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Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Our secondary is loaded with young first- and second-round draft picks. Shouldn’t it become a strength of the team at some point, if healthy?

I agree. They just need playing time and experience. Damarious Randall played how he’s capable of playing during the final two months of the season and Kevin King is as good a cornerback prospect as there is in this league. It’s just the beginning. With Joe Whitt Jr.’s track record, there’s reason to believe the pass defense can turn things around next season. It happened when fans wanted to rush to judgment on Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde. Patience.

Rick from Bluffton, SC

Other than quarterback, how many top-five picks in the last five drafts are still around? I think that you can build a great team with fewer picks. Would my last five drafts prove me right or wrong?

Well, all of the first five picks from the last five drafts are still around. They aren’t all superstars, but they’re still in the league. There are a few cases where teams with fewer picks have done OK with their draft classes, but can think of more examples where it didn’t work out. Fewer picks mean fewer bites at the apple.

Mike from Fort Wayne, IN

What is the process of assigning value to graded players and who is involved? Is it by committee, scouts, debate, etc.?

The scouts write their own reports on prospects and assign grades. Eliot Wolf once told the story about how his first scouting report was on future Steelers cornerback Chad Scott. He gave him a first-round grade. The GM takes all of the data – and his own analysis – and makes the best decision he can for the franchise.

Chris from Appleton, WI

I know the Packers have this supposed “need” at pass rusher, but I can’t help but be blown away by Leighton Vander Esch. The combination of size and speed (256 pounds with a three-cone under 6.9) is nearly unheard of. I can’t help but think having a linchpin for the defense could do wonders for the pass rush. Am I crazy here?

I know Mike Mayock told reporters at the combine this isn’t a great year for pass rushers, but I’m enamored by several in this year’s draft. There is size in this draft and rushers who know how to use it. Vander Esch (6-4), Sam Hubbard (6-5), Josh Sweat (6-5), Marcus Davenport (6-6), Chad Thomas (6-6) and Arden Key (6-6) all have phenomenal length for “elephant” ends. We still have a long way to go until draft day, but Vander Esch shot onto my radar with his numbers at the combine.

Kyle from Spooner, WI

Amid all this reminiscing about Ted Thompson’s brilliance in moving on from Favre to Rodgers, let’s not forget that the draft pick acquired in the trade with the Jets ultimately helped the Packers acquire Clay Matthews. Picks, not players.

The sliding scal Women’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey e on which round the pick would fall into was a nice touch, as well. And Thompson was able to swing that trade because he had picks to wheel and deal.

Maximillian from Sydney, Australia

Does that 40-time catapult Shaq Griffin into a first-round pick for the draft?

First round, I’m not sure, but it would be an awesome story if it worked out that way. The projections I saw going into the combine had him as a likely third-day selection. I’d imagine these numbers are going to vault him at least into mid-round consideration, if not higher.

Sam from Sussex, WI

What is your take on Lamar Jackson? How successful do you think he can be? What skills must he refine at the next level? For a Heisman winner, he seems to be flying low.

I love him. I think he’s going to go far in this league…as a quarterback. There are some mechanical things he’ll have to work on at the next level, but his speed and arm strength are going to take him far. If I were a GM, he’d be on my board.

Luke from Dorchester, England

If Alex Smith had been taken at No. 24 by the Packers, would they have moved on from Favre for him?

That’s impossible to answer. Sticking with Rodgers was based on what Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy had seen from him in practice for three years. Alex Smith’s first three seasons in San Francisco were affected by playing early and a revolving door of coordinators and coaches.

Mike from Charlotte, NC

We’re all talking about Rodgers as though we know that he’ll make a full recovery. What if he  Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey doesn’t? I gotta think the Packers have a lot of information on him, but until you see him in real and sustained game-time action I think it is foolish to discuss the signing. I am alarmed that they are planning to sign him before that. Aaron Rodgers or not, we’re talking a cap-killing contract. What if those 13 screws take part of that magic away?

I think you’re working yourself into a tizzy, Mike. Step away from the keyboard, put a cold washcloth on your forehead and breathe. Remember when everyone was worried Tom Brady wouldn’t be the same after he tore his ACL in 2008? And then all the mass hysteria when something “went wrong” in his surgery? Rodgers is goin Custom Phillies Jersey Cheap g to be fine. The Packers will have all the information they need before the deal gets done.

Dave from Germantown, TN

How much do the scouts consider the value of playing at a football factory like Alabama, OSU, etc., when evaluating a prospect? The player may be a one-year starter but he was up against four- and five-star recruits and future NFL players for the three or four years at school every day in practice.

