GREEN BAY – Richard Rodgers put countless hours in the University of California-Berkeley weight room to get ready for the 2016 season.
Since the Packers tight end has returned to Green Bay, Head Coach Mike McCarthy has taken notice of his progress.
Asked about the overall conditioning of the Packers’ roster prior to Thursday’s practice, McCarthy singled out the third-year tight end to voice his overall pleasure with how the team returned for the start of training camp.
“Richard Rodgers is in the best shape of his career in his time here,” McCarthy said. “I think the football team is in excellent shape. We haven’t really had conditioning issues. Program in place has helped our players take better care of themselves.”
Rodgers, who dropped more than 10 pounds, reported to training camp at 258 pounds, which almost identical to what he weighed at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
Visibly leaner, Rodgers has looked faster in his breaks through the first week of training camp.
McCarthy said he doesn’t anticipate backup quarterback Brett Hundley (ankle) practicing on Thursday night at Nitschke Field.
Regardless of Hundley’s availability for Sunday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game against Indianapolis, McCarthy said undrafted rookies Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams are going to “play a lot” anyway.
The coaching staff is scheduled to meet Friday morning to determine exact playtime for the Packers’ 89-man roster.
Also, the Packers are planning to cut 33 minutes out of Thursday’s practice.