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News and notes from Green Bay’s head coach and GM

By Mike Spofford and Wes Hodkiewicz, packers.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and General Manager Brian Gutekunst had extensive sessions with the media on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Here are some news and notes from Day 1 in Indianapolis.

1. Packers want to keep their offensive perimeter personnel intact, but add more: While Gutekunst mentioned several times he doesn’t want to see veteran receivers Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb “walk out the door” for financial reasons, it doesn’t sound as though the Packers are going to stand pat at the position, either.

“They still have value,” McCarthy said. “There’s no que Men’s Authentic Personalized Tampa Bay Rayss Home White MLB Jersey Sale stion about it. Their leaders Custom Rays Jersey hip, their instincts, their awareness as players, it increases as their years go on. You’re always going to measure the physical part of it. That’s the science and chess match of this whole thing.

“Jordy and Randall can still play. But we need to improve.”

While something may need to be done about the salary-cap numbers for Nelson and/or Cobb now that Davante Adams has a new contract, Gutekunst isn’t writing off either veteran despite declining production last year following Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone injury.

Nelson finished the year w http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Tampa-Bay-Rays-Jersey ith 53 catches for 482 yards, his lowest totals in five and seven years, respectively. His six touchdown catches all came in the first five games with Rodgers at QB. Cobb had 66 catches for 653 yards and four TDs in 15 games, only slight improvements over his 13-game numbers in 2016.

Nelson is the older of the two veterans, as he turns 33 this spring while Cobb will turn 28 during training camp. With Nelson in particular, Gutekunst believes his six TDs in the first five games of 2017 with Rodgers are a more accurate indicator of what he can do for the offense than his falloff thereafter.

“He’s still a very strong contributor for us,” Gutekunst said. “You saw early in the year the impact he had in those games. He’s still a really good player in my eyes.

“We’ve had Jordy for a long time and  Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey we know his preparation. He’s kind of one of those guys, at this point in his career, that experience is vitally important.”

2. Rodgers should be ready: The Packers are optimistic Rodgers will be ready to go when the Packers’ offseason program begins on April 16.

Rodgers said earlier this month at the NFL Honors ceremony that his surgically repaired collarbone is “feeling great” and hasn’t forced him to alter his offseason training regimen.

“I feel confident that he’ll be ready to go,” McCarthy said. “Just had a meeting yesterday with Dr. Pat McKenzie, his  Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jersey assessment of Aaron so far is that everything looks good.”

3. Thompson settling in to new role: Gutekunst expects former GM Ted Thompson will remain a fixture in the team’s personnel department for the foreseeable future.

Thompson, who didn’t make the trip to Indianapolis, remains in all of the draft meetings in his new role, which has Thompson scouting at both the pro and college levels.

“He loves that part of it. He loves scouting,” Gutekunst said. “I’m sure he’ll spend more time in Texas than he was able to in the past, but I expect him to be (involved).”

4. Quarterback conversation continues behind Rodgers: McCarthy is ready to get back to work with backup QB Brett Hundley after his up-and-down run as the team’s starter last season.

Both McCarthy and Gutekunst see quarterback as another position that can benefit from more competition, though neither specified whether that would come through free agency or the draft.

Hundley completed 192-of-316 passes for 1,836 yards with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions (70.6) during Rodgers’ absence, winning three of his nine starts.

The third-year quarterback had his moments, including a three-touchdown performance against Pittsburgh, but also had five starts where he finished with less than a 60 passer rating.

“Brett Hundley wasn’t ready for what he needed to be ready for,” McCarthy said. “That’s something that we have to learn from, and that stings. That’s something that we should’ve been better prepared for, and I say ‘we’ because it’s not just on Brett. But in the same breath, there wasn’t enough step-up around him, either. It wasn’t just one guy.

“I look at that position no different than any other, we can’t have enough competition. We need to increase the competition in our training environment.”

5. Bulaga’s recovery going well: Right tackle Bryan Bulaga continues to make progress after undergoing surgery for the season-ending knee injury he sustained Nov. 7 against Detroit.

Bulaga was one of three tackles who finished the season on injured reserve, along with Kyle Murphy (foot) and Jason Spriggs (knee).

“He’s down in Florida,” said McCarthy of Bulaga. “So far, everything looks good. It’s all been positive feedback. He’s down at the IMG (Academy).”

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New GM Brian Gutekunst would like franchise QB’s extension to happen this offseason

INDIANAPOLIS – New Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst doesn’t want to wait much longer to get franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed to a contract extension.

“We’d certainly like to get it done sooner rather than later,” Gutekunst said on Wednesday at the NFL Scouti Custom Rays Jersey ng Combine. “When you have the best player in the National Football League, it’s not going to be inexpensive. Obviously Aaron is a high priority, he’s a great player, and that should take care of itself at some point.”

Negotiations have begun with Rodgers, who has two years left on his current contract. This is the point at which the Packers extended Rodgers’ contract last time, in 2013, and Gutekunst confirmed the Packers are aiming to do so again.

How soon the deal will get finalized is an open question. San Francisco just signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a mega-deal, and Kirk Cousins is slated to hit free agen http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Tampa-Bay-Rays-Jersey cy next month as the top QB on the market.

Rodgers might want to wait to see what Cousins gets before committing to any new deal with the Packers, but Gutekunst didn’t seem overly stressed about a timeline.

He didn’t indicate Rodgers’ deal would impact any other pursuits in free agency, just as the loss of a grievance against tight end Martellus Bennett – whose pro-rated signing bonus will not be recouped or credited back to Green Bay’s cap – wasn’t going to change his thought process, either.

“We’d like to be really aggressive and see if we can be in every conversation,” Gutekunst said regarding free agency. “Now, whether that leads to us ending up signing a bunch or not, we’ll see. There’s limitations there. But we’d like to be as aggressive as we can to try to improve our football team.”

Other issues that may or may not need to be sorted out are the high salary-cap numbers in 2018 for receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and for linebacker Clay Matthews.

Gutekunst acknowledged the financial picture is tricky and something might have to be done, but he doesn’t want to see any of the accomplished veterans leave Green Bay.

“It’s a big puzzle, and as the information comes in, as we get closer to the free-agent time period and get through the combine and get a better feel for the draft, some of those things will come into play,” he said.

“But I’ll say this: We have some rea Men’s Authentic Personalized Tampa Bay Rayss Home White MLB Jersey Sale lly good players, and we don’t want to let them walk out the door. It’s hard enough in this league to find them, so we certainly wouldn’t want to let them walk out the door. There are restraints, and every decision affects something else, but we want to let all the information come in before we get to that point.”

As for the rest of combine week, his first as a GM, Gutekunst said getting to know the college prospects through the interview process is a key component.

The Packers’ personnel staff also has had meetings with new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and his staff about the types of players they’re looking to add to Green Bay’s defense through the draft.

“It’s to get on the same page with them as far as exactly how they want to play,” Gutekunst said. “That’s really helpful.”

Picking 14th in every round, as opposed to the late 20s as a perennial playoff team, and having 12 total picks should help, too, for a team Gutekunst characterizes as not being “very far off” despite all the front-office and coaching changes.

None of that alters the Packers’ evaluati Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey on process in general as they set their draft board, because building that board as thoroughly as possible is the priority.

“The most important part, specifically in the beginning, is to try to get the value of the player right,” Gutekunst said. “As we get further on down, we’ll start to look at scenarios and possibilities for us at each pick, but right now, it’s just about getting the value and trying to get to know these guys as much as possible so we don’t make any mistakes.”

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Fred from La Crosse, WI

My second favorite part of the NFL season is upon us. Spring is in the air. Everyone is looking for the perfect inputs to improve the harvest. Mother Nature plays her part. We live with the result. Football imitates life again.

Welcome to the NFL Scouting Combine, folks. We’re here, and we’re ready to roll.

Andrew from Front Royal, VA

In my opinion, OLB, CB, RG, TE, WR are the positions of emphasis. Do you think it’s possible to fill these positions via draft/free agency in one offseason? Also while providing depth and not breaking the bank.

With 12 draft picks and a few mid-level moves in free agency, all those areas can get help, but you aren’t going to get every position exactly where you want it to be. Nobody can.

Carter from Moscow, ID

I know that drafting a guard isn’t a fan-appealing pick, but if Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame falls to 14, don’t we have to take him?

It sure sounds like it, but it also sounds like there’s absolutely no way he’ll last that long.

Andrew from Dayton, OH

Who helps the front office (Gute and Ball) set up what I can only imagine to be the most complicated Excel sheets ever? Do they bring in Bill Gates?

There are many behind-the-scenes, unsung folks at 1265 who are really good at their jobs.

Rob from Hollywood, FL

Damarious Randall made some good steps last season after a second season plagued by injury. Unfortunately, Quinten Rollins ended up on IR after his injury-plagued season. What does that do to a player’s development? Is there any chance he makes his “second-year leap” two years late?

Of course there’s a chance. Rollins was having his best training camp in three years last summer before his season went south due to injury. It’s on him to stay healthy and play his best football. In the final year of his rookie deal, his own career depends on it now.

