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Thoughts on the Packers’ former GM, plus a pair of players in the top-five discussion

By Wes Hodkiewicz and Mike Spofford

INDIANAPOLIS – Offensive linemen and running backs were the first groups of prospects to meet with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Seattle general manager John Schneider was the last team executive to hold a news conference, and he leads off this edition o Men’s Authentic Custom Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Navy Blue Baseball Jersey f “5 things.”

1. Ted Thompson ‘did it his own way’: Thompson may not have made the trip down to the combine, but the presence of the former Packers GM continues to be felt within the halls of the Indianapolis Convention Center.

For one of his protégés, Seahawks GM John Schneider, this year’s trip to Indianapolis hasn’t been quite the same without Thompson in attendance.

After 13 years as the Packers’ general manager, Thompson moved into a senior advisor role within the personnel department this offseason. New Packers GM Brian Gutekunst told reporters on Tuesday that Thompson had stayed back in Green Bay this week.

While Schneider and Thompson are both offshoots from Ron Wolf’s tree of Custom Rays Jersey  NFL executives, Schneider has been vocal about how much Thompson has influenced him both as a football administrator and individual.

The two shared an NFL personnel department  Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey three times in their careers – under Wolf in Green Bay from 1993-96, with Seattle in 2000 and then again with the Packers from 2005-09 after Thompson was hired as general manager.

Thompson’s stewardship of the franchise ushered in an era of sustained success. His tenure was highlighted by the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV triumph, six NFC North titles and a franchise-record eight consecutive playoff appearances.

Four executives – Schneider, Reggie McKenzie (Oakland), John Dorsey (Kansas City/Cleveland) and Gutekunst – rose to GM roles after holding prominent positions in his front office.

Schneider, a native of De Pere, Wis., got emotional when asked Friday about Thompson’s legacy and the role he played in maintaining the winning tradition Wolf re-established with the Packers during the 1990s.

“Enormous,” said Schneider, stopping to hold back tears. “He’s a special guy and he did it his own way. His personality, his quiet, ethical, great character, high character. We miss him down here, ya know?”

2. Quenton Nelson shows no mercy: The Notre Dame guard, a rare interior offensive lineman rated as a potential top-five overall pick, gave an entertaining description of himself as a blocker.

“My mindset is being dominant,” he said. “I want to dominate all my opponents, take their will away to play each play and take it past the whistle.

“Yeah, I would consider myself a nasty player. I want to play nasty. I play clean, though.”

Nelson said one of his first formal interviews at the combine was with the Packers, but it’s doubtful he’ll still be on the board when Green Bay is on the clock at No. 14 overall. The Packers do have an open starting job at right guard, with veteran Jahri Evans a pending free agent.

Guards don’t carry this type of lofty draft status often. In 2013, North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper was taken seventh overall, and Alabama’s Chance Warmack was chosen three picks later.

In 2015, Iowa’s Brandon Scherff, who played left tackle his entire college career, was chosen No. 5 overall by Washington to play guard from the get-go. Fellow Notre Dame alum Zack Martin, a friend whose advice Nelson appreciates, was taken 16th by Dallas in 2014.

Nelson is confident he deserves to be in the top-five conversation, in part because quarterbacks can have a harder time escaping pressure in their face as opposed to pressure off the edge.

“That’s what I give, is a pocket to step up in,” Nelson said.

“When you look at the guys dominating the NFL – Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox – they’re working the interior guys. You need guys to stop them, and I’m one of those guys.”

3. Saquon Barkley welcomes becoming the key to a rebuilding project: The dynamic Penn State running back, being touted as a potential No. 1 overall pick, would have no qualms about going to a struggling franchise to help turn it around.

“To go to a team like that, that’s had a couple rough years, they might just be a couple pieces away,” Barkley said. “You want to be part of something like that, something bigger than yourself. You want to leave a legacy.”

Barkley certainly did that for the Nittany Lions, compiling over 5,000 yards from scrimmage (3,843 rushing, 1,195 receiving) and 51 touchdowns over three college seasons. At 5-11, he weighed in at 232 pounds at the combine.

“I don’t care if I’m drafted 1, 5, 72 or the last pick,” he said. “I’m going to come in with my head low, ready to work. It’s not going to change me.

“I’ve seen mock this, mock that, but you can’t get caught up in it.”