It doesn’t hurt. While there are no sure things, NFL teams can get a gauge of a player’s upside from the SEC even if there’s only one season of film.

Jeremy from Green Bay, WI

How much stock do teams put into players that skip their last bowl game? Does it depend on the reasoning or is that viewed as “quitting” on your team?

The player has to do what’s best for the player. I don’t care how it’s viewed. What do you call it when a college coach leaves before a bowl game to take another job?

Joe from Santa Monica, CA

Hypothetically speaking, if Aaron Rodgers were to take a contract before Kirk Cousins, would that then low-ball the amount Cousins would get as a free agent?

I don’t think so. Cousins is an unrestricted free agent. Rodgers is not. Supply and demand.

Stephen from Burleson, TX

Do you guys think if a quarterback is available at 14, would Green Bay consider taking this before the DB?

This is where a writer with less self-awareness would say something crazy like, “I’ll eat my hat if the Packers draft a quarterback at No. 14.” Darin Gantt taught me better than that. Let’s just say I’d be surprised if Gutekunst went with a QB at No. 14. There are greater needs elsewhere.

Mike from Wilsonville, OR

Remembering back to 2005, do you think the Packers will have done enough due diligence on a top quarterback prospect, say Josh Rosen, to seriously consider drafting him if he were unexpectedly to drop to them, as did Aaron Rodgers?

If by due diligence you mean have a grade on Rosen and the other quarterbacks, then yes. I still wouldn’t count on Green Bay taking one that high.

JJ from Cayce, SC

I know I’m biased here but if Hayden Hurst is available in the second round, how do we not take him? He’s older but if we are truly in win-now mode then wouldn’t it make sense to take someone who’s already physically developed for the NFL and could contribute right away?

Being an older prospect doesn’t necessarily mean he’s ready to contribute. Just look at Margus Hunt, Brandon Weeden and Drew Henson. Hurst has great size and base. That being said, Hurst is a solid NFL prospect. His 40 time is going to get him noticed (4.67). Thompson never drafted a tight end earlier than the third round. Is Gutekunst willing?

Scott from Dallas, TX

I know each team is limited to 60 interviews at the combine, but is there a limit on the number of interviews a player can do? I’ve been on some marathon job interviews and I can imagine that it could be quite a beating for some of the top players.

The standard is about 15 minutes, according to several prospects at the combine. Really, it can’t go much longer than that since both the team and player usually have more interviews lined up afterward.

Chai from Evans, GA

When a player signs a franchise tag with a team, then later comes to terms on a contract in the same year, how does the tag count against the cap for the year, and would that contract take the place of the franchise tag? Thanks for keeping me entertained.

Once the tag is signed, the player is locked in at that salary and it serves as a one-year contract (guaranteed for injury). If he later agrees to an extension, teams tack on the extra years and can absorb some of the signing bonus into the existing cap.

Tony from Hershey, PA

How do cash incentives get figured into the cap number? Most contracts include built-in incentives and I was curious how that money was set aside. If a player reaches an incentive, how is that money counted on the team’s cap? If he doesn’t, where does that budgeted money end up?

There is “likely to be earned” and “unlikely to be earned” language worked into every incentive in a contract. Likely to be earned means the player previously accomplished that incentive in the past (snaps played, sacks, Pro Bowl selection, etc.). So that bonus is calculated into his initial cap number. If he doesn’t meet those thresholds, then teams get credit back. Unlikely to be earned means the player has yet to accomplish those feats and it isn’t reflected in the initial number. If he accomplishes it, then it gets added to the cap.

Paul from Milwaukee, WI

There have been a few standout guys at the combine that look like they could be picked in the top 10. For those players, do Packer scouts and coaches who attend the combine spend a lot of time gathering information on guys they have no realistic chance in getting? If a QB or RB is projected to go to a certain team within the first 10 picks, why would the Packer organization spend a ton of resources (interviewing, gathering data, etc…) with that particular player?

The Packers probably will do their research a little more this year picking higher in the draft, but I don’t know if it resulted in them dedicating formal interviews to those players. There are only so many hours in a day in Indianapolis.

Perry from Campbellsport, WI

Do teams still do the Wonderlic test? Also, do some teams take into account how much talent is coming at a certain position in next year’s draft?

Teams don’t do the Wonderlic. The NFL administers it. They have their draft boards for the future, too. Scouting isn’t just a one-year retrospective. It’s constantly monitoring the college ranks for talent. I talked to a couple agents and a scout in Indianapolis who already were talking about where a few prospects will fall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Juan from San Antonio, TX

Ever been to San Antonio? For the combine, we have a dome stadium next to a convention center surrounded by hotels and the Riverwalk with great restaurants a few minutes’ walk from it all. Oh, and right now weather highs in the 70s with nighttime lows in upper 50s. Sound like an option? The NCAA thinks so for multiple Final Fours.

