McCray signs, has his­tor y of in­juries

OLB could help on spe­cial teams

Packer Plus - - Notebook - By MICHAEL CO­HEN Tom Sil­ver­stein and Bob McGinn con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Green Bay — Gen­eral man­ager Ted Thomp­son snagged an­other free agent.

The Green Bay Pack­ers signed for­mer Bron­cos out­side line­backer Ler­entee

McCray, a league source con­firmed to the Jour­nal Sen­tinel. McCray, a fourth-year player, shared the news on his Twit­ter ac­count as well: “What’s up #Pack­erNa­tion!!!” he wrote.

McCray, who is 6 foot 2 and weighs 246 pounds, spent the first three sea­sons of his ca­reer in Den­ver and con­trib­uted pri­mar­ily on spe­cial teams. The Bron­cos did not of­fer McCray a re­stricted free-agent ten­der, the low­est of which is $1.671 mil­lion, and he was free to sign with any team in the league.

Be­cause McCray was ef­fec­tively re­leased by the Bron­cos, he does not count to­ward the com­pen­satory draft pick for­mula for next sea­son. Like tight end Jared Cook, he clas­si­fies as a “street” free agent.

McCray orig­i­nally signed with the Bron­cos as an un­drafted free agent out of Florida, where he played in 42 games (17 starts). As a se­nior in 2012, McCray recorded 25 tack­les, three sacks, one in­ter­cep­tion and one forced fum­ble.

Com­ing out of col­lege, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 sec­onds and had 33 3⁄ 8- inch arms and 10-inch hands.

Af­ter miss­ing all of his rookie sea­son with an an­kle in­jury, McCray set­tled in as a re­serve out­side line­backer. He played 118 de­fen­sive snaps (10.8%) and 200 spe­cial teams snaps in 2014, ap­pear­ing in 13 games, and the ra­tio was sim­i­lar in 2015 when he earned 121 de­fen­sive snaps (11.2%) and 234 snaps on spe­cial teams in 11 games.

McCray did not play from scrimmage in the Su­per Bowl vic­tory for the Bron­cos but logged a team-high 28 snaps on spe­cial teams.

McCray has bat­tled in­juries through­out his ca­reer and never ap­peared in more than 13 games in a sea­son for the Bron­cos, which pre­vented him from ever com­pet­ing for se­ri­ous play­ing time as an ath­letic pass rusher.

McCray ap­peared in 24 reg­u­lar-sea­son games and four post­sea­son games. He recorded 21 tack­les, 11⁄ sacks and one 2 forced fum­ble over the course of two years. Bar­clay in the fold: The Pack­ers signed un­re­stricted free agent Don Bar­clay on Mon­day.

The vet­eran tackle / guard played in all 16 games last sea­son, start­ing four con­tests at right tackle and one at left tackle and ap­peared in both post­sea­son games. He orig­i­nally signed with the Pack­ers as an un­drafted free agent out of West Vir­ginia on May 7, 2012.

He has played in 46 ca­reer games, with 23 starts, in his

four years with Green Bay while also start­ing three of five post­sea­son con­tests.

Time shift: A slight ad­just­ment was made to the Pack­ers’ ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule. The game against the San Fran­cisco 49ers, which was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be­gin at 8:30 p.m. will now be­gin at 9 p.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 26. Rodgers, Daniels ex­cited to

be back: Vet­eran lead­ers of the Pack­ers took their turn in front of the me­dia Mon­day to mark the be­gin­ning of the off­sea­son work­out pro­gram. First came de­fen­sive end

Mike Daniels, who spoke pas­sion­ately about how an­gry he gets when peo­ple tell him the 2015 sea­son was lost by the de­fense, which watched the Ari­zona Car­di­nals reach the end zone in over­time to of­fi­cially turn out the lights. Next came quar­ter­back Aa

ron Rodgers, who played golf with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama this sum­mer, and likened Mon­day’s ses­sion with his team­mates to the ex­cite­ment on the first day of school.

Here is a look at some of the more in­ter­est­ing com­ments:

On Ed­die Lacy’s con­di­tion­ing ef­forts

Daniels: “I think Ed­die looks good, man. We’ll see when the pads come on and every­thing, but I do think he’s a guy who rises to the oc­ca­sion. He comes from a great pro­gram where they do things the right way. He came un­der a lot of fire, so I think he’s a guy that he got put on the spot and he re­sponded.”

Rodgers: “He looked like Ed­die, man. He looked good. Ob­vi­ously been do­ing a lot of P90X.”

On Rodgers’ off-sea­son knee surgery

Rodgers: “I’m feel­ing great. Dr. (Pa­trick) McKen­zie did a great job with my surgery, worked hard with the re­hab in the off-sea­son and I’m feel­ing re­ally good right now.”

On B.J. Raji’s hia­tus from foot­ball

Daniels: “When I got the news, I gave him some space and I con­tacted him, just told him, ‘Hey, man, it was an honor to play with you.’ I watched the guy get drafted and see­ing him get drafted re­ally gave me hope be­cause he was a shorter guy as well. It was awe­some to get a chance to play with him, and I just made sure I let him know that. My line is al­ways open if he wants to talk or any­thing like that. That’s the re­la­tion­ship we have. But, no, I didn’t know any­thing about his de­ci­sion prior to.”

Rodgers: “I was sur­prised. But I ap­plaud him with his de­ci­sion. He’s al­ways been a guy who’s cared about the right things, has pri­or­i­ties in the right places. He was a great locker-room guy for us, and he ob­vi­ously has to take care of some stuff off the field and maybe down the road we’ll see him back here.”

On the 2016 sched­ule

Daniels: “I con­tacted the film guys and got ev­ery sin­gle team’s film on my iPad so I can start study­ing the op­po­nents right now and get to know th­ese guys be­fore I play them. Fa­vor­able matchups? They’re all fa­vor­able matchups. It’s all good games. I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

Rodgers: “I like our sched­ule; I love our fans, man. We’ve got great fans; I look for­ward to those road trips. You know, it’s dif­fer­ent this year. We have the pre­sea­son game in San Fran­cisco, but other than that I don’t think we come west of prob­a­bly the Vik­ings. It’ll be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent travel, some closer games but we’ve got great fans that of­ten make those sta­di­ums feel like home games. So we look for­ward to see­ing our fans on the road and at home.”

On new tight end Jared Cook

Rodgers: “It was fun to get to talk to him a lit­tle bit on the phone be­fore he made it of­fi­cial, and then this morn­ing. I think he’s re­ally ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity and we’re ex­cited to have him. It’s a good tight-end crew. They’ve got a new coach, so it’ll be fun to see the in­te­gra­tion be­tween the play­ers and the new staff.”


Of­fen­sive line­man Don Bar­clay re-signed with the Pack­ers on Mon­day. He played in 16 games last year.


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