Young running backs have taken the NFL by storm in recent years, with the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott leading the league in rushing as a rookie in 2016, and the Saints’ Alvin Kamara becoming a huge dual-threat back that helped New Orleans return to the playoffs.

“It gives you confidence. It gives you a lot of confidence,” Barkley said. “Especially a guy like Ezekiel Elliott (from Ohio State). He’s one of the top guys in the league already, and he came from the same conference I come from, the Big Ten. His game was able to translate to the next level, and I hope the same for mine.”

4. It’s a family affair for another Notre Dame prospect: Mike McGlinchey has been getting the question since he was a teenager, so why would the NFL Scouting Combine be any different?

What’s it like to be Matt Ryan’s cousin?

McGlinchey doesn’t mind. It comes with the territory, being raised in a footba Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jersey ll family and having kinship with an NFL MVP quarterback.

A multiple-time captain at Notre Dame, the 6-foot-8, 312-pound tackle prospect said he’s leaned on his cousin for advice throughout the draft process.

“It’s kind of been the ‘Mike McGlinchey, Matt Ryan’s first cousin’ since I was in high school. But I’m very thankful for that,” McGlinchey said.

“Matt has guided me every step of the way, whether he knew it or not. And just watching the way Matt goes about his business, the way that he works, the way that people respect him is something that I’ve always worked for. He’s been my football hero ever since I was a little kid.”

5. Paternal motivation pushes Arkansas center: Frank Ragnow thought long and hard about declaring for the NFL Draft a year ago before tragedy struck his family.

After the Razorbacks’ 52-10 win over Alcorn State back in October 2016, Ragnow was informed his father, Jon, had died of a heart attack. The two had an inseparable bond centered on football, which ultimately led to Ragnow playing out his junior year and then returning to Fayetteville this past season.

“Toughest moment of my life. I think it pushed me,” Ragnow said. “I’ve really had to lean on football and lean on my teammates and things like that. I think I’m just trying to make him proud. Every day I think of how can I make my dad proud?”

Will Custom Rays Jersey  Hernandez ready to follow Aaron Jones’ lead to NFL

Rookie season for Packers RB surprised no one at UTEP

INDIANAPOLIS –Will Hernandez technically is the only member of the University of Texas-El Paso football team attending this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Yet, you probably wouldn’t know based on the influx of texts messages blowing up Hernandez’s phone from former Miner and current Packers running back Aaron Jones.

“He actually just texted me about 30 minutes ago,” said Hernandez, who at 6-foot-2, 327 pounds is considered by many the second-best guard prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft behind Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson.

“I’ve been talking to him ever since I even got here. He gave me some tips, let me know what the process is going to be like a little bit, the mistakes he made and helping me out through the combine process. I’ve had contact with him ever since he left UTEP. I should probably reply to him after this.”

One year ago, Jones was in the same spot Hernandez finds himself in today – proving to hundreds of NFL personnel executives and scouts what small schools outside of the power-five conferences have to offer.

Running behind Hernandez for three years, Jones amassed a school-best 4,114 rushing yards and snapped a 28-year-old record with 1,773 yards during his redshirt junior year.

Jones’ success translated to the NFL. A fifth-round pick in last year’s draft, the 5-foot-9, 208-pound running back rushed for 448 yards and four touchdowns on 81 carries. His 5.5-yard rushing average was second in the NFL to only Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara among backs with at least 75 carries.

A two-time NFL rookie of the week, Jones jumped onto the national radar when he rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ Week 5 win over Dallas. None of Jones’ success came as a surprise to Hernandez or anyone else back on campus.

“Not at all,” Hernandez said. “We all knew at UTEP what he was capable of. We were just waiting for everyone to see it.”

While Jones gained traction in Green Bay’s backfield, the Miners’ first season without their star running back was turbulent. UTEP was the only Division I-A team to go winless, resulting in head coach  Men’s Authentic Personalized Tampa Bay Rayss Home White MLB Jersey Sale Sean Kugler stepping down midway through the season.

Kugler, a UTEP alumnus himself, was a central figure in the lives of both Jones and Hernandez. He was the coach who gave Hernandez a chance in 2013 when every major program in the country passed on him over concerns about his grades.

Hernandez became academically eligible before his senior year at Chaparral (Nev.) High School was over and jumped at the opportunity to play Division I football. He proceeded to start the next 49 games at left guard for the Miners, becoming the first UTEP offensive lineman to ever earn first-team all-conference honors in consecutive seasons.