I visited San Antonio in 2011. I absolutely loved it. The Riverwalk is breathtaking. I wouldn’t hold my breath on the combine heading south, though.

Dennis from Naples, FL

Mike, you answered a question about the Combine staying in Indianapolis. I am pretty sure with the new stadium in Los Angeles that the Combine will be moving west for its new home? Prove me wrong.

The NFL doesn’t ask me for my input, but I feel like Indianapolis is perfect spot for the combine. It’s in the heart of the United States and a fair commute for all teams, scouts and prospects. There’s also history to consider. It’s practically an institution. I mean who hasn’t visited “Steak ’n Shake” at 2 a.m.?

Dan from Wausau, WI

More of a comment. I see an interesting situation developing in Minnesota. The alleged pursuit of Cousins suggests a recognition by MN that you cannot win it all without what you perceive to be the “man” under center vs. Zimmer’s philosophy, which is win with defense, ball control and not beating yourself. I don’t think committing to the “man” financially necessarily fits with Zimmer’s philosophy and am curious to see how it plays out.

We don’t know because the Vikings haven’t had “the man” during Zimmer’s tenure. Yes, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum had flashes, but they’ve combined for one Pro Bowl – and it was Bridgewater as a replacement in 2015. I, too, am curious to see how it plays out. Zimmer is right. His legacy will be tied to whatever direction the Vikings take.

Garrett from Texas

Has anyone ever run at the combine with their arms flailing back like in DragonBall Z?

No. Unfortunately, Mike Daniels didn’t run the 40 at the combine in 2012 or otherwise he might have tried.

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Wes, please tell the story about yourself that Larry alluded to in his last “Three Things.”

The one about how I maxed out on the bench press at 170 pounds and only after Mike Atkinson stopped the bar from crushing my larynx?

Adam from Columbia, MD

Maybe Wes will get an extra Coke Zero as part of his next paycheck.

It was waiting for me when I got into the office Monday.

Milan from New York, NY

Mike and Wes: My wife wants to know why you still have your high school yearbook pictures on the Insiders site, when your podcasts show two healthy, wealthy adults.

Wealthy? You sure she’s on the right website?

Jim from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Are you sure the “Three Things” video report with Larry wasn’t two-and-a-half? If Larry was counting on his fingers it wasn’t quite three. It did provide good info and entertainment value as always.

It may be my favorite part of the job.

Mitchell from Edmond, OK

Hey Wes, do you still call Ma Hod every night before bed to tell her goodnight?

No comment.


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GREEN BAY – To no one’s surprise, Jerry Kramer has selected his daughter, Alicia, to be his presenter at his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement this summer.

The former Packers great and the Hall of Fame made the announcement on Wednesday via the Hall’s social media accounts.

In a short video describing the rationale behind his choice, Kramer explained how Alicia came to him about five years ago to spearhead a campaign to resurrect his candidacy.

Kramer’s first reaction?

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“She just wouldn’t quit,” Kramer said. “She kept pushing and pushing and pus hing.

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Kramer had suggested upon being chosen for induction this year that Alicia might be his presenter, and now it’s official.

Kramer was chosen for the Hall’s class of 2018 last month as a senior committee nominee, his 11th time as a finalist overall and first time since being a senior finalist in 1997. His enshrinement will come 50 years after his 1968 retirement, and he’ll be the Packers’ 25th individual inducted in Canton and the 13th of the Vince Lombardi-era Packers, including the legendary coach himself.

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INDIANAPOLIS – When Mike McCarthy spoke roughly a month ago about rebuilding the Packers’ playbook from scratch with his revamped offensive coaching staff, he wasn’t kidding.

“We’ve gone back to the ’06-type format, the first tab, putting the ball in play,” McCarthy said in an extensive media session with several Green Bay beat reporters last week at the NFL Scouting Combine. “This is how we get in the huddle. We are building the playbook from Page 1, which we haven’t done since the early years.”

No one needs a full-scale lesson, of course, in how to huddle up. If there are any changes in which position stands where in the huddle in 2018, it’ll be covered in a quick, 15-second PowerPoint slide sometime before the first OTA in late May.

But the point is the overhaul of the coaching staff combined with more than half of McCarthy’s 12 seasons having come under the rules of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement made this the right time to go back to square one.

McCarthy described how he does four-year retrospective studies on his offense in order to avoid getting stale in the ever-changing NFL, and his third four-year study was a revealing one with two of the seasons (2015 and 2017) being two of the toughest years offensively for his team.