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It seems like the magic number for an OLB is 10-plus sacks a year to be considered elite. What would that number be for a player on the interior defensive line?

I would say probably six, if I had to pick a number, but it’s about overall disruption for interior D-linemen, which is on film more than in the stats.

Adam from Racine, WI

I understand that the roster belongs to Gutekunst, but who decides who is active on game day? Does McCarthy pick who is active and who isn’t?

Pretty much. McCarthy and the doctors.

Michael from Philadelphia, PA

What can we expect to be changed or added to the Packers’ offense with the return of Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator?

I’m as anxious to find out as the next person. You wonder how many times, in Miami and Indianapolis, Philbin worked on an offensive concept and thought about how Rodgers might execute it.

Wayne from Kissimmee, FL

Re: Hall of Fame backfield. San Francisco actually used three running backs. The third was John Henry Johnson, who is also in the HOF.

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J from Rice Lake, WI

Lots of pundits though the Pack would get some higher picks from the compensatory bucket. Just wanting your perspective on if the compensatory pick calculation may have changed with the new trading option being a factor?

I don’t think so. For whatever reason, the league seemed to draw the line at the contracts that averaged $10 million-plus per year for the third-round compensatory picks. Lang’s contract was just under the eight-figure average.

Joe from Broomfield, CO

Mike or Wes, could you explain the situation, in this case, the new defensive line coach’s decision on wanting to take the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M only to back out and come back to Green Bay? I know he states that family was what made him come back to the Packers. I mean, talk about putting your life in a tumbler and shaking it up until you don’t know which way is up. The assistant coaches lead a very unstable life, along with their families.

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Jake from Salt Lake City, UT

I now anoint you the GM of the Vikings. What do you do with their QB situation? Did you see enough of Case Keenum to sign him to a long-term deal, or is Bridgewater going to be guy? Makes one glad the Packers aren’t in this situation right now.

I think Bridgewater might still end up back with the Vikings, but all signs are pointing to Minnesota entering the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes. The situation has no obvious right answer or there wouldn’t be this much discussion. I can understand going after Cousins, but here’s the thing – what if you lose out and Keenum has already signed elsewhere by then? Richard from Clearwater, MN, asked the same question. Do you go back to Bradford and cross your fingers he stays healthy? I don’t know. The Vikings feel they have a window here and they want to maximize it, but how best to do that is the question.

Stefan from New York, NY

I’ve noticed some pot shots from you guys at the sports media lately and its click-baiting. It certainly has become more and more sensationalized, which is a huge reason I come here for some level-headed analysis. So thank you for giving me an escape. Do you think the media shapes the public or is shaped BY the public? Or is it a snake-eating-its-own-tail type of situation?

The explosion of the digital age has created so many “media” outlets there’s a never-ending struggle for an audience, and a large segment of the current audience focuses more on what’s interesting than what’s real, because more and more consumers turn to the media for entertainment rather than information. On its face, there’s nothing wrong with that, but the trouble is when the lines are blurred and there’s no accountability for being wrong. The Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey  audience stays for the entertainment, even if it has no basis in reality, yet it starts to become reality because it’s “in the media.”

Braden from Aurora, CO

Randall Cobb will only be 28 this season. I believe we haven’t seen his best season yet. What do you think?

I think we saw his best season in 2014, but he’s capable of more than he’s shown since then, for a number of reasons. I think he would be the first one to say so.

Leander from Koln, Germany

Have you had the chance to watch “The HawkCast” with A.J. Hawk lately? Very entertaining and insightful watching Packer players on the show. Corey Linsley said the worst thing a player can hear is a coach taking the blame for a loss or bad performance. They know exactly what’s coming the following week in practice. Is there any other info you can give from your years of experience listening to coaches after games?

I’ve always felt a coach publicly taking the blame for a bad performance is setting an example of how to be accountable, and he’ll soon be figuring out who is and isn’t picking up on his message.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Which best describes the road trip to Indianapolis? A. Lloyd and Harry driving to Aspen; B. Tommy and Richard selling brake pads; C. Thelma and Louise; D. Andy driving to Zihuatanejo.

I asked Wes while he was driving and I was writing. His immediate response: “Definitely not D, though I wish it could be.”

Dan from Madison, AL

Spoff, need your help here…how could Wes name three active (non-QB) players that are a lock for the HOF and not include Joe Thomas?

I didn’t have any problem with his picks, nor Thomas (also mentioned by Andrew in the Cayman), though I could see Peppers having to wait longer than the first ballot. J.J. Watt was the other player who immediately came to mind for me.

James from Appleton, WI

Looking at the free-agency market for tight ends, I’m not impressed. Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, ASJ, Tyler Eifert, all are respectable-to-fading receivers with questionable blocking ability. They will also cost an arm and a leg. I’m much more interested in drafting a guy like Mike Gesicki or Dallas Goedert. Good hands, average-at-best blocking, and a fraction of the cost. Thoughts?

The price has to be right in free agency for me to buy, but it will be difficult to upgrade the position immediately through the draft alone. As Wes said the other day, tight end is becoming a position with a more difficult and lengthier transition to the NFL, primarily because of the proliferation of spread offenses in college.

James from Reedsburg, WI

Following the Super Bowl, I saw several internet posts stating Nick Foles has won as many Super Bowls as Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. Not sure when this idea if a QB doesn’t win multiple Super Bowls it somehow diminishes his accomplishments, but to show how ridiculous it is Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Archie Manning, Fran Tarkenton, and Dan Fouts combined have the same number of Super Bowl wins as me.

Me, too!

Fearn from Rolling Meadows, IL

Spoff, if you went (ice) fishing with any two Packers players that you have covered, who are you taking (or, who is taking you)?

T.J. Lang, and anyone T.J. wants to bring along.

Michael from Milwaukee, WI

I agree that mock drafts are noise between now and the actual draft. Regardless, people who are discrediting Marcus Davenport in the media (not you guys) for being from a non-Power 5 conference need a two-word reminder. Khalil Mack.

Guys like Mack and Carson Wentz have changed some old perceptions.

Rocco from Green Bay, WI

Everyone knows potential draft picks can make a lot of money with a strong combine showing. Do you have any memorable instances of players losing value in Indy?

A player’s stock may plummet in the public eye with a bad workout, but NFL teams usually aren’t as shocked. A bigger drop is more likely to occur through a medical red flag, which often doesn’t come out until much later.

Dan from Golden, CO

Can you recall a time when the Packers (or any team for that matter) traded back in the draft because they were certain “their guy” would be there, but ended up being taken before the pick?

No one would ever admit it, and if a team is counting on one guy to be there, it probably shouldn’t trade back. Trades back happen when a team has multiple players similarly graded, and it would be happy with any of them, so it plays the odds that at least one will be there at a later spot, gaining an extra pick or two in the process.

Mike from New Orleans, LA

Here’s a football/political history trivia question from my older brother. There have been three colleges (or universities) who have had a Super Bowl-winning quarterback play for them AND a U.S. President attend? Can you name them? Bonus points if you can name the QBs and Presidents.

Tell your older brother there are four, unless he’s putting the U.S. Naval Academy (Carter, Staubach) in a separate category. I knew that one, and I knew Michigan (Ford, Brady), but I had to look up the other two – Stanford (Hoover, Elway) and Miami of Ohio (Harrison, Roethlisberger).

Mike from Somerset, WI

Mike, I remember when Aaron Donald was in the Senior Bowl and at the combine. His numbers and performance were off the charts, but he was too short to be a high draft pick. The Rams ended getting stuck with Aaron at the 13th pick. Are there any undersized guys in this year’s draft class that have caught your eye? We could use an Aaron Donald at 14.

I remember when Vic came back from that Senior Bowl and he couldn’t believe scouts were dismissing Donald as a top-10 pick. His story is part of what makes this process great. I haven’t heard of anyone making the kind of noise Donald did this year, but we’ll see what the next few days bring.

Nick from La Crosse, WI

The NFL announced today it is considering changing pass interference penalties from spot-of-foul to 15 yards. I understand the nature of the rule, but what happens if a wide open receiver is tackled on a pass 60 yards down the field? Would the NFL ever consider a two-tiered PI penalty structure similar to the facemask rule? Fifteen yards for “incidental” pass interference, and spot-of-foul for more egregious ones?

That’s what I’ve been saying all along, if the league is serious about changing the rule.

Matthew from Alton, IL

How does the Bennett decision affect the Packers’ cap? I’m thinking the cap room remains unchanged but would have gone up if the arbitrator ruled for the Pack. Is this correct?


Mike from Algoma, WI

If Dez caught the ball, how can we expect the catch rule will be any clearer than last year?

We’ll have to see what they come up with, and even then, we really won’t know how much clarity (or lack thereof) has been achieved until the real games begin again.

Julie from Gresham, OR

Who would win the Sports Reporter Combine? The keyboarding contest. The quickest game write-up. The most questions answered in the Insider Inbox.

I have to pass the medical exam first. Enjoy the week with us from Indy, everybody.


