McCarthy makes revealing comments at NFL Annual Meetings
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sat down with several media members in Orlando during Tuesday’s NFL Annual Meetings and discussed a variety of topics.
Here is a recap from the reports:
— Newly acquired Julius Peppers will be part of the "elephant position" that McCarthy mentioned during the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Peppers will be grouped with the linebackers under the guidance of linebackers coach Winston Moss, not with defensive line coach Mike Trgovac (for whom he played in Carolina) and his group. The elephant position will have Peppers playing both outside linebacker and on the defensive line. Mike Neal and Nick Perry will also be a part of this new position.
— McCarthy has decided that David Bakhtiari will remain at left tackle after a successful rookie season. That means Bryan Bulaga will return to his role at right tackle. Bulaga was part of a major offseason switch in 2013 to get him and Josh Sitton to the left side, but with Bulaga having missed all of last season, he’s going back to the spot where he started from 2010-12.
— With the departure of Evan Dietrich-Smith, the Packers have yet to decide who their starting center will be next season. Current choices include JC Tretter, Don Barclay, Sitton and T.J. Lang, though Green Bay could still sign or draft a center in the coming months.
— McCarthy wants unrestricted free agent Matt Flynn back with the Packers. McCarthy stated at the Scouting Combine that Scott Tolzien will be back, also adding that he would like Green Bay to draft a quarterback this year. How that leaves room for Flynn remains a question the organization will still have to answer this offseason.
— McCarthy stated that recently re-signed B.J. Raji will play nose tackle.
— Just as McCarthy said during the Scouting Combine, he wants Micah Hyde on the field more. McCarthy reiterated that he wants Hyde on the field in some way for every down, and that it will include him playing safety, cornerback and in the slot.
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