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Coach McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers' "ability to play through things is exceptional."

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs Aug 30.Photo: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Mike McCarthy addresses the media in preparation for Washington Redskins.

On how closer QB Aaron Rodgers is to 100 percent and what he is able to provide is he isn’t:

"Well, he’s getting better. He’s moving forward day-to-day, and you know, what percentage, I don’t really have an answer for you there. But he’s a special player and his ability to play through things is exceptional, and hopefully, we will see how much work he gets done this week. We definitely anticipate him playing this Sunday."

On what he has seen from RB Adrian Peterson over the years:

"Adrian, he never surprises you. We just have such great respect, and I do personally, just from what he’s accomplished in this league and just the way he came out of the gate there in Week 1. I think he’s an excellent addition to their football team and he’s definitely a focal point for us."

On the status and expectations of RB Aaron Jones:

"Well, I mean that’s what the week of preparation is for. We’ll definitely bring him back and he will be part of the game plan. But, I feel good about what Jamaal [Williams] and Ty [Montgomery] have been doing and hopefully Aaron can be a part of that rotation."

On OL Alex Light making the roster:

"Alex is obviously a talented young man; he’s just young. He’s done a lot of good things in a short time here. I’m proud of what he’s accomplished and the fact that he earned a roster spot. It’s just like anything in this league; it’s not really where you start, it’s what you do with the opportunity and eventually it’s how you finish. So, he’s off to a good start."

On what kind of growth he has seen from QB Alex Smith:

"I was blessed to have the opportunity to coach Alex in his rookie year and I was always amazed just to watch him continue to have success in the National Football League. I think what he’s dealt with as far as the amount of change just speaks volumes about him as a football player and a person. He’s definitely an excellent addition to the Washington Redskins and he’s going to be a big challenge for a defense."

On what he thinks the best thing about QB Alex Smith’s game:

"He’s always had such a strong understanding of the expectations of himself and of the football team and is clearly in tune with how the defense is trying to attack him. You can see that at a young age. He just turned 21 there when I was with him there in San Francisco. Nothing is ever too big for him. I can still remember the first time he stepped in the huddle there at minicamp. I think that’s a big part of his personality. He doesn’t get rattled very often from what I see."

On the Packers defense to practice against QB Aaron Rodgers:

"It’s obviously great during training camp and we try to have a competitive period each week. It’s good for everybody, any time you can have competition, particularly at a high level in your training environment, it makes everybody better. Our defense definitely has that opportunity when they compete against Aaron."

On if the Packers defense is better as a result of practicing against Rodgers:

"I think Aaron is obviously a special player, and like I’ve already stated it's competition, and that’s great for our training environment."

On making changes in practice because of Rodgers' injury:

"Well, we haven’t really changed a whole lot. I think if you watched the game last week, we were still able to get through a number of different things and that’s just a true testament to him as a player. We are still able to run a number of concepts and play with a very healthy game plan."

On if Rodgers ever surprises him:

"Oh definitely. I think what he’s played through this past week and in the past speak volumes about him."