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“I love it,” McCarthy said. “I just love watching tape and the conversations and the history. When you give your coaches the history of the play, they go, ‘OK, it started here. Then it was changed to this.’ It’s all part of answering the why. If you understand the why with more detail, th Customized Philadelphia Phillies Jersey e better you can sell it and teach it to your players.”

The history of the men in the room has plenty to do with it, too. McCarthy reiterated that bringing back Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator was a “no-brainer,” while new passing game coordinator Jim Hostler and quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti have both been offensive coordinators elsewhere in the past.

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“It was time to go back to basics,” McCarthy said. “That’s what we decided to do. It was good for Joe, because there’s a lot of things that had changed since he had left (after 2011). That’s nor Custom Phillies Jersey Cheap mal. You can’t stay the same on what you’re doing. You’ve got to evolve to try to improve.”

What form everything will take come September when Aaron Rodgers begins his second decade as Green Bay’s starting quarterback remains to be seen. McCarthy emphasized he’s not straying from his belief in a system that’s built on concepts with numerous variations. The “new” playbook won’t just be a collection of plays, because it never has been.

One challenge with the limited offseason contact with players is finding the balance between installing the playbook and teaching the fundamentals, which McCarthy continues to tweak.

In the end, the chance to dive in, back to the beginning, has been refreshing for McCarthy after orchestrating the biggest overhaul of his coaching staff in nine years. He admitted he’ll never feel “comfortable” with making changes because of the personal toll it takes on everyone, but he’s done it when his evaluations have dictated it because it’s part of the job.

But now he’s back to the part of the job he loves, and it’s full speed ahead.

“It’s a hard process. You’ve got to take your time,” he said. “It’s been a very difficult couple of months personally, but it’s all football now so I’m enjoying it.”

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The Packers have 12 selections this year

GREEN BAY – The NFL announced Tuesday the official order for this year’s draft, which takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Packers have 12 selections after being awarded four compensatory picks last week and also receiving the Buffalo Bills’ seventh-round pick to complete Custom Phillies Jersey  a trade for Lerentee McCray in August 2016.

Green Bay will pick in the following rounds:

First round, 14th overall

Second round, 45th

Third round, 76th

Fourth round, 114th

Fourth round, 133rd (compensatory)

Fifth round, 150th

Fifth round, 172nd (compensatory)

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Sixth round, 186th

Sixth round, 207th (compensatory)

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Adam from Glens Falls, NY

With regards to Frank from Fox Lake, thank you for posting his comment. We are all looking for that connective thread and you guys do an excellent job fostering that spirit. I often initiate conversation with Packers fans for that very reason. We are all here on this earth today and maybe the Green Bay Packers can help us care a little more about each other. (Can’t say I’ll root for the Cowboys, though.)

Nicely put. Happy Monday, everybody.

Jeff from Greenwood, MN

Mike and Wes, thanks for the detailed combine coverage. Do you think the creation of the combine has made drafting more efficient or are there just as many miscalculations today as there were years ago?

Thanks for reading and watching. There are still just as many misses in terms of projecting whether talent will translate, but what doesn’t throw anyone off as much anymore are medical issues and personality fits. Teams may still take chances in those areas, but they know what they’re getting into. They’re not caught off-guard anymore.

Gary from Davenport, IA

It’s been a strange start to the year with no Packers playoffs and no NCAA bid for the Badgers basketball team. Do you remember the last time that happened? 1993 was the last calendar year in which neither played a postseason game. We have been spoiled.

Sounds like it’s time for the Brewers to fill the void.

Stewy from Terre Haute, IN

When do you think Gutey will make his decisions on some of the veterans with large salaries? Does he need to do that before free agency starts so they can realistically “be aggressive,” or can he sign players that put him over the cap and then release or restructure certain players later?

You can’t get under the cap after the fact, but from everything he said this week, it sounds like the Packers are prepared for a number of different scenarios to do what they want to should the right opportunity come along.

Steve from Granger, IN

Troy Fumagalli reminds me so much of Mark Chmura. I think he will be the best TE and is the most productive as a rookie. Not a speedster but hands of glue and can get open, also can block. I really hope the Packers pick him. Which TE in this draft if available would be your pick?

I think there are several intriguing options – Fumagalli, Gesicki, Hurst, Andrews. The Packers can help themselves with one of many tight ends. You grade them all, assign their values, and then see how the draft falls.

George from North Mankato, MN

Does an offensive lineman’s 40-yard dash time really matter? How often do you find one that far down the field? I would rather watch them push a weighted blocking sled for 10 yards.