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Bob from Glasgow, DE

Andy’s comments, from Appleton, WI, with the theme song of the “Twilight Zone” in the background, were uncalled for. He could not understand your original insightful and succinct response? You and Wes do an excellent job. Thanks for your efforts.

I’m pleased to report Spoff and I were at our desks Monday. Our passcodes still work. Sorry to disappoint you, Andy. Good morning.

Milan from New York, NY

I have many, many friends. But none of them want to ask a question. Sorry.

Someone ask a question for Milan. He needs a happy Tuesday.

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Andy from Appleton sounds pretty cranky. Maybe he needs a friend. Dan from Twin Lakes needs one.

I’m not sure Dan is that desperate for a friend.

Jonathan from Paducah, KY

Do you have a particular player or players from a particular school(s) you are most excited to see perform at the combine?

There’s always one. In the past, it’s been Margus Hunt, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Takk McKinley and Adam Shaheen. It’s usually players who either have ties to the Packers or just interesting backgrounds. Shaquem Griffin is probably at the top of my list this year. He’s an outside linebacker from UCF who only has one hand. His twin brother, Shaquill, plays for the Seahawks. Marcus Davenport is intriguing, as well. It’s just fun to see the pieces start to fall into place this weekend. There will be a lot of ebb and flow over the next two months. Let the games begin.

Jay from Madison, WI

Why don’t the Packers use smoke machines and pyrotechnics like the other teams do? It would be fun to see Aaron Rodgers running through the tunnel when there’s pyrotechnics right there, such as is with teams like the Cowboys.

The same reason the Packers don’t wear glow-in-the-dark uniforms and change their color pattern every four years. Tradition beats gimmicks when you have a rich enough history.

Matt from Allentown, PA

For varying reasons, we’ve seen Nick Collins, Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Davon House (now perhaps twice), Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, and Micah Hyde leave GB’s secondary during Morgan Burnett‘s career. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Damarious Randall, and Kevin King were all first-round draft picks selected to address the turnover stated above. More experience, talent, and versatility are still needed. It is pretty clear to me GB needs to give Morgan Burnett that elusive third contract. He’s earned it, don’t you think?

Burnett has earned everything he gets. His accountability, professionalism and versatility cannot be questioned. But free agency is a different animal. When it comes to those top 50 free agents, it’s not a question of whether you want a player back – most teams do – but rather can you afford him. Once the market sets, Brian Gutekunst will run his cost-benefit analysis and determine what’s best for the Packers going forward.

Braden from Aurora, CO

Why are we so concerned about a GM’s seventh-round track record? Seems that’s the exception rather than the rule. Wouldn’t a GM be much happier to hit on his first picks with consistency, than his last?

I couldn’t care less which round a player gets drafted. Just hit baby. The key is to hit more than you miss.

Jim from Tucson, AZ

What seems to be the general feeling about the Mike Pettine hire? Mike Daniels says he felt like it was Christmas Day when he heard the news. My feeling is, “If Mike Daniels is happy, I’m happy.”

The general consensus seems to be optimism. I think everyone – players, coaches and media alike – is excited to see what Pettine can do with this defense. It’s a new day.

Joe from Milwaukee, WI

Besides interviews, what part of the combine provides teams the most insight into a player’s capabilities? Also, having lived in Indy for seven years, go to Twenty Tap if you are looking for a good burger and beer selection.

It would be easy to say 40-yard dash, so let’s dig a little deeper. I’ll say the three-cone drill. It’s a good barometer of a player’s agility and explosiveness. While it probably means more at some positions than others, it generally provides a glimpse of a prospect’s football speed.

Stephen from Fort Atkinson, WI

First, are you surprised by the compensatory picks the Packers received? Second, do other teams take into consideration who they are trading with in the draft to make sure they are not giving a good player to an opponent they see often?

I was surprised because there were only four third-round compensatory picks distributed. There were 11 last year, which is why I think many sites believed the Packers were a shoo-in for one this year. I’m not sure why that is. The compensatory process is complicated. And yes, that happens all the time. How often do you see the Packers work trades with the NFC North?

Liam from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t get excited for the draft until the day arrives. I’m not fussed about who we could draft, I’m interested in who we actually draft.

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Rod from Ephrata, PA

With statistics like yards after completion and yards after contact, wouldn’t a defensive stat of yards after contact be an interesting measure for players, especially linebackers?

Probably. It might be tough to assign specific responsibilities to defenders, though. It’s easy to break down what happened on a missed tackle when it occurs in the open field, but it’s not always that clear.

Rob from Buckinghamshire, UK

Aside from Jimmy Graham, who’s likely too expensive, what are your thoughts on this year’s FA tight end class? Julius Thomas seems like a great candidate for a one-year prove it deal, and Tyler Eifert when healthy was one of the best in the league.

Julius Thomas wouldn’t count toward the compensatory question, so that could make sense. Eifert reportedly has been cleared. If he’s healthy, there will be a healthy market for his services. I think he’s clearly the No. 2 option behind Graham. Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be a sleeper. He doesn’t turn 26 until September and was a good citizen in New York.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Who do you think is the best QB to never get a chance to be the week-in and week-out starter?

Seneca Wallace. He played a decade in the league, but only started 22 games. Wallace posted respectable numbers for the Seahawks (333-of-556 for 3,547 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions) over five seasons. I always felt he was a little before his time as a 5-11 quarterback.

Zachary from Texas

Are the Packers going to re-sign Demetri Goodson?

Great question. It’s too bad Goodson tweaked his hamstring after getting activated off injured reserve. It would be easier to gauge where he’s at if he’d played a little. He’s a tireless worker who was a stalwart on special teams prior to his injury. It probably won’t take much to bring him back. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Packers give him another look.

Chuck from Wisconsin

Asking for my friend Dan in Twin Lakes, WI: Which three non-quarterbacks among active NFL players do you see as first-ballot locks for the HOF?

Larry Fitzgerald, Julius Peppers and Adrian Peterson.

John from Los Angeles, CA

Some mocks have Josh Jackson going to the Packers at No. 14, while others have him falling to the Packers in the second round. Do you think he’s a 14th-overall talent?

Talent? Probably. He just doesn’t have the consistent production most first-round picks usually have (only 14 starts at Iowa). Jackson is a prospect GMs and scouts really have to do their homework on.

Rich from Newark, NJ

I know mock drafts are to be taken with a grain of salt, but I peruse them more for fun and entertainment than actual accuracy. However, every single mock draft I have seen has the Packers taking Marcus Davenport. What can you tell us about him and would that be the ideal pick for the Pack?

Long-levered is the perfect way to describe him at 6-6, 255 pounds. He fits the mold of an “elephant” edge rusher. Conference USA isn’t the SEC, but Davenport showed he could play to that level against Texas A&M. I’m excited to speak with him at the combine.

Rob from Brookfield, WI

With all the talk about how many Super Bowls a quarterback has won, what’s your take on Carson Wentz? He’s still young, and will likely get there again, but does he get viewed as being a “Super Bowl-winning QB?”

Wentz played a pivotal role on a Super Bowl team, but I think Nick Foles is the individual who gets the credit for being a “Super Bowl-winning quarterback.”

Rhiannon from Plainfield, NJ

Do you consider Rodgers to be the most talented quarterback to ever play football?

I do.

Paul from Minneapolis, MN

The Combine Primer posted the other day showing Aaron running a 4.77 surprised me. He seems faster than that on the field. Is this a good example of “game speed” vs. a 40-yard dash time?

Maybe. We all know how Rodgers feels about that “official” time.

Mitch from Bettendorf, IA

Are we really complaining that our hurry-up offense is now in too much of a hurry? Our offense is still using up a lot of the play clock every down.

The offense is functional at every speed with Rodgers under center. He gives the Packers an edge every pre-snap. If Rodgers wants to take an extra second to read the defense and find a mismatch, I don’t have an issue with it. It’s what makes him great.

Jeff from Brooklyn, WI

I just saw a mock draft with the Packers trading down with Buffalo to No. 21, and they only receive the Bills’ second-round No. 56 for doing so. However, trading up four picks would cost the team a second-, third- and a late-round draft choice. Sorry but I just don’t get this trade side of the business.

That’s the price of trading into the Top 10. It isn’t cheap. The draft-value chart isn’t as simple as it once was, but it does give you an idea of how much the value of picks dip as you go down through the first round.

David from San Francisco, CA

I don’t understand why Mark Sanchez is used as negative light on Bortles. The old Jets and new Jags proved you can compete for a Super Bowl without the man, saving the money, and strengthening the defensive side of your roster. Sanchez went to two AFC championships. The playoffs are a crapshoot and they’d love another swing. In any case, the three-year contract is telling. I expect Jacksonville to draft a QB this season and give themselves four years to develop and make the transition on the draft pick’s rookie deal, which would expire at the same time as Bortles’ extension.

I think your argument would be stronger if the Jets had won a Super Bowl. Instead, it just creates “what-ifs.” History has shown it’s difficult to keep a window open on a defense-first team. Stars age quickly and it’s not easy to find another to step right in. The Jets found that out in transitioning from Darrelle Revis to Dee Milliner.

