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“There’s so much stuff out there,Demaryius Thomas Jersey” Packers safeties coach Darren Perry said. “I know Pittsburgh was experimenting with some moving dummy.Rolando McClain Jersey I talked to [Steelers defensive backs coach] Carnell [Lake] and he was like, ‘eh,Olivier Vernon Jersey’ about it.
“It’s still not quite the same because the dummies don’t hit back.Richard Rodgers Jersey No dummy’s going to be Eddie Lacy or Todd Gurley or Adrian Peterson. That’s the one thing that will never change is the attitude and desire to want to do it.Jonathan Stewart Jersey It’s still just as big as the fundamentals because you have to want to get people on the ground.”
It was part of a bigger-picture transition that Packers coach Mike McCarthy has employed given the stricter parameters governing offseason practices under the most recent collective bargaining agreement and his greater emphasis on reducing the risk of injuries.Cyrus Jones Jersey On the offensive side, first-year receivers coach Luke Getsy introduced juggling and catching passes at the bottom of a stairway.
It’s never going to simulate live tackling, but I think the more you can emphasize it the better you can be. I think this is just another way, a different approach to getting what you want to get done.”