The 10-yard split in the 40 is more important for the offensive linemen than the full 40, in my view. It helps measure their explosiveness.

DJ from Bristol, WI

Nick Foles went 5-1 as a starter. His only loss was the season finale against Dallas in which he didn’t even play the whole game and the Eagles had nothing to play for. Against top competition in the postseason he completed 72 percent of his passes, threw eight touchdowns to only one interception, and amassed a whopping 1,166 yards. What about that tells you he couldn’t have taken the Eagles to 13-3 as a full-time starter?

Because it’s a long season, and while Doug Pederson deserves all the credit in the world for making it work, he was able to play dink and dunk with Foles to beat the Falcons before changing course to surprisingly unleash him against the Vikings. Then he had just one game to go and two weeks to prepare against a far less formidable defense. In a 16-game season, before long it’s all on film and there are no more surprises. I’m not saying Foles would have gone 3-13, but 13-3 without Wentz? C’mon.

AJ from Sheboygan Falls, WI

What incentive does Rodgers have to get his deal done before Cousins/Brees? If I were to look into my crystal ball, it would show that Brees will get his first (probably a two-year deal at $24.5M/year) followed by Cousins record-breaking five-year, $149M contract paving the way for Rodgers to get his five-year, $170M deal that will keep him the highest-paid QB until Carson Wentz’s rookie contract expires.

I’m not sure about those specific numbers, but generally speaking, I see it playing out that way, too.

Tom from New York, NY

Why Indianapolis every year? Such a simple and complex question. Why doesn’t the combine move around now like the NFL Draft?

Because far more NFL personnel must be accommodated for a longer period of time, and Indy’s convenient system of interconnected hotels with the convention center and Lucas Oil Stadium all right here, it’s perfect. If they ever move it from Indianapolis, this event would be a nightmare.

Walt from Skandia, MI

Maybe we should be cheering for the Vikings to pick up Cousins. That way their cap space allocation for a quarterback will be in line with what Aaron’s will be for us. Then we will be on a level playing field for signing other players.

Trevor from Hartland, WI, and others expressed similar sentiments. If I read Mike Zimmer’s comments the other day correctly, it doesn’t sound like he wants to break the bank for a QB and jeopardize keeping that defense together. I suspect the Vikings are going to leverage their situation – one game away from the Super Bowl, built to win now – to try to convince Cousins to sign for a little less money than he might get from a team further away. We’ll see if he bites.

Rick from San Francisco, CA

I’ Custom Phillies Jersey ve noticed disclaimers in the Inbox when discussing Foles and to some extent Keenum. Wes replied, “I mean how many times did Case Keenum or Nick Foles falter before becoming the QBs they were last season?” Not “the QBs they are now,” but last season. It seems like there’s a lot of question about whether they took the next step or were just put into the right position for one year. Is that based on their histories, the fact that other teams didn’t have a lot of tape on them with their current teams, or another reason?

I addressed the film aspect with Foles, but anytime a QB’s progression is in fits and starts, and/or takes longer than the norm to get to a certain level, the questions are natural. With guys like that, until they do it consistently, no one really knows.

Max from Milwaukee, WI

Equanimeous St. Brown has to be the best name at the draft. Any other names stick out to you in Indianapolis?

That’s a good one, but if you didn’t see Larry expound on Hercules Mata’afa the other day, check it out.

LeeAnn from Corydon, IN

Wes and Mike, I don’t know how much time you normally spend with Larry but when watching “Three Things” and listening to “Unscripted,” Larry seems to make your jobs more enjoyable. Is that true?


Matt from Waunakee, WI

Hey Mike, did you ever have to dig in against a man who threw in the mid-90s with the yips? Sounds like fun.

Can’t say I did, but once in high school an opposing coach called on his hard-throwing (but slightly wild) reliever to face me in a late-game spot, and as I stepped into the box and made eye contact with the catcher, he mumbled, “Be on your toes, bud.”

Eric from Oshkosh, WI

I would just like to point out that with only two challenges per game, challenging a PI won’t drag the pace down any more than challenging any other call.

Indeed, and as much as I’d like to see some structure or mechanism for challenging significant PIs, I still say it’s a can of worms on reviewing judgment penalties the NFL absolutely does not want to open.

Ben from Burlington, VT

Trying to catch lightning in a bottle is a phrase I’ve heard of. Specifying “Coke bottle” not so much. Are the page views down enough in the offseason that you guys have resorted to integrated product placement in your responses?

Wes is hoping for an extra zero on his next paycheck for that one. I told him not to hold his breath.

