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Packers say Jordy Nelson looks ready for OTAs

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is doing so well in his rehab from last year’s torn ACL that General Manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy have little doubt he’ll be on the field for Organized Team Activities.

“He’s around the building a lot of the time,” Thompson said. “I mean literally all the time. He’s a workout, rehab freak like you would imagine. That was a hard thing for him to do sitting out the season, but he looks great. You sometimes wonder if he was really hurt.”

McCarthy said his biggest concern with Nelson will be not overdoing it. McCarthy noted that the Packers play in the Hall of Fame Game this year, and that with a fifth preseason game there’s plenty of time to ease Nelson into things and get him ready for the regular season.

“He’s way ahead of schedule,” McCarthy said. “It’s a conversation I’ve already had with Jordy with this fifth preseason game and how we play him in the preseason. I think that’s a conversation you have with each and every veteran player who’s coming back from a major injury. There’s definitely a threshold and transition that those guys have to go through. I think in the OTAs, he’ll work there some, but I don’t see him by the time training camp comes around having any limitations.”

After a 2015 season in which the Packers’ offense stagnated, there’s reason for optimism in Green Bay that 2016 will see improvement, with the Packers’ No. 1 receiver back to full speed.
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Ted Thompson: We’re not opposed to free agency

There was a report from Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month that Packers coach Mike McCarthy is “fed up” with General Manager Ted Thompson’s aversion to adding veteran players in free agency.

The Packers have generally preferred drafting and developing their own players since before Thompson was in the job, although they’ve made the occasional foray into free agency to add players like Julius Peppers to the roster. Thompson said Thursday at the Combine in Indianapolis that he heard the report about McCarthy’s feeling and didn’t know “where that came from” and that the team is open to adding players through any avenue if they believe they’ll be helpful.

“We value draft and development,” Thompson said. “We value free agency. We have guys like Julius Peppers, guys that have been free agents. If you can help us win football games and be a good teammate and that sort of thing, you have a place for us. So we’re not opposed to doing that.”

One thing Thompson says that the Packers won’t do is radically change their approach this offseason because of a perception that a window to contend will close if they don’t strike now. He said “we’re not going to chase a ghost” to satisfy that concern, which may mean more business as usual for the Packers over the next month.
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