" we can throw at them.

This is McCarthy's first time slating only a minicamp in mid-June, instead of May, which has been the norm in Green Bay for years. McCarthy said he liked the system, because otherwise, the rookies "are just trying to find their way from the classroom to practice."

Quick hits

— Players who were injured and missed the OTAs will not participate in the minicamp as a precaution, McCarthy said. That includes defensive tackles Johnny Jolly, Justin Harrell and Colin Cole and defensive back Will Blackmon.

McCarthy did say Harrell is progressing nicely from back surgery.

All should be ready for training camp, McCarthy said.

— Guard Junius Coston missed practice with a lower back problem that developed after Wednesday's practice. He said he was being examined today.

— Several veterans skipped this week's OTAs, including cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson, linebacker Nick Barnett and defensive end Aaron Kampman. Kampman spent this week in Iowa cleaning up after a tornado that struck Parkersburg, the community where he went to high school.

— Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett was back after missing last week's OTAs, and fellow DT Daniel Muir (pectoral) returned, as well.

— McCarthy said he hasn't heard of any progress in negotiations between the team and unsigned running back Ryan Grant.


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