David from Groton, CT

Thompson traded Brett Favre. Kraft just traded Jimmy G. Did Thompson trade the correct person whereas Kraft traded the wrong person?

We’ll find out.

Collin from Omaha, NE

Insiders, I’m not in the front office so I’m allowed to make draft picks with my heart, and I would love to see Shaquem Griffin in a Packers jersey. I watched him play like a man possessed against Auburn. He reminds me of Clay Matthe Customized Philadelphia Phillies Jersey ws with his energy and love for the game. Whether Green Bay takes him or not, I’ll be watching his career closely.

A lot of people will. It’s a great story that’s hopefully in the early chapters. He clocked a 4.38 in the 40 on Sunday. Wow.

James from Grover Beach, CA

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What beats Rock? Nothin’ beats Rock.

Richard from Chicago, IL

Put me on the Trey Burton bandwagon with Matt from Des Moines. Trey Burton was stuck behind Zach Ertz on the depth chart, similar to Delanie Walker’s situation in San Francisco. I believe he has untapped potential and would come at a bargain in FA. Add another player in the draft and I think we would all Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey  feel much better about the TE position going into next season. Would you agree?

He might not be the bargain you assume. Free agency can be as unpredictable as the draft.

Mike from Exeter, PA

I’ve seen a few people ask if there’s ever been a PI on a Hail Mary. The 2014 matchup between the Saints and 49ers. Jimmy Graham caught a Hail Mary at the end of regulation but was called for OPI. 49ers won in OT.

There you go.

Adam from Mitchell, SD

Hey guys, when Thompson put all the trust into Rodgers, what were your guys’ thoughts on the move from Favre, and what was the feeling inside the building at that time?

My sense was that McCarthy was fully committed to Rodgers as his quarterback of the future, he knew he was ready, and Thompson trusted his head coach’s judgment. The other factors were Favre’s annual Hamlet routine, which was growing tiresome, and Rodgers’ contract. He was heading into the fourth year of a five-year rookie deal, and if he didn’t become a starter until the final year of that contract, he very well might have played it out and tested free agency. The Packers didn’t want to go down that road on a player in whom they had invested a first-round pick and so much development time. It was a business decision and the right one.

Mike from Somerset, WI

Listening to Brian talk about position groups and players has shown a changing of the guard. Ted would never talk about either. I am trying to imagine Ted’s induction speech into the Packers Hall of Fame. Might that be the first time we ever hear Ted reflect on players and positions?

I seriously doubt it. Why would or should he change? As John Schneider affectionately said, “He did it his own way.”

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Insiders, I don’t think it’s likely that the Packers trade up from 14, but what would it cost them to trade back up into the bottom of the first round? The last time Thompson drafted in a similar spot we got Raji and Matthews after a trade back into the first round.

Most trade charts indicate it would take at least Green Bay’s second- and third-round picks to move back up into the bottom five picks in the first round. When Thompson did it in 2009, he actually gave up more – a second and two thirds (the extra third was from the Favre trade the previous summer) for No. 26 overall and a fifth. That tells you how sure he was about Matthews.

Steve from Wichita, KS

Thompson always seemed to take the “safer” option when it came to players with a high-risk, high-reward tag to them. What are your thoughts with our new GM? Do you sense one way or another if he may gamble more with some of our picks?

No idea, and it could be more circumstantial than philosophical. With 12 picks in his first draft, he might feel it’s worth taking a risk somewhere. We’ll see.

Tim from Menomonie, WI

Whoever wins the coin toss has to say, “I want the back seat, and I’m gonna snore.”

Amen. It’s time to hit the road and come back home.



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Different focus areas are emphasized through the application process each year, and this is the second year of the current three-year grant cycle. In 2019, the focus areas will be animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, health and wellness including drug/alcohol and domestic violence.

Organizations that are classified as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code with a valid IRS Tax ID for a minimum of two years and are located in the state of Wisconsin are eligible to apply for a grant. Organizations may only apply for a grant once during the three-year cycle.

Interested applicants can find out if they are eligible to apply for a grant and complete the application online at

All grant applications received will be reviewed by the Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees, who will finalize the list of grant recipients in November. A public announcement of the grant recipients and the awards luncheon will take place in December on a date to be determined after the football schedule has been released.

Last year, in its annual distribution of funds, the Foundation awarded a record $800,000 to 213 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin. With these disbursements, the Foundation has distributed more than $8.5 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986.

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Marco from Garden City, KS

I may be too late but it’s worth a shot. Back when Vic started this column was when I got a job as a parts man at a truck shop. Needless to say the computer quickly had the Packers site added to the favorites tab. I appreciate what you
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You’re too late, but Vic said he’ll keep reading so here’s hoping he’ll get a peek at this.