Vinny from Arlington, VA

With the question about restructuring Jordy, the question I have is who makes the call. Does Gutekunst approach Russ Ball and indicate that a restructure to “$X” is needed? On the same lines, how does free agency work given the current structure? Does Gutekunst approach Ball about the player he wants and it’s then Ball’s job to try to get a contract negotiated? Just trying to understand the dynamic and process between these two.

As Gutekunst told reporters last month – if he wants a player on the roster, he’ll be on the roster. There obviously will have to be conversations with Ball and his scouts about how a player fits, but the decision belongs to Gutekunst.

Mark from Grand Rapids, MI

Last year it was somewhat of a head-scratcher why McCarthy didn’t play Reggie Gilbert over Fackrell. Was Thompson behind that wanting his draft pick to get every opportunity? Will Murphy be weighing in on situations like that now?

You never know what you’re going to ge Men’s Authentic Personalized Tampa Bay Rayss Home White MLB Jersey Sale t with practice-squad players. If Gilbert isn’t on the roster, the coaches can’t play him. I think it was smart to give him a shot at the end of the last season. Now, we’ll see if he can build on it. Regarding Murphy, I’ll repeat what I just said – the roster belongs to Gutekunst.

Patrick from Inver Grove Heights, MN

With Gutekunst new to the GM role, would this be the year to trade some of his 12 picks this year for higher-round picks next year? Benefit being improved value next year when it’s likely some of your 12 picks won’t make the team this year.

No. I’m all for trading picks during the draft, but I’d be cautious about trading back a full year. I want to get better today, not defer to 2019.

Benjamin from Bear, DE

I see the salary cap is estimated to be upwards of $178 million. What’s the percentage that teams must spend of the cap, according to the most recent CBA?

I believe the CBA stipulates a team must spend 89 percent of its salary cap over a four-year span.

Luke from Manchester, UK

Even given the unpredictable nature of comp picks, can we pencil Washington down for a third-rounder?

I think that would be wise.

Mark from West Bend, WI

Andy from Appleton was probably just upset the Winter Olympics are over. As far as moving up in the draft, could we not also entertain the idea of using players to trade up i Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey nstead of just draft choices? In my opinion, eve Men’s Authentic Custom Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Navy Blue Baseball Jersey ry player should have a predetermined value – yes Wes, even Aaron Rodgers – and if the opportunity presents itself, they be used to move up or gain an additional draft pick? Enjoy Indianapolis.

No Mark. Just no.

Cal from Sturgeon Bay, WI

So, let’s say the Insiders have their own combine. Who puts up more reps on bench?

The spotter who has to pull the bar off of our chests.

Jimmy from Chicago, IL

Is the combine where you combine whiskey with coke?

The combine is where I combine coffee with cream. You need to stay sharp during a busy week. Stay tuned to packers.com. We’ll have you covered for the entire week.

Davy from Chetek, WI

Wes, I’ve joined you in taking that next step in life. My wife and I brought our daughter home on Sunday. There’s no feeling like it. Three cheers for the next generation of Packer fans.

Congrats Davy. Enjoy the ride. It’s worth every second.

Brett from Lakewood, CO

I’ll be your friend, Dan. Now, will you please ask the Insiders a question about Ty Montgomery‘s new number for me?

Checkmate. We have a winner.


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General Manager Brian Gutekunst and Head Coach Mike McCarthy will both meet with the media on Wednesday, with stories and news conference videos to follow.

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Not everything will be settled within the next couple of weeks

Dan from Twin Lakes, WI

I don’t have any friends. Can I ask a question anyway?

Someone be Dan’s friend, please. He needs a happy Monday.

Corey from Whitehall, PA

Kenny Clark, Josh Jones, Clinton-Dix, Dean Lowry, Blake Martinez, Kevin King, and Damarious Randall are all 25 or younger and most of them have already made a big impact on the team. How great will our defense be if/when they peak at the same time? Would we owe TT an apology?

Getting everyone to peak at the same time isn’t realistic, but it’s clear the Packers’ defense is not what it can be. The players you mentioned need to stay healthy and be pushed by in-house competition. Then we’ll see where things stand.

Mark from Minot, ND

It’s a known fact Aaron Rodgers and Jo Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap rdy Nelson have probably the best QB/WR chemistry in the league when healthy, so why would Green Bay even think of letting Nelson go?

Is it a known fact Green Bay is thinking that?

Ryan from Coeur d’Alene, ID

I believe the biggest off-season statement that Gute would make for me is for him to do nothing. Jordy had always been labeled as underpaid. Then came his last contract where he could have cashed in. Even though it was big it was still considered team-friendly. Jordy has given so much to the Packers. If he is not asked to restructure his last year Gute will hav Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange e done the most for me by doing nothing.

If Nelson wants to play for the Packers beyond 2018, a restructure could benefit both sides, helping Green Bay’s cap this year and Nelson beyond. Both sides have options here, depending on everyone’s wishes, which I can’t pretend to know.

Nicholas from Portland, OR

With respect to our defense, do we need to get better guys, our do we need to just get our guys to play better?

Some of both.

Gary from Sheboygan, WI

The Wolf draft model was to draft down for more picks based on a need for more bodies. Thompson had a tendency to follow that example even though there was not that great a need of quantity over quality. I hope Gute goes for quality over quantity.

No one ever wants to sacrifice quality, but quality in the draft often comes from having adequate quantity of opportunity to find it.

Joseph from East Moline, IL

I’m glad to see the Jags gave their guy a deal versus breaking the bank on a free agent. The guy is young and played what seemed to me to be his best football on the biggest and new stages against really good teams on the road. And had it not been for a premature whistle or a slightly overrun route, who knows. Yeah, he had a great defense this year, but Bortles was relied on to win games in the postseason. And now maybe they have some extra cash to give it another shot a few more years.

Very true, but Mark Sanchez made it to a pair of AFC title games as well with similar Jets teams. I don’t watch the Jaguars on a regular basis, so I don’t know what they have in Bortles. You never know.

Andy from Appleton, WI

Mike, your response to Ross from Hayward that “when you win, writers say what you want to hear” begs this question: Do you have a boss? If so, you both should be fired for allowing your flippant and Trumpian response to be printed. Journalistic malpractice at its worst.


Hannes from Natternbach, Austria

With the compensatory pick formula being too complex for the normal fan and beat writer, are the team’s personnel departments able to calculate which picks they will receive before the league announces them?

They have some idea like the rest of us, but they don’t know for sure. They find out about a month earlier than they used to, so that helps. I think the league moved up the notification because the picks can be traded now.

Jon from Bloomfield, NJ

Hey Mike, can you and Wes grab a couple beers and have your lunch in the bowl? That’d be a pretty nice perk of working at Lambeau, if allowed.

It’s a tad cool for picnics at the moment.

Steve from Middletown, KY

I think we will inevitably sign some of our FAs. By any means, I can’t possibly imagine that we will let them all walk. So, when do you think it will all start? Do you think the dam will break closer to March 14?

Because the Packers took care of their two largest priorities last December, the others could see what’s out there before deciding on their futures. Not everything will be settled within the next couple of weeks.

Tom from Charlotte, NC

I know that most teams use some type of formula to calculate what combinations of multiple draft picks are worth. How high in the draft do you think the Packers could pick if they were willing to trade their first two picks (Nos. 14 and 45)? Could that combination get them inside the top five?

Not likely. Most draft trade charts peg that combination between Nos. 6 and 9.

David from Cable, WI

My pet peeve is all the writers who think activity and controversy are better than success on the field. They just want something to happen. Yet when they act it is often proactive. Adams and Linsley signings. I am not bored. Why are they?

Because their traffic numbers are down?

Chris from Lexington, KY

With two years left on Rodgers’ contract, what’s either side’s motivation to restructure now vs. next year or even the year after? Rodgers stands to make more money the longer he waits and the Pack get another year or two at a lower price.

From the Packers’ perspective, the longer they wait, the closer Rodgers gets to free agency and the greater the incentive for him to test the waters. If you want to keep your franchise QB around, you make it worth his while to surrender that possibility.

Michael from Oregon

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It wasn’t pretty.

Michael from DeForest, WI

Hi guys, like many others, I really like what Vic did with this format and how you guys have continued it. The one comment Vic made that I totally disagreed with was how the NFL would have a 6,000-yard passer sooner than later. I sent a few comments/question to no avail. A few reasons with the biggest probably that it w Custom Orioles Jersey ould take 375 yards per game to get there. I know around 5,500 is the record, but do either of you believe we will see 6,000, barring increase in regular-season games? Thanks.

We just saw 505 passing yards by one QB and 874 by both in the Super Bowl. I do believe 6,000 will happen at some point.

Jeff from Milwaukee, WI

You have the Pack getting a D-7 from Buffalo for a trade in 2016. The NFL has Buffalo’s pick in the seventh going to Carolina. What’s the real story?

Two different trades. Buffalo had acquired an additional seventh-round pick from the Chargers in a trade last summer. That’s the pick that went to Carolina in the Kelvin Benjamin deal. I believe the Packers are getting Buffalo’s original seventh-rounder.

