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Andrew from Fort Collins, CO

You’ve told us how a good pass rush can improve a team’s secondary, but how true is the reverse that a good Josh Donaldson Women’s Jersey secondary can improve the pass rush? If Sam Shields hadn’t gone down, how many sacks would Datone Jones have had last season?

I see your point, but I don’t like getting into chicken-or-egg questions. I’ve always said the two go hand-in-hand, and coaches will say the same thing. The reason I’ve focused so much on the pass rush is I believe the Packers’ depth there is more suspect, and the more often a blitz is needed to generate a pass rush, the more vulnerable a secondary becomes.

Sean from Portland, ME

Offensively, the player I’d like to see make the biggest jump developmentally is Trevor Davis. The WR group is very strong but it lacks a true “take the top off the defense” threat. Jennings was the best at that and then Nelson was the guy in 2014, but he’s not getting faster with age. Thoughts?

The main reason a sub-190-pound receiver gets drafted is obvious. Speed.

Steve from North Hudson, WI

What is a bigger factor in NFL parity? Draft order or salary cap?

Definitely the cap. The draft is a speculative and subjective business, no matter the order of picks. The cap is an objective number by which all must abide.

Howie from St. Ignace, MI

Besides Ty and Rip, how many running backs Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey do you predict will be on the opening-day roster?

I expect the Packers to keep three players who can carry the label of primary ball-carrier when they’re inserted in a game. I think the fullback decision will be a separate one.

Jeff from Albuquerque, NM

Jamaal Charles is credited as having the most career yards per carry, averaging 5.5. Ty Montgomery is averaging 5.9. This is the same average as Charles’ second year in the league. Montgomery is an inch taller and 17 pounds heavier. Dare we dream what a little experience and training could do for The Crazy 88?

I hear you, but I’m going to temper my expectations a bit. Montgomery carried the ball 102 times last year, including playoffs. It’ll be a big enough leap for him to go to 200 (an average of 12.5 carries over 16 games) in his first year as a full-time back, let alone push things into the 250-280 Lacy range. One step at a time.

Rob from Menasha, WI

Hey Spoff, don’t worry you’re not a sissy. Those IBUs come with time. No one’s giving up on you yet.

Good to know.

Greg from Hamilton, Ontario

I’m a 41-year-old Packer fan since 1992 and I turned down a chance to see a game at Lambeau Field. Am I insane?

Just make sure you get here at least once in the Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey era. I’d advise all bucket-listers to do the same. He’s a phenomenal talent to watch.

Hansen from Waukesha, WI

Spoff made an error in Thursday’s column, stating the Packers played at the Ford Field opener in 2005. The stadium actually opened in 2002, but still featured the Packers.

I stand corrected, and for the record, that was a Week 3 home/stadium opener for the Lions in ’02. Strange.

JJ from Cape Coral, FL

Spoff, who do you think could have come back to the NFL after being retired for five years? I was thinking Jim Brown and Barry Sanders.

Valid choices. Brown hung it up at 29 and Sanders at 30. At their position, though, I can’t imagine trying to gear up the body for that kind of duty after five years off.

Brian from Madison, WI

What do you think the ratio of skill to luck is needed for a team to win the Super Bowl? It seems like a lot of luck is needed throughout Josh Donaldson Jersey the season (injuries, the draft, coin toss, ease of schedule, etc.).

For me, it’s more about strokes of good fortune in the postseason, and in the Super Bowl itself. Desmond Bishop’s open-field, shoestring tackle of Michael Vick is the forgotten play that could have changed everything late in that wild-card game in Philly. Joe Flacco and the Ravens will forever have Denver’s Rahim Moore to thank for their title. I’ve said in this space before to just look at the Patriots’ trips to the Super Bowl to see how whimsical it all is. New England lost two Super Bowls on the Tyree and Manningham catches, and won two when the Seahawks and Falcons wouldn’t just hand the ball off. There are several teams every year good enough to win the Super Bowl. The bounces and breaks are always a factor.

Mike from Las Vegas, NV

Do you find it interesting that the last three times the Packers lost in the NFC Championship they would have played the Patriots? Talk about destiny…

The fates have Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey us of both Favre-Brady and Rodgers-Brady Super Bowls. I’m still hoping the latter happens.

Bill from Bloomfield Hills, MI

The Packers have such a unique identity. So do the Steelers, but they changed so much when Noll came it’s like they had no history prior to then. Can you think of other teams whose identity changed so radically and why?

The best recent example I can think of is what Harbaugh did with the 49ers earlier this decade, bringing a storied franchise back to prominence, but with a starkly different identity from the Walsh/Seifert era.

Nate from Amherst, WI

Hi guys, everybody keeps asking about the impact of Martysaurus and Kendricks, and I can’t help but wonder if it also allows Richard Rodgers to be better utilized to his strengths, and what kind of value that might be. Maybe he’s been inconsistent because he’s been asked to do too much. So it almost becomes like adding yet another weapon even though he was already here.

Worth watching for sure, but a player with too narrow a niche becomes easier to game-plan for.

Ben from Hilo, HI

Mike, did Vic steal your lunch while he worked there and you’re merely carrying on the proud tradition with Wes? Or did this cycle of oppression begin with you?

Trust me, I’m going easy on Wes.

Kelly from Kaneohe, HI

Is it plausible that adding Montravius Adams could do more to bolster the pass rush than any of the actual incoming LBs?

He’ll certainly help, but interior pass rush is an acquired skill at this level. The best linemen in college often play tackle, and the weaknesses are generally on the inside. The caliber of pass-blocker an interior rusher is facing goes up exponentially in the NFL. Mike Daniels is one of the best in the league now, but he only had two sacks as a rookie.

Bob from Colby, KS

If the studies are right, then a professional team is NOT economically good for a city (jobs too) and the teams are “blackmailing” the cities to pay for a new stadium on the backs of taxpayers. Are the Packers the exception and why?

Market size. The economic impact of the NFL in a city of 100,000 and “metro area” of a quarter million dwarfs the relative impact in a megalopolis. There’s no comparison.

Matt from East Troy, WI

Spoff, I feel for you missing out on the “Major League” filming at County Stadium. If it’s any consolation, I was there, and still can’t see myself on the movie. My most vivid memories of baseball in my youth were the accomplishments like Nolan Ryan’s 300th win, Paul Molitor’s hitting streak, and Robin Yount’s 3,000th hit. What say you?