Brian from Mather, CA

Mike and Wes, I have no doubt that Vic has left us in very capable hands to cover the exciting season ahead…and hopefully many more. I have no idea where you guys find the energy to keep up with all you do, but I can only imagine it helps to really love what you do (as did Vic). Here’s hoping for a great season for you guys as well as our Pack!

The coffee is brewing. The 2017 season is almost here. It’s a new day. Let’s get started.

Ron from Waukesha, WI

I’m liking how Ted Thompson has rebuilt our defensive line. It starts with Daniels, then add two ascending second-year players in Clark and Lowry, then sign a solid free agent in Francois and finish it with Adams, a third-round draft pick. The arrow is pointing straight up. Should we then expect to see more three-man fronts this year versus the two-man fronts we saw so much of last year?
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I don’t know whether the depth on the defensive line is going to result in more three-man fronts. It’s certainly a possibility. What they are in position to do is have more natural defensive linemen on the field in nickel and dime situations. Dom Capers and Mike Trgovac have a lot of combinations to work with.

Greg from Perkasie, PA

I heard Rodgers, and now Mike, mention home-field advantage for the playoffs as being a critical factor in getting back to the Super Bowl. I understand teams don’t like to play up north in the winter, but it sounds like too much of an excuse to me. Bostick didn’t muff the onside kick because that game was in Seattle, and the Packers didn’t get blown out because the game was in Atlanta. It shouldn’t
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It’s about putting yourself in the best position possible. There’s a big advantage playing in front of your home crowd and not traveling the day before a game. Plus, do you remember what happened before the NFC title game? Fog forced the team to fly out of Milwaukee. The team didn’t arrive at the hotel until like 10 p.m. Was that why the Packers lost the game? No, but there’s a big difference between traveling the day before a game and being at home.

Alex from Indianapolis, IN

Who is the biggest guy, the strongest guy and the fastest guy on Green Bay’s 2017 roster currently?

Martellus Bennett is the tallest, Lane Taylor is listed as the heaviest, Corey Linsley might be the strongest and Trevor Davis probably is the fastest.

Monty from Hazen, ND

Hey guys, less than two weeks until camp starts and wondering what roster battles you are watching closest. I am looking forward to seeing who wins the starting guard spot. Not a sexy spot, but probably the most important.

Jahri Evans appears to be the leader in the clubhouse based on his experience and how well he performed for the Saints last season. The question is who will emerge as that “next man up” inside now that Lane Taylor is a starter. Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy, Kofi Amichia and Lucas Patrick are all in the running.

Ken from Wolcott, CT

I’m hoping the Packers are not thinking about using Jason Spriggs as a starter. I just don’t see him getting that much better than how he was a year ago. I’m sorry, but every time he came in Aaron got hit from that side and he cannot run block also. My question is are we all set with our O-line without him as a starter? Please get back. Thank you.

I’d caution against drawing any conclusions about Spriggs or any other rookie from one season. It took T.J. Lang and Lane Taylor a few seasons before they became bona-fide starters. In Spriggs’ case, he was playing out of position at guard. The Packers are in a good spot with Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari at tackle, but they’re high on Spriggs’ potential. It’s only the beginning.

Norm from Dalton, WI

What are your thoughts on Thursday Night Football? I personally could live without it.

Player safety is No. 1 in my book. I grimace listening to guys talk about the difficulties of getting their bodies right on short rest. At the same time, I’d be lying to you if I told you I didn’t watch it. I see both sides of the argument.

Richard from Santa Ana, CA

Do you think we have enough depth at OLB to withstand an injury to either Perry or Matthews?

Yes. You know why? Because last year at this time everyone was asking if the Packers had enough depth at receiver. Jordy Nelson bounced back in a big way, Davante Adams had a career year and Geronimo Allison made some big plays down the stretch. A few years ago, there was concern about the defensive line and then Mike Daniels developed into an every-down threat. Every young player needs that first opportunity. Kyler Fackrell, Jayrone Elliott, Vince Biegel and Reggie Gilbert are no different. Platform leads to performance.

Lawrence from Onalaska, WI

Randall Cobb was deservingly inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame. What he did for the football program was incredible. Unfortunately, John Wall was also inducted, and he was just a one-year mercenary for the basketball team. Do you have an opinion on college athletes being honored for just one year of performance? To me, it just doesn’t seem right at all.

I’m not a huge fan of the one-and-done rule, but you can’t dismiss what Wall accomplished at UK. Both he and Cobb left a mark on the Kentucky athletic program in their own way.

