GREEN BAY — At the time of his pre-practice press conference on Thursday, Mike McCarthy hadn’t yet met new RB Christine Michael, as he was en route to Green Bay.
But the Packers’ head coach is eager to get to know him, particularly on the field.
“Dynamic football player. I love his running style,” McCarthy said. “He’s productive. I like his ability to get in and out of breaks. The best thing about him is the way (he can) change direction and explode on the second and third cut. I think he’s a good fit for us.”
Whether or not Michael will be able to join the team on the practice field on Thursday was uncertain.
His availability was brought to McCarthy’s attention by GM Ted Thompson late during Wednesday’s practice, and McCarthy had already seen rookie RB Don Jackson go down with a knee injury. A second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M by Seattle in 2013 — one pick after the Packers chose Eddie Lacy — Michael was a player McCarthy liked coming out of college. A lot of things made sense to put in the waiver claim by the deadline on Wednesday.
“He’s played a lot of football. He’s a veteran. I look for the transition to be pretty seamless,” McCarthy said. “There will be some carryover from his prior experiences. It’s really about language and understanding what we’re doing. Just like any new player, you work him in packages.”
On the injury front, McCarthy said both LB Clay Matthews and TE Jared Cook had good days at practice on Wednesday. He was interested to see how much each player would do in practice on Thursday, but both appear on the comeback trail.
CB Damarious Randall did not practice on Wednesday and is “moving along” on the team’s rehab plan, McCarthy said.
Packers.com will have more following practice and locker room interviews.