Even when things went south this past year, Hernandez didn’t quit.

“It was never an option for me to just throw in the towel or just give up on the season because we were losing games,” Hernandez said. “Even though it was the worst feeling ever, I could never live with myself knowing I just gave up. If you’re going to do that, you might as well not even be there.”

Hernandez had an impressive day Thursday at the combine, doing 37 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Comparatively, Nelson – who could turn out to be a top-10 pick – did 35.

Hernandez said he expects to stay in contact with Jones in the lead-up to the draft. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering Jones practically simulcast Hernandez’s Thursday news conference on Twitter, while praising his former teammate.

 After Jones became the first Miner to get drafted since 2008 Men’s Authentic Custom Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Navy Blue Baseball Jersey , Hernandez is excited to follow his former college teamma Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jersey te into the pro ranks. Regardless of where he lands on draft day, Hernandez’s three seasons taught him what it’s like Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey  to block for an NFL-caliber running back.

“Aaron is a great, great running back,” Hernandez said. “He definitely made my job a lot easier. I value him now, espec http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Tampa-Bay-Rays-Jersey ially after he left, it was a little different because now I had to hold the holes a little bit longer and make them a little wider, or stay on my guy for a little bit longer. It did make me a better player, but I for sure miss blocking for that guy.”

Mike McCarthy doesn’t want Packers’ defense ‘feeling like the s Custom Rays Jersey tepchild’

Retooling continues this week in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – Days after making the most significant change to his coaching staff in nine years, Mike McCarthy stepped to the Lambeau Field podium on Jan. 4 and offered a challenge to the Packers’ defense during his season-ending news conference.

“I’m trying to stay away from generalities, but if I wanted to give a philosophical answer, the defense needs to be better than the offense,” McCarthy said. “I mean, that has to happen.”

The statement came in the aftermath of a 7-9 season in which Green Bay’s defense finished 22nd in total yards and 31st in red-zone scoring. It was a disappointing outcome for a unit that appeared in line for a turnaround after a strong start to the season.

McCarthy, acknowledging the need to utilize external resources to renovate the defense, hired Mike Pettine to replace longtime co Men’s Authentic Custom Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Navy Blue Baseball Jersey ordinator Dom Capers.

Pettine’s task is to return Green Bay back to the top of the league like it was during Capers’ first two years in Green Bay. Since then, however, the defense often has taken a backseat to the offense, a perception McCarthy wants to change in 2018.

“It’s got to be a mentality,” McCarthy on Wednesday from the NFL Scouting Combine. “I’m sick and tired of our defense feeling like the stepchild. I mean, how many times do you have to tell them, ‘You’re not the stepchild’?

“That’s a blatant statement, and it’s not a cure-all. But it’s definitely a starting point. So, now, with that, you’ve got to give them the opportunity to be better.”

McCarthy believes there are four aspects to improving a defense: player acquisition, instruction, finance and performance. After McCarthy made wholesale changes to his staff, n Men’s Authentic Personalized Tampa Bay Rayss Home White MLB Jersey Sale ew General Manager Br Custom Rays Jersey ian Gutekunst and his scouts are doing their part this week in Indianapolis, sifting through more than 300 draft hopefuls at the annual combine.

A member of the Packers’ scouting department for more than 20 years, Gutekunst vividly remembers impact defenders on the franchise’s Super Bowl XXXI and XLV teams, and the characteristics th Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey at made those teams champions.

Gutekunst, possessor of 12 picks in this year’s draft, believes the Packers have a nucleus to contend, but understands his role in finding players to complement the likes of Clay Matthews, Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“You have to have a dominant pass rush,” Gutekunst said. “You look at the teams that have been successful, that’s where it starts. The game is getting more and more speed-oriented on the back end. That’s important.

“With the new coaching staff, the communication part is going to have to pick up quickly, because everything’s new. That’s what I have my eyes on right now.”

Multiplicity is a cornerstone of Pettine’s scheme, which has ties to the system Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis ran in Baltimore from 1996-2001. Coincidentally, Lewis’ scheme has roots in Pittsburgh after serving as the Steelers’ linebackers coach under Capers and Dick LeBeau in the mid-1990s.

That’s not to say Pettine’s system will be a carbon copy of Capers’. Pettine has proven to be his own man, coordinating four consecutive top-10 defenses for Rex Ryan’s New York Jets from 2009-12 and then another in Buffalo in 2013.