Chaston from Las Vegas, NV

The Packers have 12 draft picks this year. Let’s assume they make a small FA signing or two and maybe an additional player or two makes the 53-man roster from previous year’s practice squad (like Reggie Gilbert) or a 2018 UDFA. There is not going to be room for all 12 players to make the roster. Does it make sense to trade up for fewer but more valuable picks just so we don’t lose value from drafting players like Mal Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey achi Dupre, who end up on another roster just from a numbers game?

A lot of readers are wondering about this. I don’t think the GM concerns himself with how many of his draft picks are going to make the team. It’s taken in stages, and the first stage is to build the most competitive 90-man roster possible. McCarthy says that all the time. Then you go about picking the best 53 through camp and the preseason. You don’t pick the 53 in the spring or even early summer. Players will get hurt. Others will underperform. The more difficult the decisions are at the end, the better you’ve done your job.

Nate from Marion, OH

I love how fast Mike Daniels backed up our running backs when they said to get Aaron Rodgers a running back.

When you’re overlooked as a young, mid-round draft pick, you know how it feels.

Kurt from Elba, MN

I know Aaron likes running the up-tempo offense, but wouldn’t it make more sense to slow everything down and make sure we get that all important first down, and then kick in the hurry-up? That makes sure that our defense gets to catch their breath.

There are different reasons for going to the no-huddle. Maybe the offense needs a spark or jolt of energy. Or you’ve caught the defense in a matchup you like (personnel group vs. personnel group) and you don’t want them to be able to sub out of it.

Joe from Pittsburgh, PA

With all the justifiable excitement over the Jerry Kramer induction, I was wondering if there has ever been a team have its entire backfield enshrined as the Packers’ Starr, Taylor and Hornung were so honored. Am I missing some other stellar group?

I believe the only other one is the 49ers of the 1950s, with QB Y.A. Tittle, halfback Hugh McElhenny and fullback Joe Perry.

Aaron from Dallas, TX

About the coin flipping for draft positioning, I read a coin will be made with both teams’ logos. Does the NFL press their own coins? Also who gets the coin when it’s done, the winning team? What if the losing team ends up with a HOFer and the winner a bust? Have you ever heard of a losing team asking for the coin as a momentum? Serious questions that need serious answers.

Those are answers I don’t have, but I think it would be cool if the winning team gave the coin to the players it picks.

Ross from Hudson, WI

Which second-year player to take the hoped-for sophomore jump would have the biggest impact on the win-loss column? I am torn between Aaron Jones and Kevin King. Is it too much to hope for both?

Not at all, not with the talent those two displayed as rookies.

Sam from Eau Claire, WI

Chris from CT asked a question the other day about your favorite part of the season. Is there a part of the season from after the Super Bowl to right before training camp that you guys enjoy covering more than the others (combine, free agency, draft, OTAs, etc.)? I know I get pretty pumped up for the draft but I’m a fan, what about you guys?

The draft is far and away the offseason event. It’s the most important and the most intriguing to cover. The combine helps get us ready, so that’s where Wes, Larry and I, along with our video production guys, are headed tomorrow. We’ll be in touch, often, from Indy.


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Packers.com senior writer Mike Spofford took reader questions in Mike’s Monday Chat

Howdy folks. Sorry I’m a couple minutes late. Thought this would be a good day for a chat, right before heading off to the combine. Let’s go.

Have you heard anything regarding Kevin King‘s recovery? Is he supposed to be full-go by camp?

I haven’t heard anything, so at this point I say no news is good news. We’ll certainly ask McCarthy and Gutekunst in Indy for an update.

Mike, thanks for your re Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange sponse to Chaston from LV this morning on the Packers 12 picks and how they affect the numbers when building the 53. My question is, do late round picks that are cut affect this years salary cap and do they show up as dead money in future years?

Draft picks that are cut don’t affect the salary cap, in the sense that they aren’t paid any salary. Only their signing bonus counts toward the cap.

Hi Mike. What are you looking forward to most at the combine?

Getting out of the office … no, seriously, Indy is a fun city to visit, and it’s a chance to catch up with people from other teams you don’t otherwise see in the offseason. The media part can get fast and furious, so we just do our best.

Which players are you looking forward to seeing this weekend?

I’m curious to hear from some of the players that have been projected as the Packers’ pick at No. 14 in all the mock drafts — Marcus Davenport, Josh Jackson, etc. You at least get a sense of their personalities, though who knows if they’ll end up being a GB selection.

Who are we sleeping on that is already on the roster? Who’s this year’s Blake Martinez?

If it’s Kevin King, that would be good for GB’s defense.

What are your thoughts on the free agency strategy of our new GM?

I’m not sure we know exactly what it is yet, but from what he said last month, the phrase that struck me was being “prepared to pull the trigger.” It suggests more exploration of possible moves, and if the value matches up, they’ll be in position to do it. Whether or not that leads to more signings, we’ll just have to see.

Do you see tight end as more of a draft priority or a free agent priority for Gute?

I think it could be both. If the Packers don’t re-sign Richard Rodgers, you almost have to sign a veteran in free agency. I think they’ll draft one regardless.

The Packers are a couple months away from making their biggest draft pick in over a decade. Do y Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey ou think the Packers will look for someone with unshakable resolve because of this. You’ll be able to cut the expectations with a knife.

I think GB fans will have to keep expectations in check. Finding a rookie im Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey pact player is not easy. The Packers will improve more from the continued development of guys like King, Randall, Lowry, etc. Adding an impact rookie to the mix would be all the better of course.

Ted Thompson seemed to have developed a reputation for investing high picks in players from Power Conferences. USC, Tennessee, and Ohio State come to mind. Do you think Brian Gutekunst takes a different approach and looks closer at a player from Miami O or Marshall?

I’ve never felt the school was that big a deal. It’s about the player. Thompson found Collins at Bethune-Cookman and Jennings at Western Michigan. He also drafted Matthews from USC.

Are you looking forward to video shoots with Larry?

Always. He keeps things pretty entertaining.

I’m planning on going to the combine for one of the 4 days and I hope to meet you and Wes there. Is there any one day there that would be more interesting or more accessible for a fan?

There are more fans there on the weekend, but otherwise, it’s pretty similar day to day.

Do you think we will keep all of our draft picks, or trade any away?

I would expect there to be some trading on draft day. Up or down? Maybe both. I could see the Packers ending up with 12 picks but not in the 12 slots they currently have.

Vertical challenge, 40-yard dash, or bench press challenge – Spoff vs. Wes? Makes for a great segment!

I’m quite sure youth would win out.

Injuries have an impact on every team in the NFL. With everything else being equal, would you draft an ultra-athletic player with a history of frequent injuries or a good, but less athletic player that has demonstrated durability?

I think questions like that depend on the type of injuries in the history. If they’re freak accidents, like broken bones, not much anyone can do. If the injuries are more related to the player not taking care of his body, that’s a different issue.

Seems like a back-up quarterback will be on the table this year. Who might be a later round option you like?

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What is going on behind the scenes at the combine that fans would most like to know about or see?

I think the interview process is pretty interesting. There are formal and informal interviews. Informally, scouts and coaches grab players as they’re available, within certain time frames. It’s like a catch-as-catch-can. Formally, teams will have a group talk to a player in a hotel room, get to know them, go over plays on the grease board, etc. There’s information gathering all the time.

What kind of questions are asked in the interviews?

Depends on the team. Can be football stuff, personal stuff, psychological tests. There’s no media access to any of the interview process, so all we know is what the prospects share with reporters, and most of them meet with the media before they do formal interviews.

Who goes to the combine from the Packers? Does Ted still go in his new position?

Everyone from the personnel department is at the combine pretty much the whole time. The coaching staff also goes, but generally they are only there for the days their specific positions are doing workouts and interviews. It’s a highly regimented schedule by the NFL.

Do teams already know who they may want, or do they figure that out after the combine?

Teams have preliminary draft boards before going to the combine, then they come back and re-set their boards based on any new information. Teams are limited to a certain number of formal interviews, because they have to request the players and the league gets them scheduled, so they know going in the players they for sure want to talk to.

As a follow-up to that, some teams don’t want their interest in certain players to get out, so just because they’re not talking to a player doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in him. It’s very hard to know what’s real.

What’s a normal work day at the combine look like for you?

Wednesday will be the day McCarthy and Gutekunst both speak to the media. Then starting Thursday, the prospects are available each day in the afternoon, certain positions on certain days. You just try to set a game plan for each day and get what you can.

Who on the roster would you tag to be the next Tramon Williams \\ Sam Shields?

Setting the bar as high as Williams/Shields is a bit unfair, but I’m very curious to see what Reggie Gilbert brings to the table in 2018.

What’s your schedule in Indy? Driving or flying?

We’re driving, leaving tomorrow morning. We have a couple of vehicles. The video guys have all their equipment to haul. Since there’s no direct flight from GB to Indy, it takes about the same amount of overall time to get there by driving, as long as the traffic around Chicago isn’t horrible.

Late to the chat so if you answered this, sorry. How do you select the players you may want to do Prospect Primers on?