I had the chance to drop everything and go to both Ryan’s 300th and Yount’s 3,000th, so I regret those decisions, too, even if they were easier said than done at the time. I’ll never forget listening to the end of Molitor’s streak on the radio. I saw Teddy Higuera come five outs from a no-hitter, and I’ve witnessed three triple plays at MLB games I’ve attended, so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Dan from Madison, AL


Jared from Ucon, ID

What do you think Tom said to Gisele afterwards?

Curious way to phrase the question. Maybe he’ll be inviting her to Belichick’s next media training session.

Stefan from Rock Island, IL

Taking the position of devil’s advocate, could the idea of breaking up the divisions and simply qualifying top six from each conference not only ensure the best teams make the postseason, but also make rivalry games less frequent, perhaps more meaningful?

That hasn’t worked in the NBA or NHL, in my opinion, as far as enhancing, let alone maintaining, any meaningful regular-season rivalries.

Ryan from Hudson, WI

Mike, I know Americans love to see a game finish with a winner and a loser, but a wise old man once said, “Only a sith deals in absolutes.” Let the teams tie and fight another day.

I have no problem with ties as a media member, and I don’t have a problem with ties when I’m watching on TV. If I were paying the average three-figure price for a ticket, though, I think a tie would really bother me.

Eric from Oshkosh, WI

I really dislike the Justin Smoak Jersey Patriots. Not just out of envy because they are successful, but because there always seems to be questionable tactics in their organization. I hardly ever cheer for them. The one exception, when they faced the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. I tried to cheer for the Seahawks because they are in the NFC, but I just could not do it. I think that makes them a rivalry, at least in my mind!

I’m sure you are/were not alone with that sentiment.

Jordan from Orangeburg, SC

My parents own two tickets passed down from my grandfather. In 2003, my family moved to the Deep South but we still have the tickets. Typically we give the tickets to family and friends, but we love having them once a year for a scheduled return to Lambeau. I’m excited for the day the tickets get put in my name, and I’d hate to lose them for selling them occasionally online.

I don’t think anyone, including the Broncos, is advocating for revocation due to an occasional secondary-market dalliance. But I also think it’s disingenuous of the Broncos (or any team) to profit from a league-sponsored ticket exchange and then punish the fans who use it too much. There are no easy answers here for me.

Dylan from Black Brook, WI

Getting to know players is fun but Ryan Goins Canada Day Jersey getting to know coaches is as well. I read James Campen’s bio on and also found an old Ketchman article on him. Guy’s a stud, and I am a big fan. Do you have any stories involving him?

He’s got some great stories about rooming on the road with Tony Mandarich when the No. 2 overall pick was the all-everything rookie. One involved a late-night knock on the hotel-room door from a member of Guns N’ Roses, either Axl or Slash. Maybe both. I can’t remember exactly because I was laughing too hard.

Troy from Minneapolis, MN

If Aaron Rodgers were getting inducted into the Hall of Fame tomorrow, who do you think he would choose to present him?

I’m not big on hypotheticals, so I’ll answer with a hypothetical. If he were to go the non-traditional route, I could see his presenter being a childhood cancer survivor he’s gotten to know through his work with the MACC Fund.

Steve from Menomonee Falls, WI

Regarding the question by Adam from Overseal about veteran background journeys, I was at a charity event for Gift of Adoption Thursday night and heard Ty Montgomery speak about his experience growing up. Truly inspirational how his mother and he changed the lives of so many young kids at risk and to hear him focus more on the Ryan Goins Jersey positive impact his 17 brothers had on him. He will forever be more than just RB1 or No. 88 to me!

That sounds like a good note to finish on. Enjoy the weekend, everybody.



Aaron Jones ready to forge Josh Donaldson Jersey his own path

Packers running back holds strong bond with his twin brother, Alvin

GREEN BAY – Standing in the middle of the Packers’ locker room during rookie orientation, Aaron Jones could only Josh Donaldson Jersey laugh when asked about his new surroundings in Green Bay.

In a span of a week, the 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back went from the all-time leading rusher at the University of Texas-El Paso to a fifth-round pick striving to live his NFL dream with the Packers.

Such a life-changing moment could be daunting for many rookies, but it’s nothing too out of the ordinary for Jones. In many ways, it’s been the story of his life.

Born into a military family, Jones lived in Georgia, Germany, Tennessee (twice) and Virginia (twice) by the time he was a teenager. Each stop required transition, some bigger than others.

However, the one thing that distinguishes Jones’ latest move from the rest is this is the first time his fraternal twin Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey brother, Alvin, isn’t standing beside him.

“Pretty much the hardest thing about deciding whether I wanted to leave early or not (was) leaving my twin brother,” said Aaron, a junior entry into this year’s draft.

The Jones twins began playing sports when they were four years old. It started with soccer, but their interest quickly shifted to football, basketball, and track and field.

The process of switching schools was arduous, but the siblings learned to lean on each other. Regardless of the situation, they always knew they’d have at least one person to sit with in the cafeteria at lunch. That was comforting.

Developing friends came relatively easy, though. Aaron would meet someone and introduce that person to Alvin, and vice versa. A common interest in sports also helped ease any early jitters.


Aaron and Alvin often were the best players on the field wherever the family went. On offense Troy Tulowitzki Jersey, Alvin played quarterback and Aaron receiver, while the two played together at safety on defense. That was the blueprint in grade school.

“I used to try to throw him the ball and get him the ball as much as possible because I knew he was our best player on the field without a doubt,” said Alvin, who’ll be a redshirt senior at UTEP in the fall. “It wasn’t just like it was an offensive thing, it was an all-around thing. We’re always going to have each other’s back.”

Their success went well beyond football. They ran together on a state championship 1,600-meter relay team and started in the backcourt of the Burge High School basketball squad.

The competition between the two was endless. There always had to be a winner. It didn’t matter if it was playing Jose Bautsita Jersey video games, racing to the car or being the first sibling to finish a meal.

“No matter what it was we were always competing,” Aaron said. “I think it’s just gotten me ready for here and the competition I’m in now.”

However, it wasn’t always a given they’d end up playing together in college. While UTEP offered Aaron a scholarship as a junior, injuries sidetracked Alvin’s sophomore and junior seasons and slowed his recruiting process.

Alvin enjoyed a breakout year as senior quarterback, rushing for 950 yards with 20 touchdowns and throwing for another 463 yards. Yet, his only Division I scholarship offer for a while was to play basketball at the University of New Orleans.

The two brothers spent hours inside the high school library, sending out their football film in Russell Martin Jersey hopes of generating interest from teams in Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West and beyond.

Alvin estimates they sent out somewhere between 20 and 25 reels. Texas-San Antonio showed some interest, but it wasn’t until Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler was hired as UTEP’s new head coach that things got serious.