As Pettine said in his introductory news conference, the age-old debate over 3-4 versus 4-3 base defense has proven obsolete as nickel and dime sub-packages become the norm, a trend that’s directly increased the need for more hybrid players.

The Packers’ most notable defender, six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Matthews, has been the posterchild for that brand of versatility since he was drafted in the first round in 2009.

Elsewhere, Green Bay does have a tough call to make on pending free-agent safety Morgan Burnett, who played every spot in the secondary last season in addition to occasionally serving as a linebacker. Independent of Burnett’s contract situation, both McCarthy and Gutekunst agree elephant rushers and versatile safeties will Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jersey  continue to have a future in Green Bay’s defense.

“You can’t have enough multi-positional players,” McCarthy said. “Morgan definitely is one of our best at that, so to be able to play multiple positions over the course of a year, his communication. You could see the level of efficiency when he’s in there as opposed to when he wasn’t in there.

“You always have schematic challenges from bad matchups. When you have multi-positional players, it obviously eliminates the opportunity to potentially be in a bad matchup.”

McCarthy wants to see immediate improvement in how the defense performs against the league’s top quarterbacks after coming up short against Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan in 2017.

While a more consistent pass rush is the most direct route to making that happen, McCarthy believes the changes made to the coaching structure will help alleviate some of the coverage issues Green Bay experienced this past season.

Change isn’t easy and any structural decision McCarthy makes is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. At the same time, he likes what he’s seen in the first two months of the Pettine Era.

“I’ve always looked at defense in the game of football, they’re a thermostat,” McCarthy said. “They keep the environment consistent. They give you the opportunity to – because there’s days that you may not catch, throw or run it as good – (have) room for error.

“It’s in a better spot to have consistency. And obviously players, scheme, all that factors in too. We need to be more consistent on defense.”

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Karsten from Wayzata, MN

In my opinion, I feel pretty confident with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams at the running back position, so I don’t see any reason to keep Ty Montgomery at RB. So with that said, why not move Montgomery back to slot receiver, where he had some success in the past?

Here’s the thing – all three of the Packers’ running backs were injured at various points last year. They needed all three to navigate through the season. So why are we so anxious to move guys around? I almost wish packers.com could do away with the “Position” next to Montgomery on the website. Look at the player, not the position. He needs to stay healthy, but that versatility is priceless.

Tom from Elkport, IA

Gutenkunst’s first test is whether he extends Rodgers before gaining additional health info. Age and two collarbones suggests caution. Rodgers’ last performance showed he’s not the same guy. Your thoughts?

Rodgers’ last performance? You mean when Rodgers stepped in against a top-10 defense after not playing for two months and the Packers lost by a touchdown? I wouldn’t read too much into that one game. Earlier in the season, he was playing like a legitimate MVP candidate. The Packers know everything there is to know about Rodgers’ collarbones. Based on his offseason work ethic, I’d say there’s little risk in cutting that check for the extension.

Tanner from Tulsa, OK

I’m very excited to see the impact Davante Adams will have next season, as well as Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson‘s production with Rodgers back. What do you think was the best wide receiver corps the Packers have had?

I’d say 2011. That group was special with Jermichael Finley added into the mix.

Walt from Skandia, MI

If the new pass interference rule is 15 yards, that will be the end of the Hail Mary at the end of the game. Of course the game can’t end on a defensive penalty, so maybe you keep taking the 15-yard penalty all the way down the field?

That’s something the league would have to consider. Overall, that would be a big undertaking if the league opts to go that direction. I wonder if it would be smart to roll it out on a trial basis during the preseason like the NFL did with extra points before moving them back to the 15-yard line.

Jeff from Brooklyn, WI

One position I feel is a priority is TE. How should they address the issue? Draft? Free agency? Trade?

Mike McCarthy told reporters Wednesday the Packers need to increase competition at tight end. As I’ve said before, you have to be patient when drafting a tight end because of how long it can take for those players to develop. That’s why free agency and/or re-signing Richard Rodgers make a lot of sense to me.

Mitch from Bettendorf, IA

I am more interested in what Lance Kendricks can do with a full season of Rodgers throwing him the ball and no Bennett taking snaps. Why do we need to look any further?