A lot of factors. Positions the Packers may be interested in, the quality of b-roll highlight video our production guys have access to, good soundbites from the combine interview. We work with what we have and try to make them informative and interesting.

Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament kicks of Thursday, with Apple Valley’s 34 year streak for Team appearances over!! Raiders Coach Trgovac or Mike Daniels would of been high seeds for the Individual Tournament, as tough as it is. Any other Packer players or coaches, past or current, that were high level high school wrestlers?

Wisconsin’s was just last weekend, and I covered that event for a number of years in prior jobs. I recall Scott Wells being a rather accomplished wrestler as well.

Have you ever been surprised to see someone at the combine?

Not really. Everyone in the NFL basically is there. It’s more a matter of recognizing someone and not being able to remember on the spot who it is.

Who is an intriguing prospect from Wisconsin this year? Always fan favorites as you know

A lot of fans are interested in TE Troy Fumagalli, with the Packers having a need at the position and him coming off a strong college career with the Badgers.

Do you make it a point to visit Chick-fil-A or Steak n Shake while in Indy, or do you just stick to McDonald’s?

Steak n Shake is a definite must, because we don’t have those around here. Sorry to cut this short, but I have to sign off soon, so I’ll take one or two more.

Do prospects work with speed coaches prior to the combine? I know a few tenths of a second can make a significant impact on where a player is drafted.

Absolutely. They all do. That’s why I don’t put too much stock in the physical workouts, because they all train for them so intensely. The college film, medical checks and interviews I think carry more weight with most teams.

Which theory makes more sense? Drafting more players, because the more you get, the better your chances are to pick a gem, OR, too many drafted players for few open positions means you will end up not signing them to the 53 or the P.S.?

I subscribe to the theory of taking more swings at the plate. As for the 53, you never know how injuries are going to shake out and where you’ll be short.

All right, I’ve got some packing to do, so I’d better go. Stay tuned to the website for all of our combine coverage for the rest of the week, and into early next week. Thanks for logging on today, everybody. Take care, Mike

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Why were you so “merciless” covering the Packers in the 1970s & ’80s?

Harry from San Mateo, CA

As a fact-based student of history, of all the players you have ever studied and seen, who do you believe is the most deserving Packer player not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Verne Lewellen.

Now that Jerry Kramer has been elected that seems to be a popular topic. Mike of De Pere asked the same question.

Actually, I believe Lewellen is one of a handful of players who deserves to be in the discussion about the greatest Packers player ever.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1963, 31 years after Lewellen retired, and even by then the game had changed to such a degree I don’t believe most of those involved in the selection process comprehended Lewellen’s value to the Packers. To be honest, as much time as I’ve spent researching his career, I still find it difficult to fully grasp what the game was like when he played. For example, I recently saw a pre-snap picture from an early 1920s game where the ball was placed so close to the sideline, there wasn’t enough room to the right of it for three offensive players to squeeze onto the field of play.

But here’s what I’ve gathered from Lewellen’s paper trail.

He played nine seasons from 1924-32 and was arguably the Packers’ most valuable player during that period. When the Packers won three straight championships from 1929-31, if the Associated Press had voted for a league MVP at the time, I think Lewellen might have won it in both 1929 and ’30.

I know those are strong statements, but I base them on three things. One was what I’ve learned from reading countless newspapers during Lewellen’s era, particularly game coverage in the Green Bay, Milwaukee, New York and Chicago dailies, where he was often credited with being the difference in many of the Packers’ biggest victories. Two was what his contemporaries said about him. A third consideration was correspondence I found in the Ralph Wilson Research Center in Canton, suggesting Dick McCann, the hall’s first director, was scrambling to get more information on Green Bay’s players before the first vote. What’s more, Art Rooney and George Halas were the two consultants the hall leaned most heavily on in those early years. Halas knew Lewellen as well as anyone. But I have my doubts if Rooney ever saw Lewellen play. He became an NFL owner in 1933, the year after Lewellen retired. Previously, there was no NFL team in Pittsburgh and there was no television. So where would Rooney have watched him?

Something else that hurts Lewellen is that he played in the NFL’s pre-stats era, from 1920-31. Thus, there are no official statistics to confirm his impact other than that he scored more touchdowns than any other player in the league during that period. Unofficially, he also is among the leaders in rushing, receiving and passing, and once led the league in interceptions.

But Lewellen’s greatest contribution was as a punter when that probably was the most important role in the game. From everything I’ve read, he was in a class by himself when teams punted as much on first, second and third downs, as fourth down, because o http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Baltimore-Orioles-Jersey f the importance of field position. Keep in mind, in the days of limited substitution, punting was one of a back’s most important responsibilities.

Another was the ability to punch the ball into the end zone and nobody scored more TDs than Lewellen at a time when NFL teams averaged fewer than 10 points a game.

When Curly Lambeau picked his all-time Packers team after the 1948 season, which was his second-to-last as their coach, his two halfbacks were Lewellen and Cecil Isbell over Pro Football Hall of Famers Johnny Blood, Arnie Herber and Tony Canadeo, who was seven years into his 11-year career. Lambeau chose Red Dunn as his quarterback and Clarke Hinkle as his fullback. In 1957, George Whitney Calhoun, the Packers’ co-founder, picked the same backfield on his all-time team. In his case, he had seen almost every home Packers game for 38 years and almost all of their road games for more than 25 of those years.

When Blood was inducted in Canton as a charter member, he said, “Verne Lewellen should have been in there in front of me and (Cal) Hubbard.”

Charlie Mathys, a Green Bay native, played quarterback for the Packers from 1922-26 and then lived in the city until his death in 1983, serving on the Packers’ board of directors from shortly after his retirement until 1980. Few men were in better position to rate the Packers’ best players over their first 60 years.

Here’s what Mathys said about Lewellen in 1967: “Defensively, offensively – of the players we had in the old days, he was number one. And I’m not alone in saying that. Any of the old-timers I’ve talked to say the same thing … He was way ahead of his time in ability. If he doesn’t get in the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame, it’s a joke.”

A year earlier, Mathys told Lee Remmel, then writing sports for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, that few of the earliest Packers could play on Vince Lombardi’s teams, but Lewellen would be the exception. “… Verne Lewellen could have made it at any time from that day to this,” Mathys said.

Here’s Lewellen’s Packers Hall of Fame bio on our website.

Mike from Appleton, WI

I am 71 years old and a Packer fan since my first game in 1957. First, I really enjoy your columns on Packer history. They bring back a lot of memories and even some tidbits I didn’t know. However, I remember your articles from when you wrote for the Appleton Post-Crescent. As we all know the Packers were not very good in the ‘70s and ‘80s. And as a young fan, I remember being angry with your columns. You were very hard on the team and full of criticism. I couldn’t stand it but I read them all.  I know as a journalist, it is your job to report the facts but you were merciless in your comments. These many years later how do you look back on that part of your career? Your columns today seem to represent a real love of the franchise. Again, I love your columns of today. I was curious about the long-ago years.

First, sincere thanks for being a loyal reader even in the days when you would rather have used your old newspapers with my picture and columns for puppy training. Also, just to clarify, the Press-Gazette employed me from 1971 to 1986, but the Post-Crescent also ran my stories through a working agreement between the two newspapers.

In 1974, when I was assigned the Packers’ beat at the P-G, the managing editor at the time, Larry Belonger, instructed me to cover them as aggressively as the writers in the big cities covering NFL teams. I was 27, had a young family to support and so I followed orders. Who wouldn’t? That said, I don’t believe I really needed any encouragement to be dogged in my work.

How do I look back on those days now? When I come across stories I wrote in the 1970s and ‘80s, I cringe at some of my leads. Clearly, I could have done a better job of economizing on words and choosing more suitable words all too often. I still beat myself up for things like that.

But I have no regrets about being overly critical in my columns or too aggressive in my reporting. In fact, if I would have known then what I’ve learned since from the Ron Wolf-Mike Holmgren and Ted Thompson-Mike McCarthy regimes about what it takes to win in the NFL, I would have been even more merciless.

Let’s not forget, I basically covered nothing but bad teams and losing coaches.

Let me ask you this, when you didn’t like what I wrote was it because I was off-base or because I wrote things you didn’t want to come to grips with? In turn, I’d be curious about your reaction to the harsh criticism some pundits directed at Thompson the past few years.

He built a Super Bowl champion. Together, he and McCarthy had a .633 winning percentage over 12 seasons to rank third in the NFL. And yet Thompson had only three picks in 12 drafts higher than 21st.  Maintaining that kind of success with only two top-15 picks in 12 years was a remarkable accomplishment.

You might disagree, but I don’t believe Philadelphia would have had any chance of winning the Super Bowl without Carson Wentz (2nd pick in 2016) for most of the season, and defensive linemen Fletcher Cox (12th pick in 2012) and Brandon Graham (13th pick in 2010). In fact, I don’t think the Eagles would have even made the playoffs without those three. Weren’t they their three best players over the course of the season?