Adam from Racine, WI

Is it me, or Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale does this dead zone seem worse than ones in years past? There seems to be a lack of controversy right now. No deflate-gate, Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel, or Aaron Hernandez to report on…all we’re getting from most outlets are top 10 something-or-others. Thanks for providing original content with the position summaries.

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Travis from Houston, TX

This past Sunday, I watched “Game of Thrones” on the HBO Now app. It was affordable and super easy to use. How much longer before there is an NFL Now app that lets you stream games? I know the current broadcasting rights are lucrative for the NFL, but the networks wouldn’t agree to them if they weren’t making their money back. Why doesn’t the NFL cut out the middleman? If the league is concerned about viewership, they shouldn’t make it so incredibly difficult/expensive for someone outside of Wisconsin to watch the Packers.

I know it might sound silly, but this is why a lot of sports organizations have looked at the model the WWE developed to create its own network to stream pay per views. I can’t predict the future and I’m not smart enough to tell you all the ins and outs of TV contracts. However, they’re paying attention to your issue. I assure you they’re listening.

Todd from Shawano, WI

Since it’s the “offseason,” have either of you headed up to the Shawano speedway to watch Joe Reuter race his Late Model on a Saturday night?

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see a race this summer. Reuter Racing is on the rise. I need to get there while there’s still room on the bandwagon.

Brett from Merrill, WI

Is there one position that seems to get injured more than others in the NFL? I would guess lineman or running back. Thanks for whatever info you can Josh Donaldson Womens Jersey provide.

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Darin from Madisonville, KY

Spoff’s answer about press box seating got me thinking; what some of the pros/cons of your job that the average person wouldn’t think about? I have Josh Donaldson Jersey to admit I had never thought about looking forward to going to certain stadiums because of the seating/amenities.

I’m not really looking forward to going back to Washington. You’re pinched in the end zone with a narrow view of the field. Buffalo is also tough since you have to walk out of the stadium to get to the locker room. The biggest headache forever will be Candlestick. The press box didn’t connect to the rest of the building, so you had to go down the stands with the exiting fans to get to the locker room. We’re spoiled at Lambeau.

Jacob from Decorah, IA

Wes, I think the Inbox has created a nice meme with the Ty Montgomery number saga. Well done to you, sir. Unfortunately it won’t last much longer since he should be picking his new number soon, right?

The only thing better than these recurring comments are the growing number of people writing into the Inbox asking why they’re being asked. This thing has taken on a life of its own. 

Lucas from Stevens Point, WI

I see the Raiders have picked up John Crockett. I wish him best of luck. To me, he always ran “angry,” which is one of my favorite terms to describe running backs/styles.

I always enjoyed talking with Crockett, who suffered an ill-timed injury at the end of camp last year. It’s a great opportunity for him in Oakland. I wish him well.

Jeff from South Bend, IN

So, how hard do you think Rodgers could throw a dodgeball anyway?

I don’t want to find out. I’m terrible at dodging wrenches.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Wes, what’s more impressive, Roger Federer’s eight Wimbledon titles, Rafa Nadal’s 10 French Opens, or Brady’s five rings?


Lori from Brookfield, WI

Wes, did you weave a gender reveal for your baby into last week’s Q&A? First, there was the subtitle, “Are you ready for the suspense?” Then, to give us a hint about the real meaning of the subtitle, there was a picture of a lot of people wearing green and gold hats. A pink hat and a blue hat stood out among the hat crowd. Boy or girl? Finally, you wrote about hoping to be a good sport at Junior’s Pop Warner football game someday. A boy! Congratulations. Cleverly done.

We try. I now have five months to sell my wife on “Easton” for his first name.

Rob from Louisville, CO

Mike and Wes, with Vic I could always tell when he was writing the column, but I can’t tell you guys apart. Do you have your own trademark styles, or is it like Bucky Badger, where you’re not supposed to know who’s in the suit?

I’m the long-winded one. 

Pat from Marquette, MI

There used to be “Ask Vic” days. Will there be an “Insiders Day” event?

Do you really want to spend a day with me? What would we do? Go to a movie?

Blaine from Bagley, WI

Wes, what did you think of the “Game of Thrones” premiere?

Great. It was the best premiere since Season 2.

Greg from Columbus, MT

“Love is the answer. With love, there are no wars. With love, there are no poor. Commit your life to love, and then, on Sundays in the fall, take a three-hour break to hate.” That is one of my all-time favorite quotes. Not just a favorite Vic quote or football quote. Do you have an all-time favorite quote?

We can’t run from who we are. Our destiny chooses us. RIP Martin Landau (Abe Petrovsky).