this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 file photo, Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and head coach Mike McCarthy
celebrate after they scored a touchdown against the San
Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game
in Santa Clara, Calif. McCarthy said Monday, July 25, 2016,
Rodgers is in great shape as the team starts training camp, and
that it's the best shape that he's seen Rodgers in their time
GREEN BAY — Looking
good, Aaron Rodgers.
Coach Mike McCarthy
said his quarterback arrived at Green Bay Packers training camp in
great shape, just in time for his 12th season in the NFL.
"I would say
this is the best shape I've seen him in," McCarthy said Monday as
players reported for medical and conditioning tests.
Nelson, though, won't take part in the first practice of camp on
Nelson was one of six
Packers placed on the physically unable to perform list on Monday.
Nelson is coming back from a torn right ACL injury that kept him out
for the 2015 season.
Coaches have raved
about Nelson's work ethic and rehab habits in the offseason. The
Packers have also said that they might be cautious with Nelson as he
comes back from injury. The Packers also have five preseason games
this year since they play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7.
should help boost an offense that went through uncharacteristic
struggles last season.
about two players that have, shoot, thousands of reps invested in
their time together. Yeah, I have great confidence they'll get that
back," McCarthy said.
Rodgers last season
had his lowest passer rating (92.7) and completion rate (60.7) since
taking over as the starter in 2008. He had minor surgery after the
playoffs for a knee injury that he hurt in high school.
In the offseason,
Rodgers adjusted his diet. The two-time MVP, who turns 33 in December,
said in June that he was at his lowest weight since his second year in
the league in 2007.
To McCarthy, Rodgers
seems refreshed and rejuvenated.
"I would say
Aaron's vibe, and really his offseason participation and performance
looks to line up for a great year," McCarthy said.
It's starting a
little earlier than usual, too.
Preseason is a little
longer this year because the Packers will play in the Hall of Fame
game against Indianapolis in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7. Players will
have barely digested the playbook by the time the Packers kick off
against the Colts. The Packers also have more night practices.
There's more time to
get ready, and yet it seems that the Packers need to pick up the pace
of preparations, too.
"So we'll start
that tonight, foot on the gas and get that done," McCarthy said.
In Rodgers, Nelson
and about 13 more players, the Packers have a group of veterans with
at least six years of experience that is expected to set the tone for
a team with Super Bowl hopes. It could be one of the team's best
leadership cores yet, McCarthy said.
And it's no surprise
that Rodgers is the most important. He was as meticulous in his
offseason preparation as ever.
"You want to fit
it all together and get it repped as an offense, so that process was
very smooth," McCarthy said. "I would say he's ready to
didn't seem worried when asked about the NFL's plan to interview
defensive stars Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers about a report that
linked them to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. "I have no
reason to be concerned based on the conversations I've been a part
of," he said. ... Other Packers starting on the PUP list include
linebacker Sam Barrington and tight end Jared Cook, who had foot
injuries; receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle); guard T.J. Lang (shoulder);
and center Corey Linsley. ... The first padded workout is scheduled
for Thursday, the third practice of camp.
WR Jordy Nelson to start camp on PUP list
GREEN BAY —
Receiver Jordy Nelson won't practice when the Green Bay Packers
begin training camp on Tuesday.
Nelson was one of
six Packers placed on the physically unable to perform list on
Monday. Nelson is coming back from a torn right ACL injury that kept
him out for the 2015 season.
The Packers have
said that they might be cautious with Nelson as he comes back from
injury. The Packers also have five preseason games this year since
they play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7.
starting on the PUP list include linebacker Sam Barrington and tight
end Jared Cook; receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle); guard T.J. Lang
(shoulder) and center Corey Linsley.