One of Kugler’s first moves after getting the job was to bring the brothers in for a visit. He immediately made his intentions clear.

“We went up there and he said, ‘I want both of you to play for me. Aaron, you can keep your offer and Alvin I’m going to give you an offer,’” Alvin recalled. “I know Aaron was even more excited for me than he was for himself because he had seen everything that I went through, so he was more supportive and happy about it than I was.”


Aaron hit the ground running as a true freshman, rushing for 811 yards and four touchdowns in nine games to earn a place on the Marco Estrada Jersey Conference USA all-freshman team.

Alvin, who started his college career at safety, redshirted that first season. Still, the sibling rivalry was reignited every day on the practice field.

“We had our battles, especially my redshirt year when I was on scout team,” said Alvin with a laugh. “He’d get mad at practice if I hit him and then he’d try to run me over the next time.”

Staying in El Paso had its benefits. Their father, Alvin Sr., didn’t miss a game in four years. Their mother, Vurgess, missed one game during their freshman year but otherwise was in attendance for all the rest the two played in.

Things J.A. Happ Jersey began to improve during their time at UTEP. More area kids started getting Division I offers and the Miners made their first bowl game in four years in 2014, fulfilling a promise Kugler made to the brothers during that initial meeting.

Although Aaron suffered a season-ending foot injury two games into the 2015 season, he rebounded with a dominant redshirt junior campaign. His 1,773 rushing yards in 12 games shattered John Harvey’s 28-year-old program record.

After finishing as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,114 yards in only 35 games, it became apparent Aaron could be drafted if he threw Marcus Stroman Jersey his name in the hat.

If only it were that easy.

“He was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to leave,’” Alvin recalled. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? You better go. Opportunities like this don’t happen all the time and you have to take advantage of them.’ As soon as he found out I was fine with it, his mind was made up.”

With his brother’s blessing, Aaron announced his intention to enter the draft on New Year’s Eve. Four months later, he became the first Miner to be drafted into the NFL in nine years.

The Jones Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey was ready for the moment. After Aaron had an official visit with the Packers at the NFL Scouting Combine, Alvin Sr. made sure to have a hat and T-shirt nearby in case Green Bay called on draft day.

“That Josh Donaldson Women’s Jersey whole day, Aaron was really anxious sitting on the couch,” Alvin said. “I’d be sitting next to him, trying to calm him down. As soon as he got the call, he’s sitting there and he leans over to tell me it’s Green Bay. I tell my dad it was the Packers and my dad goes over and grabs the hat. Then, everybody just started going crazy.”


Things are going pretty well for Alvin these days. A three-year starter, the 5-foot-11, 225-pound linebacker will return for his redshirt senior year next fall after leading the Miners in tackles in each of the past two seasons.

The Packers dismissed the rookies for a week after rookie orientation wrapped up, allowing Aaron to return home for Alvin’s graduation ceremony at UTEP on May 13.

Afterward, he told his twin how proud of him he was.

“And then we talked about football,” Alvin said with a laugh.

For the first time in Aaron’s football career, Alvin won’t be with him on the field this summer and that’s OK. He’s already developed a close friendship with fellow rookie running back Jamaal Williams, a fourth-round pick out of BYU.

The two, who are represented by agent Leigh Steinberg, were introduced to each other at the Super Bowl and have since Ryan Goins Jersey roomed together in Green Bay.

“It definitely helps that we both moved into a new place, we’ve got each other,” Aaron said. “This is my first time being away from my brother, so in turn, I got him. It definitely helps and I’m going to help him out. We’re going to be there for each other.”

While Aaron begins his NFL career, Alvin is already back in the weight room in El Paso preparing for his final year of college football. He now has a bachelor’s degree in communications, but he has larger goals.

One year from now, Alvin hopes to join Aaron in the NFL.

“It’s very weird (but) very exciting,” said Alvin of not having Aaron on campus. “It’s motivation for me to try to get to where he’s at. I’m going out there, trying to do everything right and get better every time I step on the field.”

The brothers are naturally competitive, but they’re also their biggest supporters. As they prepare to play Kevin Pillar Jersey on different teams for the first time in 18 years, Alvin is confident Aaron’s talent will translate to the NFL level.

He reiterates the Packers are getting a hungry running back who isn’t afraid to hit. Alvin should know. He’s been on the receiving end of those collisions since the two were children.

After all, Aaron and Alvin have been teammates for 22 years. The 1,700 miles between El Paso and Green Bay isn’t going to change that.

“He’s so hard to get down and tackle,” Alvin said. “He’s a great receiver. He’s going to catch a lot of people off-guard.

“He’s the total package. He has everything.Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey He’s strong. He’ll put his head down and try to run you over. He’ll stiff-arm you. He’s very fast. He outruns a lot of angles all the time.”

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Mid-June minicamp will also be open, with first training camp practice slated for Thursday, July 27

GREEN BAY — The Packers have announced that three of their OTA practices,
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Open OTA workouts are scheduled for May 23, June 1, and June 6. All of those
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The minicamp is slated for June 13-15, also at Hinkle Field, with an exact
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The Packers also announced that the first training camp practice will be held on
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The verdict is already in: Custom Yankees Jersey Aaron Rodgers was Packers’ best No. 1 pick ever

Hornung, Adderley, Lofton, Robinson follow

As a general rule, I don’t include active players on my High Fives because their place in history might fluctuate before their careers end. But Aaron Rodgers is
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This list doesn’t take into account value based on where someone was taken in the first round or who else might have been available. It’s simply a list of the best players drafted No. 1 by the Packers. Players drafted in the first round who weren’t the team’s No. 1 choice — tight end Ron Kramer in 1957, for example – weren’t considered.

In 2014, when I listed the team’s best draft picks regardless of round, I chose
Personalized New York Yankees Jersey Herb Adderley over Paul Hornung, but the criteria for that list were different.

