Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson met with reporters on Tuesday and shared some of his thoughts on the 2013 team. While Thompson was his usual self in that he did not share too much, it’s always a plus to hear his take on the state of the team as they enter the back half of their pre season.
Among the topics discussed were the emergence of rookie cornerback Micah Hyde and the solid play of defensive end Johnny Jolly. Thompson referred to Hyde as “a football guy” and remarked that Jolly was the same guy he was back in 2009. Now, that is not to say that Jolly is the same player as he was back then, but he has obviously caught the eyes of the staff.
Thompson also talked about the changes in practice structure and the importance of practicing at night with the Packers scheduled to play in a few night contests.
As far as any other specific players or positions, Thompson seems to like what he sees so far in offensive tackle David Bakhtiari. He seemingly side-stepped the questions about the team’s placekicker situation. Thompson has long maintained that no matter how comfortable things can seem at a particular position, you’re always looking around for options. To me, it sounds like Mason Crosby will need to continue to be near-perfect over these next two weeks now that there are a few veteran kickers on the free agent market. Last week, the Miami Dolphins cut kicker Dan Carpenter and just yesterday, the Buffalo Bills parted ways with long-time kicker Rian Lindell.
Towards the end of the chat Thompson was asked if part of his decision to bring in Vince Young was motivated by a desire to “energize the quarterback room”. Thompson maintains that he has long admired Young and wanted to see what he can offer the Packers this season.
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