Monday, August 19, 2013
Newhouse improvement too little, too late?
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy wasn’t ready to name a starter at right tackle -- or at any of the Green Bay Packers’ other open positions -- but a couple of developments on Monday indicated a decision may have been made.
Don Barclay, who had been splitting the right tackle snaps with Marshall Newhouse the last two weeks, got almost all of the work in practice.
Then, shortly after practice, Newhouse admitted he may not have done enough to hold on to the job that was his when training camp opened last month.
Newhouse’s performance against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday was an improvement over his play in the preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals, when he gave up one sack.
But perhaps it wasn’t a big enough jump.
“I wish I had played a little better,” Newhouse said Monday. “I made a little improvement. It’s probably not enough, but I’m still working at.”
Still, Newhouse wasn’t ready to completely concede. He said until he’s been told otherwise, he still believes there is time to compete.
“I’m not turning it in or anything,” Newhouse said. “I’m not that type of guy.”
McCarthy wouldn’t reveal how he planned to handle snaps this week in preparation for Friday’s game against Seattle. Last week, Barclay and Newhouse split practice reps and then alternated series against the Rams. On Monday, while Barclay got most of the work with the starters, Newhouse played left tackle with the second-string line.
“There’s no jobs that have been won yet today as far as those types of questions,” McCarthy said.