The toughest call here was choosing among James Lofton, Dave Robinson and Gale Gillingham for the final two spots. The three were comparably great, but
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  1. Aaron Rodgers, QB (2005) – Any talk about the Packers’ greatest player ever should now be a two-name conversation: Brett Favre and Rodgers. I write that with some hesitation not having seen Verne Lewellen, Johnny Blood, Clarke Hinkle and Don Hutson play. Packers players from the 1920s raved about
    Custom Athletics Jersey Lewellen and many players from the 1930s thought Hinkle was the greatest. Blood and Hutson might have introduced the big play to pro football and revolutionized the game. Hutson had unbelievable numbers. Blood played in the pre-stats era, but I’ve read and heard stories about how at age 32 he barely lost a 100-yard race with a 22-year old Hutson in 1935. Bart Starr and six other Pro Football Hall of Famers collected five championship rings during the Lombardi years. Then there was Hornung and Jim Taylor. But considering the importance of the quarterback position today and the reverence with which coaches, teammates and opponents have talked about Favre and Rodgers over the past 25 years, I think they’re in a class by themselves. And Favre isn’t eligible for this list because he wasn’t drafted by the Packers or in the first round.
  2. Paul Hornung, HB (1957) – You’ve maybe read some of the quotes before. Vince Lombardi called him “a great pressure player,” and someone who “may have been the best all-around back ever to play football.” Adderley said: “Vince called him our money player and he was just that. He should have been the first player from our team in the Hall of Fame.” Jerry Kramer said: “He was always the star of our team, even after he stopped being the best player.” Not everyone has agreed over the years, but the consensus among coaches, scouts and players from the Lombardi years seemed to be that Hornung was the team’s key player. Ron Wolf has said he was told the same thing by Packers coaches from the 1960s who were on his scouting staff in Green Bay and other old-timers, as well. Who are we to disagree even if Hornung’s stats don’t translate to today’s game?
  3. Herb Adderley, CB (1961) – Along with Night Train Lane, Jimmy Johnson, Mel Blount, Mike Haynes, Deion Sanders and maybe one or two others, Adderley deserves to be in the discussion about the NFL’s greatest cornerbacks. He was drafted to be a combination right halfback-flanker, a Packers’ version of Lenny Moore, but Adderley showed too much promise on defense and he was moved there before his rookie year was over.
  4. James Lofton, WR (1978) – They might have to build a special wing in Canton for wide receivers who had numbers, but not necessarily Hall of Fame talent. Lofton had both. He played on some terrible offenses when he first joined the Packers and bad defenses for much of his time in Green Bay. Had he found
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  5. Dave Robinson, OLB (1963) – Robinson was big enough (6-3, 245) and fast enough that he probably could be a rush linebacker or maybe even used in third-down coverage in today’s game. But when he played in Phil Bengtson’s conservative 1960s defense, his primary job was to hold the point of attack and nobody did it better. Here are two team stats that speak volumes about Robinson’s contribution. After he had taken over as the Packers’ starting left linebacker in 1965 and his primary responsibility against the pass was to jam the tight end at the line, Hall of Famer John Mackey averaged 2.9 receptions and a mere 26 total yards in eight games against the Packers while fellow Hall of
    Click Here Famer Mike Ditka, in six games from 1965 to 1972, averaged 1.5 catches and 14 total yards per game. Against the run, Robinson’s job was to hold the point and protect his flank. When the Packers won three straight NFL titles from 1965 to 1967, they faced a future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back nine times. Only Gale Sayers in 1967 ran for more than 100 yards against them. Robinson also made three of the biggest plays during that three-year title run: Returning an interception 87 yards in a win-or-be-eliminated showdown against Baltimore in 1965; forcing a last-minute, fourth-down interception in the end zone to preserve victory in the 1966 NFL Championship Game against Dallas; and
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Through the Lens Jose Bautista Youth Jersey Blue Jays Tunnels and traditions

Team photographer Evan Siegle shares how he captured his favorite images of the 2016 season

This edition of “Through the Lens” will be the second-to-last one for the 2017 offseason. After next week, the series will resume at a later date.


I’ve shared several Jose Bautista Jersey tunnel shots before, but this black-and-white image of Clay Matthews is probably my favorite. Shooting these type of images in the tunnel can be tricky due to the spotlights and where the players linger. I never stage photos, so the outcome involves a little luck. There have been times that I wished a player was two feet to the left, or hoped for some other element that didn’t quite pan out in the composition. I like this photo so much because Clay is standing in the perfect spot. The dramatic light highlights his arms and helmet perfectly. I also love the mud sprinkled all over the ground. This photo was taken with a 35mm lens, (ISO 3200, aperture = f1.8, shutter = 1/1000th), in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings.


Lambeau abstracts

The frozen tundra offers so many great photo opportunities during the winter months. I came across this image while Jose Bautista Youth Jersey walking around Lambeau after a fresh snowfall. I love how pristine the snow looks as it rests on the bleachers. The rows of bleachers and splash of color make it a nice abstract image. This image was shot with a 50mm lens (ISO 100, aperture = f2, shutter = 1/8000th).


A Rodgers & Nelson tradition

At the Jose Bautista Canada Day Jersey end of every team warm-up, while the players head back into the locker room before the game, something always takes place between two teammates. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson built a tradition by having a friendly competition on who can spin the football on the ground the longest. It’s a pretty cool ritual to witness. In Jose Bautista Women’s Jersey Week 14, against the Seahawks, Rodgers won the bragging rights. This image was shot with a 135mm lens (ISO 640, aperture = f2, shutter = 1/3200th).



Custom Phillies Jersey Opportunity is what you make of it

The summer will showcase the Packers’ plans for defense

Paul from Ellensburg, WA

Hey fellas, what’s the balance for fans in watching the roster with interest
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Everyone knows my opinion when it comes to young players – be excited, but also realistic. It’s better to keep your expectations modest and be surprised than be let down by rookies being rookies. At the same time, this is an interesting collection of talent the Packers have assembled, particularly at running back.

Maxwell from Milwaukee, WI

Davante Adams was the 101st rated player, so he just missed out on the “Top 100.” What I love about the show is the copious amounts of Mike Daniels’ commentary they are using. I think he has a future on TV.

Daniels has a larger-than-life personality, which I think has been showcased during his few appearances on “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network. He’s passionate but articulates his viewpoint in a way that isn’t just a meaningless hot take. I’ve always felt he and T.J. Lang could do well for television once their careers are over.

Malte from Odense, Denmark

As we know the Packers drafted four defensive players this year. Who do you
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They all fit, but I’m going to put Kevin King at the top of that list after talking with Washington defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake this past week. He said King is perfect for the kind of system Green Bay runs. He’s strong enough to press receivers at the line, can run step-for-step with guys down the field and is versatile enough to move inside if you need him to match up with a tight end.

Joe from Hartford, CT

My question keeps sliding down the board and I think it is at least second-round
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It’s complicated. Technically, I guess the answer to your question is Brandon Burks, a rookie out of Troy in 2016. He survived the cut to 53, but was released the following day after the Packers claimed Jhurrel Pressley. Prior to that, I think it was former Miami (Fla.) defensive end Luther Robinson, who was promoted to the active roster midway through the 2014 season.  

