Justin McCray closing in on Packers right guard job
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By AP

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t declare Justin McCray the winner of the training camp competition at right guard, but he got pretty close.

What was supposed to be one of the bigger competitions of training camp never materialized.

While McCray’s would-be challenger, Lucas Patrick, has spent a big chunk of camp at left guard as starter Lane Taylor has dealt with ankle and quad issues, McCray has taken every first-team rep.

“I hope so,” McCarthy said Tuesday when asked if McCray was the starter. “You want to keep the competition open but, yeah, I think he’s done a heck of a job at this point.”

McCray wasn’t taking anything for granted.

“I’m not trying to call it out right now,” McCray said. “I think it’s still a competition. I still need to keep working hard, still need to keep getting better every day, but I realize I’m not getting taken out (of the lineup) a lot. I definitely have realized that.”

At this time last year, McCray was making an unlikely run toward a roster spot. An undrafted free agent out of Central Florida in 2014, McCray spent his rookie season on Tennessee’s practice squad. He failed to make the Titans’ roster in 2015 and spent the year out of...



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