Thompson was essentially the first GM in the history of the game to draft a future Hall of Fame quarterback to replace an aging Hall of Famer. Nick Collins, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson were three of the best second-round draft picks in Packers history and Davante Adams might be another. Drafting Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Mike Daniels and David Bakhtiari, all in the fourth round, was like drawing four-of-a-kind in five-card stud.

Forgive me, but I’m going to follow up with more questions.

Should I have given Dan Devine a pass for trading seven prime draft picks for Jim Del Gaizo and John Hadl? Or Bart Starr for ignoring the pleas of his scouts and selecting Steve Atkins and Charlie Johnson over Joe Montana and Rich Campbell over Ronnie Lott? For not re-signing Ted Hendricks, who was coming off maybe the best year by any defender in Packers history? Or giving up five draft picks between rounds 3 and 7 for washed up or never-were linemen Pat Matson, Carl Barzilauskas, Mike Wellman and Angelo Fields?

Admittedly, I’m lacing this with hyperbole, but I feel like I could fill a USB flash drive listing all of the Packers’ personnel blunders over those two decades.

My mindset then was to be as exhaustive in my reporting as possible and to write accurate, informative stories. I still have the same aim. All that has changed is that I was covering news then and I’m writing about history now; and the latter maybe requires more research than reporting.

Jevon from Green Bay

A friend sent me this photo with signature. I believe from reading your column that he always used the name Johnny Blood. Was curious as to your opinion about this? Thanks and a bigger thank you for all the Packer history!

Three cheers to you for knowing your Packers history!

Yes, Jo Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange hnny Blood was his name as an NFL player until the Pro Football Hall of Fame decided to concoct a new one for him in 1963, roughly 25 years after he was done playing. But Blood was the name he insisted on using throughout his career, and the Packers and sportswriters of that era complied in print.

If anyone has ever seen him listed by any other name in the Packers’ press books of his time or in game programs please let me know. I’ve never seen the name McNally attach Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey ed to his name in any such publications or in any NFL game summary.

Two of my mentors, Lee Remmel and Art Daley, all but used Johnny Blood exclusively even after he was inducted into the Hall. I believe one of their mentors, George Whitney Calhoun, also used nothing but Johnny Blood.

When the Hall of Fame’s first class was announced on Jan. 29, 1963, it used John (Blood) McNally in its release. Daley, who had been covering the Packers for more than 20 years, referred to him strictly as Johnny Blood in his story and the Press-Gazette’s eight-column headline in big, bold type read: “Lambeau, Hutson, Blood, Hubbard in ‘Hall’”.

I’m guessing Blood signed the autograph you attached in 1939 when the Pittsburgh Pirates – they weren’t yet the Steelers – trained in Two Rivers, Wis. Tisch Mills is a small town about 15 miles north of Two Rivers, where the Pirates likely found good food, good drink and who knows what else. Blood was the Pirates’ coach that year.

For that reason, I actually find it somewhat interesting that he signed his name John Blood. Outside of football, but even sometimes as an NFL coach, I believe, he used his given name John McNally.

But the bottom line is: He was Johnny Blood in his football life until the day he died. So why would he sign his name any other way?

Tom from Minneapolis & Mark from Bettendorf, IA

From Tom: I read the “Breaker Boys” about the Pottsville NFL franchise, which shared many similarities with Green Bay. The stories behind the stolen 1925 NFL championship, the Bidwills, and Notre Dame are priceless. My question is: Why isn’t Tony Latone, the leading rusher of the 1920s, in the Hall of Fame? Red Grange called him the toughest player he ever played against.

From Mark: The Chicago Tribune ran a great story on Duke Slater, the “NFL’s first African-American lineman.” He was a six-time all-pro who played for the Rock Island Independents and Chicago Cardinals, and later became judge on the Cook County Municipal Court. Do you have any stories about what appears to be another great player deserving of the Hall of Fame?

The 1920s is the most under-represented decade in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Following the most recent vote, I believe 273 players have been voted into Canton, if you don’t count coaches who doubled as players. Only 16 of those 273 played in the 1920s and I believe only nine played most of their careers in the ‘20s. Other than in 2005 when Fritz Pollard and Benny Friedman were inducted, no 1920s player has been voted into Canton since Joe Guyon in 1966.

I believe Lewellen’s absence is an injustice. I also think there are at least three other players from the 1920s deserving of serious consideration: Slater, Latone and Lavvie Dilweg of the Packers.

I know from reading the Press-Gazette back then, the Packers had great respect for Slater. They talked about him in more glowing terms than Pollard, who also was one of the few African-Americans in the game. I don’t remember reading any quotes about Latone by any Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey  of the early Packers. Then again, the Packers played Pottsville only three times.


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Will any team truly be a surprise next year?

Zach from Clarkfield, MN

Who is the Packers’ best cover linebacker? In my humble opinion, RB/LB or slot WR/LB is a matchup that many teams take advantage of.

I think it needs to be Josh Jones in the hybrid role, but we’ll see how it unfolds under Pettine.

Tristan from Aurora, CO

When Josh Jones was drafted, I turned to my dad and said, “I’ll betcha Burnett’s on the last year of his contract.” Sure enough, he was. However, I’m not sure that Jones is ready. Is it possible that Burnett is given the franchise tag to keep him around for a year and develop Jones further, if Jones really is the presumptive heir?

If the Packers are interested in keeping Burnett, they’ll be able to do so for far less than franchise-tag money.

Chris from Portland, CT

Do you think we should let Gutekunst and his staff make up their boards before we start asking if they should move up or down in the draft? Asking for a friend.

Tell your friend that’s basically what I’ve been saying.

Lori from Heredia, Costa Rica

Hi Mike, I wanted the Packers to win the last game of the season in Detroit. But the part of me that was disappointed was consoled by thinking of a better draft selection. If the Packers had won in Detroit, where would they be picking rather than 14 where they are currently?

I believe 15th.

Todd from Fort Atkinson, WI

It was stated that Trevor Davis was disappointed he didn’t make that catch. Disappointment comes with effort and not succeeding. He didn’t put forth the effort, so why be disappointed? He took the play off much like Clinton-Dix took off the last six. Watch some film and you’ll see it.

I was pretty harsh on Davis after that play, too, but he acknowledged he lost the ball in the lights. It’s his job to make sure that doesn’t happen, but the missed opportunity was not due to lack of effort.

Richie from Ath Fada, Ireland

At what point in Rodgers’ career does the front office say screw it and go all-in on a big free-agent signing to win a ring? I’m all for draft-and-develop but there’s no guarantee we’ll have another quarterback after Rodgers capable of bringing those guys to the dance.

There’s no guarantee a big free-agent signing gets you a ring, either. Loading up for a short-term shot makes your odds smaller, in my opinion, of winning a title than building an annual contender, because the playoffs are so unpredictable.

Tom from Cedar Rapids, IA

RIP to the Carr that hit like a truck. As a kid, I pretended I was Fred while playing football in the back yard (or tackling my little brother in the living room…Sorry Mom). Watching him was one of the few bright spots on some otherwise disappointing teams. Thanks for the memories, Fred.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Cliff’s excellent piece on Carr, it’s worth your time.

Mike from Novato, CA

So, Wes, if a top-five player falls to 14, he’s not a top-five player? Aaron Rodgers? Randy Moss? Not sure you’re going to get a lot of agreement on that one.

You can be sure he’s not.

Greg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Wes, I won’t quibble over your rivalry rankings, but for pure entertainment Packers-Cowboys has been great for a long time.

He’s catching some flak for that one, too. Then again, he was barely starting school in the early ’90s.

Matt from Hoboken, NJ

Wes, you mentioned that Buffalo was your least favorite stadium to visit. Is that because for initiation purposes you had to let Spoff pile-drive you through a flaming table, or is there another reason?

Now I’m the one clearly missing something.

Alen from Tilburg, The Netherlands

Insiders, which team will surprise everyone next year?

Tough question, because the teams I see with the potential for the biggest W-L turnaround – 49ers, Colts, Texans, even Packers – have (or are expected to have) quarterbacks everyone knows about, so I’m not sure how much of a surprise they can really be.

Ben from Lannon, WI

Here’s a theory, I think the reason the defense struggled so was because the players lost faith in Capers and his system. I am sure players hear about fans wanting him to get fired and our concerns. They have to be aware that the fan base has not been happy with our recent play on the defensive side of the ball. I think that could have a huge effect on a unit, and can get into their head and cause them to lose faith. Thoughts?

While I acknowledge players are human, if that was true, I’m Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey  not sure I want those same players on my professional football team anymore.

Jeremy from DeSoto, KS

I need Wes to post my question for the Inbox hat trick. When Spoff saw Cillian for the first time, did he use the word breathtaking?

Sorry, he’s not going to bite on a Seinfeld reference, but I will.

Derek from Maple Grove, MN

I don’t get the comparison between the James “catch” and the Ertz catch. James caught the ball on the 1.5-yard line and never took a step, he just fell towards the goal line. Ertz caught his at the 6-yard line, took three steps, and dove for the end zone. In my mind it’s two completely different plays. BTW, I think they were both called correctly.