Sean from Saint Peters, MO

There seems to be a lot of talk about King being a rare talent at the position of CB, but yet he wasn’t selected by any team in the first round with several CBs taken before him. Was the CB talent that strong this year?

Yes and it would’ve been stronger if it hadn’t been for Sidney Jones’ torn Achilles. You’re right. King wasn’t a first-rounder, but the league thought enough of him to extend an invite to the draft. He could’ve just as easily

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gone in Round 1 in a redraft.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Wes, over the past week I’ve read several comments that this year’s draft and FA moves received a heavy input from Eliot Wolf and Coach McCarthy. What are your thoughts on this?

I don’t think that’s unusual. Wolf is one of the most respected personnel evaluators in the league and Ted Thompson always has had open lines of communication with McCarthy. Thompson makes the final decision, but he carefully weighs the opinions of his scouts and coaches.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

In an 18-game schedule, does six division games feel like enough? Could they add
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I personally love the balance of a 16-game schedule with 32 teams. Six division games, a round of games against an NFC division, another against an AFC division and two matchups with comparable NFC division opponents. Could something be worked out where you face two comparable AFC opponents whom you’re not facing in the non-common matchup? That’s the only way it would be formulaically fair in my estimation.
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Tom from Raymond, WI

Do some players immediately stick out and show they belong or don’t belong? There have been some highly drafted players that I’ve seen play in August and I thought, man, that was a waste of a draft pick. Conversely, I’ve seen UDFAs look like studs and have good careers. How soon is this apparent to coaches?

That’s one of the most fun things about training camp. For instance, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a guy who looked the part from the beginning. Did he make mistakes at times? Of course, but his athleticism was obvious to even the most casual observer. There also have been times where you can tell early on a rookie draft pick might not be able to play at this level. Sometimes they turn it around and sometimes they don’t.

Tony from Menasha, WI

The topic of Josh Jones and the S/LB hybrid player is interesting to me. The biggest piece returning to my mind is, which player typically defends a tight end? Usually a safety (usually quicker but maybe not as strong of a tackler) or a linebacker (usually slower but can hit harder). With more of the big, athletic, physical tight ends playing (Gronk, Bennett, Graham, etc.), doesn’t a S/LB hybrid make perfect sense?

The Packers now have three different players with unique skillsets – Morgan Burnett, Jones and King – who could potentially line up across from athletic tight ends depending on matchups. I was asked the other day what the starting defense looks like on paper right now. I honestly couldn’t tell
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Matt from Hartford, WI

Five running backs all competing for three spots. How can one distinguish themselves if they are a free agent, the incumbent is 99.9 percent guaranteed to stay, and playing time is difficult to split evenly among just three running backs in preseason?

The same way Kentrell Brice, Geronimo Allison and Marwin Evans distinguished themselves at crowded positions last summer. You have to make the most of your snaps regardless of whether you get 10 or 50. The opportunity is what you make of it.

Steve from Barnhart, MO

A lot of attention has been focused on the replacement of Lang right guard. Seems like there are a number of players to compete for the starting role as well as backup. However, I have not heard the plan for center to back up Linsley should he get injured. Is there a viable replacement on the roster since Tretter has left?

Don Barclay played a lot better at center than people gave him credit for last preseason and was the backup for the first two months of the season when Linsley was out. The Packers also return Jacob Flores on the practice squad. My guess is Kofi Amichia will get a chance to work there, as well.

Ron from Stamping Ground, KY

My question is concerning the trade of Lerentee McCray last year to the Bills for a conditional seventh-round pick. Were the terms of the trade met and did the Packers receive that selection, or do the Bills keep their pick?

I don’t know it for a fact, but my guess is the conditions were met. McCray was on the Bills’ roster all season, recording 16 tackles in 13 regular-season games.

Dave from Lake Zurich, IL

Was Brett Goode released or just not re-signed? Is there a technical or semantic
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Goode became a free agent at the end of the 2016 season. Derek Hart is currently the only long-snapper on the roster, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the door is closed on Goode returning. He was re-signed Week 1 of last year.

Dave from Sparta, WI

JD’s question got me thinking yesterday. When will we see helmet or body cameras incorporated into the game? Plenty of issues on safety, concealing team signals/huddle secrets to get around…but that would sure bring action to my living room!

That seems to be the way things are going. Everyone wants to be closer to the action, whether it’s the information they’re consuming on TV or with handheld devices, like Snapchat.

Andy from Columbus, TX

I do applaud, in a philosophical sense, Coach M. showing a video and expounding on the rich tradition of the Packers. If however, I am a tryout player, I would much rather be spending that time showing off my skills as there is such a small window of opportunity. Have any of the tryout people said as much?

First, tryout players aren’t available to the media because they’re not under contract with the Packers. Second, I don’t think they would mind learning about the organization they’re trying to play for. Third, the video was shown on the first night players were in Green Bay. The on-field work didn’t begin until Friday.

Matt from Kansasville, WI

Just thinking outside the box like my man TT this morning. With the recent guys drafted at D-back I was thinking Mr. Janis would look good on the other side of the ball. He’s got the speed, he is a demon on special teams that can tackle and we all know how the Pack like their projects.

Janis isn’t moving, y’all.

Sean from Eustis, FL

Insiders, I’ve asked before, can you name UFAs we’ve lost over the last six or seven years and the names of compensatory picks we chose?

2017: CB Casey Hayward (RB Aaron Jones)

2016: CB Davon House (LB Blake Martinez), CB Tramon Williams (DE Dean Lowry)

2015: OL Evan Smith (DL Christian Ringo), WR James Jones (TE Kennard Backman)

2014: WR Greg Jennings (TE Richard Rodgers), LB Erik Walden (WR Jared
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2013: DE Matt Flynn (DL Josh Boyd)

2012: Lost seven players (Mike Daniels, Jerron McMillian, Andrew Datko and B.J. Coleman)

Jeff from Arlington, VA

Can a team sign players off another team’s practice squad? Is the original team compensated somehow?

Every player on the practice squad is technically a free agent. They can sign onto the active roster of any team at any time, though many teams will try to keep players by either promoting them to their own 53 or giving them a raise to stay. If a player leaves, the new team must pay that player for at least three weeks.

Michael from Federal Way, WA

Hey Insiders, I read a rumor recently that the Pack could be interested in signing Elvis Dumervil to help build up the pass rush. I immediately thought “sounds
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I despise rumors. Credible reports? Fine, let’s talk, but most of these so-called rumors are just drummed-up content websites used to lure clicks. I’m not a fan.