A full year in the system will help Kendricks, but teams need multiple options at tight end. The Packers played the final two months of the season with only two tight ends. That’s not ideal for a number of reasons. Green Bay’s best teams under McCarthy sometimes had five tight ends on the active roster. I think this could be a good offseason to recharge that position. 

Vinny from Arlington, VA

During the draft, you hear of teams moving up to get a player because they are worried that a team ahead of them is going to take them. How does a team know what another team is thinking or looking to do? How does a team know they need to trade up to draft spot “X” or ahead of a certain team to get a player they covet?

Scouts work the phones like crazy. It’s a massive game of telephone during the three days of the draft. They hear things. I’m not saying it’s always right, but they hear.

Brandon from Fairfield, CA

Do we have any clearer idea of what our old GM Ted Thompson is up to in his new role? What specialized roles do you think Ted could/will serve? If I’m Gutekunst, I tell him, “Fourth round. Lang, Sitton, Bakhtiari, and Daniels, with Blake and Lowry up and coming…help me nail the fourth.”

It almost sounds like Thompson is in a “special projects” type role with how he remains involved in both pro and college scouting. He possesses so many years of institutional knowledge and scouting is his life’s work. This arra Men’s Authentic Personalized Tampa Bay Rayss Home White MLB Jersey Sale ngement bring Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey s Thompson back to his roots. I’m sure he’ll still be glued-in on draft night.

Stephen from Fort Atkinson, WI

When upper management decides to re-sign one of their own, do they take into account the compensatory pick they could get if they let them walk? If so, do they try and bid just enough to let a player walk, but enough that a team has to pay more than 10 figures so that the Packers get a better compensatory pick?

Gutekunst said Wednesday that is a consideration in the lead-up to free agency, but only a small one. The Packers still want to re-sign guys who are going to help them win. It’s just a small consolation if the two sides can’t come to an agreement or the market shoots way out of their range.

Gary from Bear Valley. WI

If Dez caught the ball, would the Packers have taken a knee to end the game?

That’s what I love best about the Dez catch debate – the NFL’s sixth-ranked offense and reigning MVP quarterback had nearly three minutes to respond. Oh well. If it helps the Cowboys sleep better at night, more power to them.

Eric from St Louis, MO

Why not limit pass interference to half the distance to the goal like every other penalty? An end-zone PI on a bomb from midfield puts the ball at the 25.

I like this idea better.

Colin from Tripoi, WI

Guys, I’m starting to wonder if having an all-world QB (and his salary) is the answer in the salary-cap era. I think the Eagles proved that you can win with solid QB play but without the elite QB price tag. If Rodgers goes for it all, I certainly don’t want to hear anyone complaining about the offensive line play. Or any other position for that matter. There simply isn’t enough money left to build a roster.

I don’t see it that way. The NFL cap has grown more than $50 million since I started on the beat in 2012. It’s natural for the price of quarterbacks to increase with it. Plus, if the Packers get a deal with Rodgers done this offseason – as Gutekunst said he hopes to do – that would allow them to spread out the bonus and reduce the cap hit.

Steve from Granger, IN

I was reading questions today about how happy and optimistic the players are for Mike Pettine (i.e., Mike Daniels’ comments). You both were incredibly high on Capers until the end…like the grim reaper hanging onto to death. I know you are in a difficult situation, but you both were very defensive when we were calling for Capers to be replaced. Will you feel hypocritical in supporting Pettine especially if the defense becomes dominant?

Not at all. I’ve said before I’ve always been hesitant to call for people’s jobs because we don’t know all the variables. If you want to do that in the comments section, that’s your right. I believe Capers’ scheme works because it’s proven and Vic Fangio is still having a lot of success with a variant of that zone-blitz in Chicago. But sometimes change is good. Pettine’s arrival seems to have energized the defense much like Capers’ did in 2009.

Mike from St Paul, MN

What is the Packers’ cap situation for 2018, and how much does that play into wanting to get Rodgers’ deal done this year? Do they have the flexibility to frontload the contract through a roster bonus to get Rodgers the money he will command without causing a cap crisis in three years?

I’m going to use Blake Bortles as an example here. I don’t know if many of you have read the reports, but the Jaguars actually managed to lower his cap number for 2018 after signing his extension. That’s t http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Tampa-Bay-Rays-Jersey he difference between signing a player with time remaining on his contract and an unrestricted free agent. I couldn’t give you the slightest idea how the Rodgers’ extension will be structured, but there are ways to make it a win-win for everyone.

