INDIANAPOLIS -- General manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy both held press conferences and side sessions with reporters Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Here's what we learned about the Green Bay Packers:
McCarthy supports Guion: Letroy Guion has returned to Green Bay following his arrest earlier this month in Starke, Florida, on felony marijuana and firearm possession charges. Although Thompson said the Packers were "monitoring" the situation, McCarthy came out strong in support of the defensive tackle, who is scheduled to become a free agent next month. "Obviously, players, all of us, the decisions you make off the field you're totally responsible for," McCarthy said. "He's accepted full responsibility. I've talked to him a number of times. He's back in Green Bay. I stand by what I said during the season [and] after the season: He was an impactful personality and played good football for us. I'm hopeful, if we get past this and the monitoring gives us the green light to go forward, I'd love to have Letroy back."
Inside linebacker help: Last year at the combine, McCarthy said he answered seven different questions about their need for a safety, and of course they took one -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix -- with their first-round pick. The volume of questions about their inside linebacker position wasn't as high, but it looks like just as glaring of a need, especially if they want to move Clay Matthews back to outside linebacker full time. "I think the inside linebacker position could probably be compared to where we were last year at the safety position," McCarthy said. "Obviously we had a number of moving parts there. So we'll see what this process that we go through as far as player acquisition, how that affects it. I like the step Sam Barrington made. I thought he made a huge step and that's what you look for." The Packers appear to be looking for an upgrade over Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk, although Hawk's agent said he hasn't heard from the Packers that they're looking to move on from his client.
Quarterback help: Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback currently under contract for the 2015 season, and the Packers have drafted just one quarterback (B.J. Coleman in 2012) in the last six drafts. Could that change this season? The Packers appear interested in re-signing backups Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien, but that doesn't mean they won't draft one. "We like dabbling in quarterback business," Thompson said. "It just hasn't worked out that way [to draft one recently]."
Rodgers update: McCarthy said he has not yet spoken to Rodgers about his decision to give up play-calling duties nor has he asked about his quarterback's calf injury that limited him the last month of the season. McCarthy typically likes to leave Rodgers alone and give him space after the season. "I'll build a list of things [and] when he gets back here, we'll sit down and talk about things," McCarthy said.
Injury updates: McCarthy reported that tackle Don Barclay and receiver Jared Abbrederis, who are coming off ACL reconstructions, are doing well in their rehab. Both sustained their injuries in training camp last summer, which means they should be ready for the start of camp this year. He said Barclay is rehabbing in Michigan, while Abbrederis has been in Green Bay.