Scott from Lincoln City, OR

Do you think Julius Peppers believes he has a better shot at getting that elusive Super Bowl ring with the Panthers, or is it always about the money?

I think it’s about finishing where he started. There’s something poetic about coming full circle in an NFL career that’s already spanned 16 seasons.

Richard from Yankton, SD

Do you think it’s possible to have two RBs that go over 1,000 yards in the same season?

I don’t think we’re going to see it anytime soon. Everyone is passing the ball and putting the future of their franchise in the hands of a quarterback. It would take pretty unique circumstances for two running backs to get that many opportunities.

Lester from Plymouth, MN

Hypothetically, if the Packers and Vikings met in the NFC Championship Game played in MN and the Packers won, would they have a “home field” type advantage for the Super Bowl?

Well, they certainly wouldn’t be jet-lagged.

Jeff from Brooklyn, WI

Break out your crystal ball and give us the under/over on 11 wins this season.


Todd from Raleigh, NC

Insiders, of those who were on IR last year, who will make the biggest impact coming off injury this season?

Demetri Goodson is the only player still on the roster out of the seven who finished the season injured reserve. So I guess I’ll go with Meech.

Dan from Houston, TX

What would you be if you weren’t a reporter?

My backup plans were NFL agent or history professor. After getting to know agents over the last five years and understanding the business more, I’d definitely go the history route if this line of work falls through.

Darin from Madisonville, KY

In response to Larry’s question yesterday about the 1-3-7 package, I think it’s important to keep in mind that likely one or two of those guys won’t be available at some point during the season, possibly even the beginning.

I miss Psycho. 1-5-5 for the win, baby.

Michael from Fredonia, WI

Wes, please tell Mike about the greatest cereal ever: mini Frosted Mini-Wheats. His son will thank you.

My wife is a fan. I usually only eat it when I run out of Wheaties.

Mike from Hartland, WI

Wes, Aaron Rodgers is The Dude. Who, on the Packers is Walter? I hate to even ask who, on the Packers, is most like Donny, but it would have to be one of these new punters, right?

Great question. If he were on the team, I’d definitely say Tom Crabtree. Maybe David Bakhtiari?

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Is it true that Monday through Saturday the BAW (Best Available Writer) gives the BAA (Best Available Answer) to the BAQ?

Pretty much. Next writer up.

Matt from Lansing, MI

When I was attending college at UW-Stevens Point I once went to a talk about statistics in sports scheduling. It is crazy the amount of stuff that goes into creating these schedules.

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GREEN BAY – Jamaal Williams tried to keep his emotions in check, but some
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Walking into the Packers’ locker room for the first time last week, it dawned on the rookie fourth-round pick out of Brigham Young that this wasn’t a dream.
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“I felt like a kid,” Williams said. “I still wanted to be professional about it, but I
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This is Williams’ reality now. The 134th player to hear his name called two weeks ago, Williams began his NFL career during last week’s rookie orientation with the Packers.

The 6-foot, 213-pound running back took a different path to the NFL than most of Men’s Authentic Customized St. Louis Cardinals Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap MLB his draft class. Out of the 30 backs who were selected, Williams and Coastal Carolina’s De’Angelo Henderson were the only redshirt seniors of the bunch.

Williams likely would’ve landed in the NFL a year ago if it hadn’t been for an honor code violation at BYU that forced him to sit out the 2015 season. He
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Shortly after being drafted, Williams told Green Bay media on a conference call his decision was based on the loyalty he felt to the program, his only serious Division I offer coming out of Summit High School in Fontana, Calif.

Back in Provo, Utah, Williams’ quarterback, Taysom Hill, was excited for the running back’s eventual return. Members of the same 2012 BYU recruiting class,
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“He’s a loyal guy. I think that’s a great characteristic,” said Hill, who also is in Green Bay this spring after signing with the Packers as a college free agent.

“He’s so loyal. He showed that when he came back to BYU. I don’t know who was talking to him or where he could’ve gone, but I know there would have been opportunities to go elsewhere. It certainly showed us, as his teammates, his loyalty to us and brought us closer together and made everyone want to be
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Williams, who spent his off-year running hills in Scottsdale, Ariz., saved his best for last at BYU. He rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games this past season, with his 286 rushing yards against Toledo last September resetting the school’s single-game rushing record.

In his final game with the Cougars, Williams was responsible for 210 of BYU’s 316 total yards in a 24-21 win over Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl, pushing his school record for career rushing yards to 3,901.

“He deserved everything he achieved there,” Hill said.

The second act of Williams’ football career has taken him to Green Bay, where opportunity is endless. With the release of Christine Michael and Don Jackson last week, Ty Montgomery is the only returning running back on the roster besides fullbacks Aaron Ripkowski and Joe Kerridge, who combined for 35 carries last season.

The other 77 returning attempts belong to Montgomery, the converted receiver to whom Head Coach Mike McCarthy reiterated his commitment as the Packers’
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The rest is up to the room to decide. Along with Williams, the Packers drafted UTEP’s Aaron Jones in the fifth round and Utah State’s Devante Mays in the seventh to help replace departing veterans Eddie Lacy and James Starks.

“It gave us a great opportunity to come in and, all the running backs who are here, show out and do everything they can to get on the field,” Williams said. “It gives us more leeway, more opportunity to get on the field, but I still see it as an opportunity to prove myself to everybody and be able to make myself available.”


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Cliff from Denver, CO

No one messed with a member of the offense while T.J. was on the field and
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I could see any of the four returning starters up front being that guy, when necessary. I think they all deferred to Lang in those instances in the past, but that doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t step forward. I guess I’d peg Bakhtiari and Linsley as the favorites.

Daniel from Appleton, WI

How impactful do you feel that Marshawn Lynch will be for the Raiders this season? Sure seems like a lot of hype with the signing. Again, he is 31 years old and has sat for a full year.

Lynch will be an interesting test case for the 30-plus running back. If he comes back strong, will others in similar circumstances consider taking a year off?

Mike from Merton, WI

Biff, are you kidding me? You haven’t seen “Fletch”?! Sit back, order a nice meal
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And he calls himself a journalist.

Eivind from Nordfjordeid, Norway

How can Geoff Gray be signed as a Packer and drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Men’s Authentic Customized Toronto Blue Jays Home White Stitched MLB Jersey Bombers eight overall? How does this work exactly?

At any point should he decide he’d rather play football in Canada, Winnipeg holds his rights. He’s a valuable player north of the border because as a Canadian, no CFL team would have to use one of its international player exemptions to have him on the team. But he’d still get paid more here if he makes the roster.