Fearn from Rolling Meadows, IL

Is it refreshing to get a younger GM, with a possibly different perspective than his predecessor, or am I just ageist?

It’s probably refreshing for fans to hear a new voice for the first time in more than a decade. However, I despise how much we, as a society, place so much emphasis on age. Who are the 30 under 30, 40 under 40 and 167 over 167? Who cares? Do you love what you do or not? I think Gutekunst is hitting all the right notes so far. He has an affable personality and has seen how having a more visible GM can benefit an organization.

Chuck from Poynette, WI

What drill at the combine is most impressive to watch in person versus televised? Also, which position group would you watch if you could only see one?

Bench press. Seeing someone put up 35 reps at 225 pounds is incredible when I’m reminded of how I nearly ripped every muscle in my arms trying to put up 170 one time. Those linemen rep 225 like it’s nothing.

Steve from Middletown, KY

At the combine, is it easy to really see the truly gifted individuals? Do they just jump out at you or do you really have to watch the competition closely? I’ve read many times that it can be hard to discriminate between guys. Is that why there’s so many misses? Is it that hard to find the guys with the “it” factor?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between what can and can’t be measured. There are players who run easily in the 4.3s and 4.4s, but it doesn’t translate on the field. A lineman can be strong as an ox, but that doesn’t matter if the technique and footwork aren’t up to par. The best look beyond the statistics to see the prospect.

Michael from Cincinnati, OH

Now that Thompson has moved on will the Packers be active in free agency? What about moving up to land one of the top four QBs in the draft, maybe Allen?

A is more likely than B.

Don from Cedar Rapids, IA

It bugs my ears when announcers (e.g. Cris Collinsworth) add an “h” to words like strong, strategy and strength and mispronounce them as “shtrong”, “shtrategy” and “shtrength”. Can you make it stop?

I’ll have my people talk to their people.

Kyle from Spooner, WI

All the h Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jersey ype about QB contracts seems centered on Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. Nobody expects Drew Brees to relocate, but is he not also in line for a significant payday that will impact the QB market?

All eyes are on Cousins, but Brees and A.J. McCarron are two of the biggest wildcards in this year’s free-agent class. I’m sure the Saints re-sign Brees, but at what price? And what will McCarron get once Cousins lands somewhere?

Jason from Winona, MN

Wes, why don’t you like playing defense on Madden? In my opinion, that’s the best part. Interceptions, fumbles, and sacks are always fun to get, and having the lead with a minute left always gets my heart beating.

I didn’t have the patience for it.

Chuck from Milwaukee, WI

Wes! Congratulations! You now have your own mic!

It truly is a new day.

Joseph from East Moline, IL

One time I saw a girl at a bar wearing a Packers T-shirt so I told her I was Wes Hodkiewicz. Except once I started talking I realized I don’t know how to say that last name, so it came out like Ben Stiller saying Favre. Hod…ki…wzzz

It twists the tongue of even the most talented SLPs. 

Dan from Twin Lakes, WI

I’ve got all kinds of new friends now! Thanks, fellas! More seriously, thanks for indulging our silliness at times. You guys do a good job of letting it go far enough but not too far. Enjoy the combine.

It’s been a rough start to the combine for me, beginning with getting gasoline sprayed on me from a leaky hose during a stop on my way to Indy. This post made me smile, though. Here’s to a better Thursday.


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The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will host a Punt, Pass & Paint event for kids and families on Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m.

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Gold package ticket holders now can participate in early entry “Pay as We Play”

The Green Bay Packers today announced plans for a price increase on stadium bowl tickets for the 2018 season, with the price of each preseason ticket increasing by $2 and each regular season ticket increasing by $7.

Invoices sent to season ticket holders this week included a brochure which outlined the new pricing and previewed next season’s home opponents and related events.

“We expect this will place us just below the overall NFL average, the figure we use each year to set our prices,” Murphy said in a letter sent with the brochure. “This structure continues to allow us to provide appropriate revenue to our partners in the NFL and also recognizes the great value our ticket holders receive for a top notch gameday experience at Lambeau Field.”

“Pay as we Play” is again encouraged as a method to pay for playoff tickets, with Gold package holders now included in the early entry program. By registering online for the early entry Pay as we Play option, both Green and Gold package ticket holders can lock in special pricing for a possible Wild Card home game. These special ticket prices, which range from $98 to $123, are lower than their respective regular-season prices.

