GREEN BAY — Lots of big plays but too many penalties.
That was Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s view of the Packers’ first training camp practice when he reviewed it with reporters on Wednesday morning. The offense had an impressive day with 19 big plays, but there were too many flags on the field for the coach’s liking.
“A lot of production, but the penalties were way too high,” McCarthy said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “Thirteen pre-snap penalties, that’s outrageous. That tells you how training camp starts, getting back to discipline and basic mechanics. That’s why you have training camp.”
One of the receivers making those big plays was rookie Trevor Davis, the fifth-round draft pick from Cal, but his challenge now is to carry that over and refine other parts of his game.
“It’s the details, the fundamentals, the little things,” McCarthy said. “You want to see him build off of that. He has shown he can make big plays, but you want to see him do the details, the little things, to be a first-, second- and third-down player. He’s off to a good start.”
McCarthy also touched on the move of Datone Jones to the “elephant” or combination stand-up rusher/hand-down lineman, which could help reduce snaps for veteran Julius Peppers, both during training camp and potentially the season, if Jones continues to progress in his new role.
“I hope we’ll be in that position,” McCarthy said.
Packers.com will have more following practice and locker room interviews.