Matthew from New Berlin, WI

I love Morgan Burnett. It does seem, however, that a lot of fans are overlooking the fact that the drafting of Josh Jones was in part looking ahead to next offseason.

In part, maybe, but not the primary motivation. Judging by what Mike McCarthy has said this offseason about the safety/linebacker hybrid position and how he wants to employ it more, I think drafting Jones was about finding a player in addition to Burnett who can take on the role. The future will sort itself out.

Joe from Appleton, WI

When a player is brought in under the “tryout” designation, how long are they a part of the team? Does the tryout cover only the rookie orientation, or does it extend into the OTAs as well?

It’s only for rookie orientation. A player has to be on the roster to participate in OTAs.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Mike, with the Packers picking up the fifth-year option for 2018 on HHCD, will the Packers work on a long-term extension this summer/fall, or does this mean it
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I’m not sure. This is the first time the Packers have exercised a fifth-year option. In the past, the only time I can remember contracts being extended with more than one year left were with QBs, so I guess we’ll see.

Joe from Milwaukee, WI

I’m an avid Packer fan but enjoy keeping tabs on other teams. A Bears writer wrote, “Seriously, I don t even remember what it feels like to cover a playoff game.” Makes you appreciate what (we) the Packers have. Just get in and roll the dice.


Connor from Waukesha, WI

I keep on hearing about why “this” guy is not being looked at right now in free agency. Yesterday, I learned a free agent signed after May 12 doesn’t count against a team’s compensatory pick calculation. I would expect these players to be signed pretty quickly after the 12th.

Actually, the cutoff day was yesterday. It’s also possible they’ll land somewhere when injuries hit during OTAs or training camp.

Bob from Rossford, OH

Biff’s answer on replacing Peppers with the aggregate of the players in the room reminded me of “Moneyball.” You don’t find a Jason Giambi under every leaf but if you have enough leaves, you can get the job done. Does this work with every position other than “The Man” at QB?

It doesn’t always “work,” but it’s the most viable approach when replacing a
MLB Hall of Famer, other than a QB. They’re Hall of Famers for a reason.

Theodore from St. Louis, MO

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

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Larry from Yellow Springs, OH

This is the first year in a long time that I’m excited to see our defense. We have so many versatile players to run a multitude of schemes. How likely is it to see a 1-3-7 package with Clinton-Dix, Burnett, Jones, Brice, King, House, and Rollins/Randall all on the field at the same time?

The Packers have employed some seven-DB packages in the past, sparingly. I could see them becoming more common.

JD from Palm Bay, FL

I love watching the clips from the NFL “Top 100” list. The close-up footage and mic’d up sound lets you really understand how violent this sport is on the human body. Regular TV does not do it justice, and I have a ton of respect for these young men who willingly take the field every week. Keep up the great work, Insiders.

TV desensitizes us to the speed and physical nature of the game. It does the same to hockey for me. You get a completely different appreciation for the game when you watch it live and up close.

Ryan from Madison, WI

Spoff, the Inbox has gone off the deep end. Why does everyone want to get rid of Brett Hundley? Why would the Packers move a premier left tackle or right tackle to right guard? Surely they can’t be serious?

They are serious, and don’t call them surely.

Kurt from De Pere, WI

I feel like Spoff missed the mark when answering Josh from Oshkosh. “What do you expect would be some big topics in line for change when negotiations start for the next CBA?” Maybe Spoff is correct about the players’ union negotiating for
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You are right, this is going to be an issue.

Tom from Warwick, NY

If the league ever expands to 18 games, how would you want the two extra opponents chosen? I personally would like to see Tampa Bay from the old NFC Central days every year, with us going down in the fall one year and them coming up in the winter the next year. You know, rekindle the old Battle of the Bays rivalry. And the second opponent would be from the AFC, where a rivalry could be started and when the Packers play their division, they have two games that year. What are your thoughts?

I’d like to see them both come from the other conference, so not every AFC-NFC matchup is seen only once every four years. How to create an equitable rotation I’ll leave to the mathematicians.

Sean from Brodhead, WI

How can anyone say Taysom Hill is “the heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers” or anyone on the current roster for that matter? If we presume Rodgers plays for another six or seven years, which we all hope is true, his eventual replacement won’t be drafted for another 3-6 years, right? If luck goes our way, we won’t be seeing the heir for a long, long time.Women’s Authentic Customized Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day White and Red Jersey.

Works for me.

Bruce from New Canaan, CT

I have to disagree with Wes’s comparison of Charles Woodson’s years in Green Bay making him a HOFer to those of Reggie White. Reggie White was a sure-fire HOFer before he put on the green and gold. Yes, he played wonderfully during his years with the Packers, but he did not need them to make his case for the Hall of Fame.

I would agree, though I think the Ron Wolf-Ted Thompson comparison as far as their highest-impact, free-agent signing is valid.

J-Roc from Idaho Falls, ID

So, any chance we fans ever get to see that rookie orientation/history video? I’ll bet it’s pretty good.

I’m sure it is, too, but I think the wizard will keep that curtain from being pulled.

Jimmy from New Richmond, WI

Spoff, now that I know you are a beer guy, what types of beer do you prefer? I love me some beer, and even though I don’t like coffee at all, some of my favorites are stouts, or more specifically coffee stouts.

I’m not into the really dark stuff. Only once in a great while.

Matthew from Allentown, PA

Three GB Packers have already been named to the NFL Network “Top 100 Players” list. I’m thinking three more Packers will definitely be listed by the end: Rodgers, Nelson, and Bakhtiari. What about Adams, though? He did share the NFL lead in TD receptions. Do you guys think Adams will make the list?

I doubt it, but another step forward this year and we’ll see. The only other one I’m wondering about is Martellus Bennett, but I’ll be honest, in general I don’t give the list much thought.

Matt from Clarkston, MI

If Letuligasenoa makes the team, will his last name be the longest ever written on the back of a Packer jersey? I already feel sorry for the seamstresses’ fingers.

I found only one 13-letter last name on the Packers’ all-time roster – Pete Van Valkenburg (RB, 1974), but the two-part last name is cheating. I did find several 12s: Carl Barzilauskas (DT, 1978-79), Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (DE, 2000-08), Mike Merriweather (LB, 1993), Chet Parlavecchio (LB, 1983), and Steve Pisarkiewicz (QB, 1980). Study up. There’s a spelling test later this week.

Larry from Fairfield, CT

I was told that if a player is brought up from the practice squad for a game and then sent back after, he has to clear waivers. True? Why?

Yes, because practice-squad players are actually free agents whose contracts are different.