Green package holders have the first right of refusal on seat locations for the playoffs and are being asked to commit by August in order to allow Gold package holders to participate in the early entry, as well. Gold package holders who register will be placed in a drawing and, if selected, randomly assigned seats not used by  http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Tampa-Bay-Rays-Jersey the Green package holders.

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• End zone seats – $54 for preseason, $109 for regular season (in 2017, prices were $52 for preseason, $102 for regular season).

• South end zone, 700 Level – $59 for preseason, $119 for regular season (in 2017, prices were $57 for preseason, $112 for regular season).

• End zone to the 20‐yard line – $62 for preseason, $122 for regular season (in 2017, prices were $60 for preseason, $115 for regular season).

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INDIANAPOLIS – Over the first two days of the NFL Scouting Combine, most head coaches and general managers around the league met with the media.

Here are a handful of observations from some of the Packers’ NFC rivals.

1. The Vikings aren’t tipping their hand at quarterback: As of now, Minnesota has three QBs headed to free agency – Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum – and there are reports the Vikings will be strong players for Kirk Cousins once free agency begins.

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“Just to make clear, there have been no decisions made,” Vikings GM Rick  Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Jersey Spielman said. “We will continue to evolve this process.”

Head coach Mike Zimmer reiterated the team continues to evaluate all its options, and there are issues to discuss regarding everyone.

“Can Sam stay healthy? Is Teddy what he was? Is Case going to be the guy he was last year, or 2-3 years ago? Those are the $64,000 questions with us,” Zimmer said. “I have a crystal ball, but I didn’t bring it with me.”

Joking aside, Zimmer made it clear he doesn’t want the quarterback decision to compromise the foundation he has built on defense, one of the league’s top-ranked units. He pointed out his team, which has won the NFC North two of the last three years and reached the conference title game last season, is 30-4 when it scores at least 21 points in a game.

“We don’t want to lose the defensive part of the game. Defense keeps the game close,” he said.

“What I don’t want to do is do this one thing (at QB), and have that take away from the rest of the things that have gotten us to this point.

“It’s important for myself and Rick and the organization to pick the right guy for us moving forward. If we don’t, I’ll probably be fired.”

2. It’s easier to find three-down running backs in the draft now: The Packers played a pair of rookie running backs extensively in 2016, and this year the Lions might be the NFC North team going that direction.

As Detroit looks potentially to upgrade its backfield, Lions GM Bob Quinn said there’s less hesitation with playing rookie running backs right away because they come into the NFL with Custom Rays Jersey  more experience in pass protection due to the offenses being run in the college ranks.

“You put on three or four games (to review film) and you can tell if a guy can pass protect, which is critical in this league,” Quinn said.

Quinn didn’t come right out and say Detroit is going to draft a top running back, but Chicago GM Ryan Pace made no bones about wanting to upgrade at receiver for young QB Mitch Trubisky.

“It’s a need position for us,” Pace said.

3. The new Lions head coach also isn’t into age-old questions: It’s not just new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine side-stepping the 4-3 vs. 3-4 question when it comes to defensive scheme.

New Lions head coach Matt Patricia, a former defensive coordinator in New England, isn’t answering it either.

“The 3-4, 4-3 question, I always laugh at that every single time,” Patricia said. “It’s all relative. When you look at the trends on defense, 90 percent isn’t even regular defense, it’s all sub.”

4. The Bears would rather keep things low-key: Asked their feelings on running back Jordan Howard guaranteeing the Bears would make the playoffs in 2018, both Pace and new head coach Matt Nagy liked hearing their young star’s confidence but would rather he keep it to himself.

“The message we’re going to send loud and clear to our guys is that let’s take this step by step,” Nagy said. “Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Let’s understand the process. And let’s do it through our actions, not through our words. And he gets that.

“So, I appreciate his candidness. I appreciate his want to be great. He’s excited. You can’t fault the kid. But let’s just understand where we’re at.”

5. The Falcons don’t see the NFC South getting any easier: Three of the conference’s six playoff teams came from the NFC South in 2017, with champion New Orleans backed up by wild-card entrants Carolina and Atlanta. All three teams finished with double-digit victories in the regular season.

“I sense that again,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. “It’s about the quarterback play, the toughness of the defenses, the way teams play.

“It’s a helluva division. Every week you play division games it’s going to be a battle. You’d better bring it.”

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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.

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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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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.