One of the challenges for the Green Bay Packers is preparing two quarterbacks to face Dallas on Sunday.
In a normal practice week, the starting quarterback gets the overwhelming majority of the reps in the 11-on-11 periods. When Matt Flynn was preparing to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Scott Tolzien heading into the Minnesota game on Nov. 24, Flynn got just six reps all week.
It’s different this week, with the Packers needing to get Flynn and Aaron Rodgers ready, not to mention Tolzien, who would be the No. 2 if Rodgers is inactive.
“The new indoor practice area (that opened last week), we do some walk-throughs in there,” quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo said. “There’s better spacing in there than we’ve had in the past in a walk-through type thing, so we try to split that up evenly in there, sprinkle guys through there. We’ll stay after practice and get what we need to do. A lot of it’s mental reps. This league is really becoming a jog-through-type of league, especially this time of the year. Your reps are very limited, especially with pads on. You have to be smart and try to get guys not just the number of reps they get but reps in what they need.”
Flynn was signed a month ago. He came with a strong base of knowledge in Green Bay’s offense, having spent four seasons with the team, but he also spent time with Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo.
Flynn took the backup reps leading into the games against the Giants on Nov. 17 and Vikings on Nov. 24, then had an abbreviated workload heading into the game as the starter against Detroit on Nov. 28. He took most of the reps last week in preparing for Atlanta but will have to get by on fewer snaps this week for Dallas.
“I feel really comfortable,” Flynn said on Wednesday. “I feel more comfortable after today’s practice than I did last Wednesday, just because of reps and getting to run plays, call plays and throw to the guys. So, you know, every time I step on the field I feel I get more and more comfortable, more familiar, and everybody’s starting to get in sync a little bit.”
Packers injury report
Did not participate: ILB Brad Jones (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), ILB Jamari Lattimore (knee), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen), DE C.J. Wilson (ankle). Limited: C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle), OLB Nick Perry (foot), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone).
The Packers’ injury report was unchanged from Wednesday.
“I feel good about Eddie Lacy just as far as the feedback from the medical staff,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’ll be evaluated in the morning, and then we’ll see what the plan is for Eddie as far as practice.”
Cowboys injury report
Did not participate: LB Bruce Carter (hamstring), CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring), WR Dwayne Harris (hamstring). Limited: LB Sean Lee (neck). Full: LB Justin Durant (hamstring), DT Jason Hatcher (neck), LB Devonte Holloman (neck).
The Cowboys’ injury report was unchanged from Wednesday.
-- McCarthy, on returning to the scene of Super Bowl XLV: “I think everybody will feel it when you pull into the tunnel. That’s something you don’t ever forget and will never go away. The reality is, this is a different year, this is a different opportunity. But Dallas, AT&T Stadium, will always have a special place for the Green bay Packers.”
-- McCarthy, on the tight ends contributing 10 catches against Atlanta after catching 11 passes in the last past three games combined. “I think if you ask any quarterback, the tight end has the opportunity to be your best friend just because he’s right in front of you. Bigger targets, the area of the field they work to is obviously a shorter throw for the quarterback. So, I think anytime you have 10-plus completions to the tight ends, it’s probably a pretty good day.”
-- McAdoo, on whether Dallas owner Jerry Jones wanting a more aggressive approach on defense will have any bearing on preparation for Sunday. “No. … We’ll be ready for anything that they throw at us.”
-- Dallas receiver Miles Austin had 10 catches in Week 1 but only nine since. He missed five games in a seven-game span because of an injured hamstring, and has caught four passes for 54 yards in the last three games combined.
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