The Packers closed the curtain on training camp Tuesday with a light practice at Ray Nitschke Field and a post-practice seal of approval from their head coach.
“As far as competition, outstanding,” Mike McCarthy said when asked to evaluate the quality of camp. “I’m confident we’ll have a good football team to start the season.”
The Packers will open the season on Sept. 9 with a game at Lambeau Field against 2011 NFC runner-up San Francisco. Before then, the Packers must clean up what’s left of the preseason with a game against visiting Kansas City on Thursday.
“It’s a huge game for a lot of guys all across the league,” General Manager Ted Thompson said. “The ones I care about are here. The NFL is a hard business. It should be hard to make a team. You should be proud to make an NFL team.”
What can a player do in the preseason finale to improve his chances of making the roster?
“Make a statement. Define yourself. Answer a question that’s out there about you. Is it consistency? Is it big-play ability? If you can show more value to your team, that’s what you look for,” McCarthy said.
The Packers announced five players have already been ruled out of action due to injury: rookie tackle
“He hasn’t made a whole lot of progress,” McCarthy said of Starks, whose injury led to the acquisition of veteran running back
“We think Desmond is going to be really good and fine when he’s well, but it’s going to take a long time,” Thompson said. Bishop has undergone surgery to repair the injury.
“We want some time to take a look at that,” Thompson said.
Thursday night, everyone will get one more time to make an impression.Related links