I do, too, but I think the best “catch rule” item that came out of the Super Bowl was Corey Clement’s TD being upheld, because it was the first time in a while I saw “ball moving” not being equated to “loss of control.”

Mike from Somerset, WI

Mike, if I had an eight-year career with the Packers and 29 interceptions for the team, would I be consider Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ed a lock for the Packers Hall of Fame?

I assume you’re referring to Tramon Williams, who had 28 interceptions from 2007-14 (32 INTs including playoffs), and the answer to your question is yes.

Ron from Waukesha, WI

Guys, Adam Timmerman, Mark Tauscher and Donald Driver. The three gems Ron Wolf found in the seventh round. Ted Thompson didn’t come close to that level of success. We’ll have at least two picks in the seventh round this year. Will Brian Gutekunst rediscover the Ron Wolf seventh-round mojo or has the drafting process changed too much and made it impossible to duplicate?

I don’t know if anyone else has ever had three seventh-round picks in a span of six years turn out like that, or if anyone will again.

Jason from Ringle, WI

I think we heard from Wes on this topic, but curious to know if Spoff was in the Winter Olympics, what event would you be participating in?

Definitely the bobsled. Adams, Nelson and Cobb need a fourth, don’t they?

Mathias from Lanscaster, PA

The first Packers game I remember attending featured Anthony Dilweg as QB. I vaguely remember that Don Majkowski was around, as well as Mike Tomczak and Mark Brunell, I think. As I was so young at the time, can you give me a bit of insight on why so many QBs in such a short time period? Was there no “man,” lots of injuries, or something else going on?

Dilweg started seven games in 1990 in place of Majkowski, who was Green Bay’s guy, but he couldn’t stay healthy. Tomczak started seven games in Majkowski’s place the following year. Brunell was not on the team at that time. The only year Majkowski started for a full season was 1989, and the Packers went 10-6, with 10 of the 16 games decided by four points or less. Green Bay went 7-3 in those close games, earning the nickname “The Cardiac Pack,” but it lost the NFC Central title to Minnesota on a division-record tiebreaker (6-2 vs. 5-3).

JJ from St. Augustine Beach, FL

Do you think we’ll be interested in Sitton?


Andrew from Ettrick, WI

The fans’ obsession with the Packers trading up from 14 to the top 10 somewhat amazes me. How many drafts have potentially four quarterbacks going in the top half of the draft has there been? The high quality of defensive players that can slide down to us should excite the Packer fan base. Also, with the higher second-round selection, this is a draft that could create some real cornerstone players of the future.

It needs to.

Chris from New Canaan, CT

Every year, the cycle of the NFL repeats; it has a certain rhythm to it. Combine, free agency, draft, OTAs, preseason, regular season, postseason. To its credit, the NFL has ensured there is always something going on to promote fan engagement. As reporters for the Packers, do you guys have a favorite phase of the season to cover?

Sundays from September through January make the rest of the grind worth it.

Paul from Pawleys Island, SC

Pawleys Island is a real place, beautiful and laid back like Edisto Beach. Unlike Vic, I might move back to ’Sconsin when I retire (nobody here plays Sheepshead).

Jack o’ diamonds or call an ace? If you move back, you’ll know where to find me.

George from North Mankato, MN

Looking ahead to the schedule, are there any specific teams (home or away) that you would like to see at the beginning, middle or end of the season? I always enjoy seeing the Lions or Vikings having to travel to Lambeau in the cold.

The Dolphins, Cardinals and Falcons would all be good candidates for a cold-weather game to benefit the Packers. Given Seattle’s injuries in the secondary, it wouldn’t hurt to travel out there early in the season rather than later. Getting Washington early before Alex Smith settles in might help, too.

Tom from Collegeville, MN

Both Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson made some statement moves when they took over for GM. Wolf got Favre and Reggie, Ted took Rodgers and acquired Woodson. Rumor has it that Marcus Peters is on the trade block. Could this be the big statement move that Gutekunst uses to mark the beginning of his reign? Very talented player.

They were statement moves but they weren’t done for that express purpose. I expect Gutekunst to keep his motivations in the right place as well.

Jimmy from New Richmond, WI

Hey guys, with the slow offseason, and spring training coming up, I was thinking about getting tickets to a Brewers game. Living so close to the Minnesota border, I would love to see a Brewers-Twins game, in Miller Park of course. I know the atmosphere is vastly different at baseball games, but I am much more familiar with football, so I am curious how young is too young to bring a little rugrat to a Brewers game? I would like to go with the family, but not sure how the little one would fair.

Just prepare for the worst and it’ll work out somehow. We actually took my son when he was a month old to a game at County Stadium during the final week of games there to get pictures of him inside it before they tore it down. It’s one of my favorite baby pictures.

Kris from Las Vegas, NV

When was the last time the Packers used the franchise tag?

2010, on Ryan Pickett.

Kyle from Los Angeles, CA

I don’t know enough to know if it is caused by talent evaluation, n Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap egotiating skills, or business transparency, but I feel the Packers’ infrequency in using the franchise/transition tag reflects well on our front office. At best, using it seems to be a distraction (Steelers); at worst, it’s an embarrassment (Redskins).

No one wants to use it, and no one who’s in a position to get it really wants it. You never know for sure what’s going on behind the scenes, but if it’s used as a last resort to buy more time to work out a long-term deal, that’s not so bad. But tagging somebody as soon as the tag is available is usually a sign there’s contentious negotiations or a parting of ways on the horizon, if not this year then next.

Connor from Murray, UT

So Pettine said he likes having hybrid players because they can either move around, or easily switch positions if injury hits. So with  Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey Clay, in a perfect world, would he line up as an edge rusher all the time so he can do what he is best at, and not have to fill in at MLB? Or in a perfect world would he play multiple positions with different assignments to create diversity in the defense?

I think it’s the latter. Dan from Australia asked a similar question. Matthews moved inside full-time in 2014 and it not only saved the run defense, it set up the Packers to make a run. I think ideally you have packages where Matthews is inside and/or off the line, but it’s not his permanent gig. You have to have enough players to make those multiple packages effective, though. It starts there.

Brad from Lakewood, WI

If the draft itself is a crapshoot, what does that  Custom Orioles Jersey make a mock draft?

Playing with fake chips.

Pooks from Duluth, MN

Tebow inventing the shotgun?! That’s absurd. Everyone knows he invented the Hail Mary.



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Ambient light is a photographer’s best friend

“Through the Lens” will appear once per week during the offseason. Packers team photographer Evan Siegle deconstructs some of his favorite images from the 2017 season. Each week will offer a new photo gallery of some of his best photos from the past season.

Celebrity sighting

It’s always cool to see celebrities at a Green Bay Packers game. Over the years I’ve seen a handful, from Magic Johnson, Bradley Cooper, John Cusack and Ashton Kutcher to Jay Z, Brad Paisley, David Ortiz, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Durant and Aly Raisman. You can now add former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell to the list. I first saw Liddell, of whom I’m a big fan, hanging out along the sidelines before the game. I loved that he was decked out in green and gold, too. I made a couple of images of Liddell and then moved on. I had no idea that several hours later he’d be in one of my favorite images from the game. As you all know, the game ended in an epic fashion as Packers’ rookie running back Aaron Jones dove into the end zone for a walk-off touchdown to defeat Tampa Bay in overtime. The place went nuts. I had dozens of images of Jones being mobbed by his teammates and photos of players celebrating. While making my way ac Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ross the field in search of another moment I saw none other than “The Iceman” celebrating with the players. Next thing I know I see Aaron Rodgers creeping up behind him. Rodgers gave him a big blindsided hug and Liddell’s reaction was priceless. It was the p Custom Orioles Jersey erfect photo to showcase the thrilling overtime victory. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 640, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/3200th)

Snowball fight

I’m not a real big fan of photographing games in the snow, but I do love how the snowflakes look in pictures. I guess you could call it a love/hate relationship. During the winter months I anxiously wait to see if snow is in the forecast for game days on the frozen tundra. A snow globe game didn’t pan out this past season, but on a practice day in mid-December, Mother Nature gave us seven inches of snow. Knowing that a bunch of snow was falling, I made my way over to practice extra early in hopes to document the players enjoying the fresh flakes. It’s kind of funny that some players never have seen or experienced a Wisconsin snowstorm, especially the rookies. I made sure that I grabbed some images as they made their way to the Don Hutson Center for practice. I found this nice moment of Trevor Davis as he chased down teammate Jeff Janis with a snowball. It was a direct hit, too! This image was shot with an 85mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/2500th).


Ambient light house

Ambient light is a photographer’s best friend, especially in those early evenings during the beginning of the season. I really try to take advantage of the light during the first half of the season. I tend to gravitate toward those warmer-tone images, too. This is a pretty simple portrait of Davon House as he lined up for the national anthem during the last preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams. I just liked the framing, his body language and those warm sunny tones. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 160, Aperture = f2.8, Shutter = 1/1250th)


Through the Lens series:

  • Always be ready for those Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey  unexpected moments
  • Using creativity to capture the moment
  • Changing perspective can make a photo so much better
  • It’s about preparation, anticipation, timing and luck
  • Making similar moments better