GREEN BAY - Mike McCarthy he's doing less evaluating during these OTAs than, say, fans or media.
"No one's going to win a job this week," said McCarthy. "I can promise you that. I'm really looking for the ability to cross train, [I want to] create as much competition as you possibly can."
These OTAs are for teaching, for fundamentals according to Coach McCarthy. Players won't go so far as to call out their leader for ‘coach-speak,' but those competing for starting positions, even roster spots, say they can't afford to play as if they are not competing for jobs.
"I feel like every second you're in this building, you're being watched and judged, critiqued," said third-year veteran offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse.
This isn't exactly 1984, but players know these practices, optional and pads-less they may be, are on tape. They'll be scrutinized. Guys like Newhouse, who is trying to lock up the starting right tackle job, have to squeeze every drop of impressiveness out of each snap. One of Newhouse's cheap competitors for that right tackle spot feels the same way.
"Even though he says that, every day you have to take it upon yourself to get better," said second year tackle Don Barclay. "Improve your stuff. You can't lose your battle out there. "
Rookies have a balancing act of their own. One of the spinning plates they suspend is learning the playbook, one is figuring out how to get through an NFL practice and another, of course, is impressing the coaches you just met a few weeks back.
"The coaches know what we can do, they know it's a learning process, so you go out and go every play as hard as you can," said rookie running back Eddie Lacy.
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