Del from Sterling, IL

What would you say are the chances that all three drafted running backs end up on the 53?

Probably not great, but the Packers would love to have a really, really tough decision to make.

Spencer from Monument, CO

Insiders, I understand that each player is their own man with their own personality, but if you were a head coach, would you encourage your players to be stoics that let their play do the talking, or would you want them to do a bit of trash-talking and play some mind games with opposing players?

I’d want my players to be themselves, as long as it wouldn’t hurt the team.

Joe from Dundee, IL

I see that Gutekunst interviewed for the Bills’ GM spot. At this point, do you think the Packers have decided on Eliot Wolf as the GM when TT retires, and this will not be letting him do any more outside GM interviews?

I don’t think the Packers have decided on a definitive succession plan, and this offseason has shown they aren’t going to stand in the way of others’ career aspirations.

Dale from Oaktown, IN

I still love ya Spoff. I don’t care for banana bread.

And I’m not falling for no banana in my tailpipe.

Chris from Sugarland, TX

A topic we aren’t talking about enough – who’s our long snapper?

At the moment, it’s undrafted rookie Derek Hart from James Madison. Veteran Brett Goode is now a street free agent and remains an option.

Brad from Mounds View, MN

Insiders, why would McCarthy anoint Montgomery as the starting running back? In my opinion no one has earned anything yet at that position.

He’s No. 1 on the depth chart now. I didn’t hear McCarthy declare him the starter for Week 1, and I’m sure Montgomery didn’t hear that either.

Josh from Seattle, WA

Per Mike’s BAQ philosophy: What does your question big board look like? Do you ever watch a question slide past Vic and Wes and are surprised it dropped to you?

All the time, but more often, if I’ve set aside 10 questions when it’s not my day, Wes will answer at least half of them. It’s how he gets back at me for stealing his lunch.

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Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Brown County Board of Supervisors Chair Patrick Moynihan and several Vet Center and UW-Extension representatives were on hand for the groundbreaking. Following the groundbreaking, Packers employees, veterans and UW-Extension employees worked together to build the garden as part of the semi-annual Packers Give Back Day, building garden beds, constructing a shed and gazebo, assembling a water tank and compost tumbler and creating a path.

“We are proud to be joining the Vet Center and UW-Extension in this cooperative effort that will touch so many lives in our area,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “It is so important to recognize and give back to those who have served our country, and this garden and the opportunities it offers will provide a therapeutic place for veterans to come together.”

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Rookie second-round draft pick could play multiple roles for Packers

GREEN BAY – It’s almost impossible not to be captivated by Josh Jones’ personality.

One minute, he’s talking about the chip he’ll carry on his shoulder due to all the other safeties drafted before the Packers chose Jones late in the second round, with the 61st overall pick.

He’ll continue with how he expects to make an immediate impact in Green Bay’s defense, and how he plans on going from a 12-game college schedule to a 24-game one as a rookie in the NFL. The only way to do that is to go to the Super Bowl.

There’s a lot wrapped up in those thoughts, first and foremost an outward confidence that no one, in his mind, is going to stop him from being the player he believes he can be.

The next minute, though, he’s discussing admiration for his single-parent mother and the work ethic she instilled in him. How he feels blessed with God-given abilities, how he can’t believe he’ll be learning from Pro Bowler Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and how he was “super nervous” for his first NFL practice in Green Bay’s rookie orientation last week.

A humble undertone accompanies the self-assuredness in a way that could make any new acquaintance root for his proclamations, no matter how bold, to come true.

So, which is Jones’ driving force? Confidence or humility?

If it’s possible to say both, Jones somehow has found the balance. Contradictory? Perhaps, but the best way to put it is Jones is simply comfortable in his own skin.

“I love the game so much, and I would hope that it’s visible when I play,” Jones said in his first face-to-face meeting with Green Bay Packers Custom Jersey media last week. “That’s how I play. I play with a purpose.”

The proper term could be multi-purpose for the Packers, judging by how he was used in that first practice before departing late with a minor cramp.

In addition to working at safety, Jones (6-1, 220) did some position drills with the inside linebackers, and lined up there for some 11-on-11 snaps.

Whether the sub-package is referred to as a “small nickel” or “big dime,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this offseason how much he liked what the defense was able to do with safety Morgan Burnett in that role last season, and he wants to expand on it. In part, that means having more than one player capable of taking on the task.

“In college, I played some linebacker. I played everywhere,” Jones said. “I kind of knew that whatever team drafted me would have some packages for me.”

There’s also curiosity about his coverage abilities in the slot, a la Micah Hyde. Altogether, it would seem the Packers want to groom Jones as another player in a multi-faceted mold.

That’s a lot to throw at a rookie, whose 4.4 speed is attractive as a deep safety and on special teams, too. But Jones took on various roles at North Carolina State, so he’s prepared to absorb a lot right away.

“I’m just Josh Jones,” he said. “I don’t compare myself to Micah Hyde or anybody. I’m my own self. However they want to use me, I’ll be used. I’m a very versatile safety. I can do a lot of things for a Custom Packers Jersey defense. It’s all about taking coaching and doing what they tell you to do.”

It’s easy to envision Jones as a high-impact rookie. He burst on the scene early in college, intercepting four passes as a redshirt freshman, ranking second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and in the school’s freshman record book.

Following a 109-tackle, three-INT season in 2016, he declared for the NFL Draft a year early. He’s genuinely thrilled to be in Green Bay with a chance to play in Dom Capers’ scheme, but seeing eight safeties drafted ahead of him – three in the first round, five in the second – before the Packers came calling didn’t sit well.

“A lot of teams passed on me,” Jones said. “Trust and believe that I will never forget that. Every day that I wake up, every day I come here and come to work, that’s never going to leave my head.”

In the meantime, he wants to get inside the head of Clinton-Dix, a safety he’s admired from afar whom he’ll now get to work with up close.

“I watched Ha Ha, his highlights, before my games last season, so it’s crazy,” Jones said. “You’re actually in the locker room with the guy you used to watch on film before you used to play. It’s exciting.”

So is where personalized Packers jersey Jones’ rookie season, and career for that matter, could be headed.

He has the confidence and the drive. He also has the humility and lack of entitlement. It’s an engaging mix.

Now, it’s up to him to prove he has the game.

“I don’t take a back seat to anybody as far as talent. I’m very confident in my abilities, and what God has blessed me with,” he said. “Going into the draft, when I declared, I knew I was an underdog. I’ve been an underdog my whole life.

“I go by the motto of ‘no handouts.’ I don’t want anything handed to me. I want to work for it.”