Packers Notes: Richardson making an impact early

Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson (28) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson (28) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

GREEN BAY — Could Sean Richardson start for the Green Bay Packers?

The way he’s performing at training camp, maybe.

The third-year safety is taking advantage of Morgan Burnett being on the sideline with an ankle injury and if Burnett doesn’t return soon you never know.

“I think Sean Richardson is having an excellent training camp,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s done a lot of good things.”

Last season, Burnett was second on the Packers with 96 tackles but had zero interceptions. This, after he signed a four-year contract extension worth $24.75 million.

Burnett didn’t make an impact last season but it would seem his starting position is safe. However, if Richardson continues to build off his fast start it could get interesting.

Thursday, Richardson made an impact.

“He had an interception today in the pursuit drill, the pursuit screens and finish drill there to start off practice,” McCarthy said. “He did some real good things early in the week on special teams.”

Perry makes debut

LB Nick Perry (foot, knee) made his training camp debut Thursday. The 2012 first-round pick has been underwhelming thus far in his career due to injuries.

“There’s always that notion that goes back, I think if I could get healthy, things would’ve been better,” said Perry, who has six career sacks. “I didn’t have the season I wanted due to that, but the main goal for me every year is staying healthy and playing the best to my ability and help my teammates anyway I can.

“I’m glad to be here. It’s an honor to be here and I’m ready to go.”

Perry could be part of a defense that is loaded with pass rushers. There’s also Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Datone Jones and Mike Neal, amongst others.

McCarthy not worried about himself
GM Ted Thompson signed a contract extension this week and said McCarthy is next. McCarthy, though, isn’t worried about his contract situation.

“I’m focused on training camp,” McCarthy said. “There’s a process in place that will take its course. I’ve never sweated it. I love it here. I’m not worried about it.”

McCarthy said he was happy to see Thompson get his extension.

“I think everybody that has the opportunity to work at the Green Bay Packers clearly understands this is such a unique organization, and the opportunity they give you with the positions that we have,” McCarthy said. “So, very happy for him, and obviously you know it’s something that’s well-deserved.”

Lacy on SI cover
After being named NFL rookie of the year running back Eddie Lacy now finds himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Fantasy Football issue. He said he didn’t receive a copy of the issue.

“I don’t even know how to get it,” Lacy said. “Hopefully some will just show up. I think it’s pretty cool though. It showed up yesterday after practice.

Lacy had 1,178 yards and 11 TDs last season.

One the sideline
S Morgan Burnett, ankle.
S Tanner Miller, ankle.
DL Jerel Worthy, back.
DL Letroy Guion, hamstring.
WR Jeff Janis, illness.

Extra points
McCarthy on T Derek Sherrod: “He’s fully recovered; must get stronger. He just needs to play.”
McCarthy on Family Night on Saturday: “It’s an install practice. It’s install No. 7.”
McCarthy on WR Alex Gillett making the catch of training camp so far: “Big plays are huge in the National Football League. You look at the statistics, big plays play a huge part in your success as a football team. When you see a play like that, yes, it has a lot of magnitude to it.”

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