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GREEN BAY – Throw Safety A on a projector with 79 tackles and three interceptions in 16 regular-season starts, and the numbers anonymously tell the story of a fine season.

Fine isn’t good enough for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, though. The fifth-year safety expects to be better than fine. He wants to be great. He wants to play at a perennial All-Pro level.

More than anything, however, Clinton-Dix wants to be a contributing factor to a defense that will help the Packers win championships. After getting a small taste of Mike Pettine’s scheme this offseason, Clinton-Dix believes the Packers’ new defensive coordinator is the man to help get him to that level.

“I’ll give you two words – likable and learnable,” said Clinton-Dix when asked to describe Pettine’s playbook on Tuesday at the start of offseason workouts.

“I’m excited about this playbook and I look forward to learning as much as I can and maximizing my opportunity.”

Last season didn’t turn out as planned for Clinton-Dix or really anyone on the Packers’ defense. A unit brimming with hope in September was left crawling to the December finish line due to injuries, inconsistency and lapses in communication.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy determined change was needed at the top and installed Pettine as defensive coordinator. Prior to serving as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two years, Pettine fashioned five consecutive top 10 defenses with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills from 2009-13.

Energy often is a term used to describe Pettine and it’s what immediately stood out to Clinton-Dix after meeting his new coordinator, in addition to a digestible playbook that aims to look more complicated to opposing offenses than it is for defenders to implement.

However, the biggest key to Pettine’s success is a relentless devotion to keeping those around him accountable. Muhammad Wilkerson prais Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey ed that approach during Pettine’s tenure in New York and it’s a mentality that sold defensive pass-game coordinator Joe Whitt when joining Pettine’s staff in January.

With Pettine unwilling to take “any mess,” Clinton-Dix is convinced McCarthy found the right guy to turn around Green Bay’s defense, which finished last season 22nd in total defense and 31st in red-zone scoring.

“Everybody has been held accountable,” Clinton-Dix said. “There’s not going to be any loose strings whether you’re a 10-year vet or a rookie. Guys are going to be held accountable and I’m excited about that.”

Clinton-Dix understands Pettine is only one part of the solution. A renewed dedication to communication on the back end also should benefit the whole, with Whitt bringing the cornerbacks and safeties together under one roof.

In the end, however, it’s on the players to rise to the occasion in 2018. Although the ball didn’t always come his way last season, Clinton-Dix has pinpointed areas of his own game he needs to detail to return to the All-Pro level played during a five-interception season in 2016.

“Last year we had to do what was best for the team,” Clinton-Dix said. “I wasn’t involved in a lot, but last year was last year. I didn’t meet the standards I set for myself personally.

“With a guy like me with the high expectations I set for myself, I expect more. I have to work on a lot of things to get better at and I’m excited about it.”

Still a week away from the NFL Draft, the secondary already is poised to look significantly different than it did in 2017. Morgan Burnett is in Pittsburgh. Damarious Randall was traded to Cleveland. Tramon Williams is back after spending three years away from Green Bay.

Wearing Burnett’s flip-flops around the building Tuesday, Clinton-Dix admitted it was emotional not seeing his friend during the start of the offseason program Tuesday, but he hopes to fill leadership void Burnett’s departure created.

A portrait of accountability during his eight seasons with the Packers, Burnett knew the defense better than anyone and never wavere Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey d in his commitment to helping those around him.

“Morgan was a leader I’m definitely going to miss in this locker room, but everything I learned from him I think I’m ready to step into his place and be that guy,” Clinton-Dix said.

The Packers’ safety room has a unique blend of youth and experience with no one older than 25. Yet, Clinton-Dix, 2017 second-round pick Josh Jones, Kentrell Brice, Marwin Evans and Jermaine Whitehead have a combined 10 NFL seasons among them.

Clinton-Dix likes what he’s seen from Jones, who was thrown into the fire at multiple positions during his rookie sea Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap son. Starting seven games and playing 730 defensive snaps, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound safety notched 71 tackles, two sacks and a game-sealing interception against Cleveland in Week 14.

Through the ups and the downs, a short memory is critical for success in the secondary. That message has been passed on to the defense from the top down this offseaso Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey n. Last year was last y Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap ear. All efforts are centered on a turnaround in 2018.

“I think they were definitely pointed out in the team meeting we had this morning by Coach Mike,” said Clinton-Dix. “We’re excited to move forward. Like Coach said, we kicked the rear-view mirror off. We’re looking straight ahead from now on.”

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Veteran cornerback says Packers’ new defense will be “simple, but aggressive”

GREEN BAY – The list of reasons to bring back Tramon Williams was long.

The Packers had a shortage at the cornerback position, after other forays into free agency didn’t work out. He’s a veteran leader for an otherwise mostly young position group. He’s played in a Mike Pettine defense, and he knows – and exemplifies – everything it means to be a Packer.

But however valid those items, they don’t address what really matters most, to both the Packers and Williams.

“I don’t think they would have just signed me if I couldn’t play, you know?” Williams said in his first reunion with the Green Bay media on Tuesday, after three years elsewhere. “The first reason is because I can play still.”

Williams is a marvel in that regard, a 35-year-old still going strong at a position not kind to players his age. Terence Newman just finished his 15th NFL season at age 39 for Minnesota, but Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  he and Williams are exc Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey eptions that don’t resemble the rule.

Having enjoyed a remarkably healthy career, in part due to the lengths he began going many years ago to take care of his body, Williams said he feels great and others have told him he “can do four or five more years, easy.”

That’s a discussion for another day, but in the here and now, Williams is back with the team that gave him a chance a dozen years ago, signing him to the practice squad late in the 2006 season when he didn’t make Houston’s roster as an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech.

After two years in Cleveland and one in Arizona, Williams called it an easy decision to return to Green Bay, for all the reasons already mentioned. He’s perhaps most excited about diving back into Pettine’s playbook, which he characterized as full of change-ups that can keep offenses guessing.

“It’s very aggressive, man,” he said. “You have to be smart. It’s simple but it’s aggressive. There has to be a lot of smart guys on the field. Me being in that defense, I think I can guide some guys and teach some guys what they need to know in this defense. That’s why I think the move made sense.

“They’re going to recognize some things that they already know. But it’s going to be a lot more things that you can adjust to keep the offense off-balance.”

As for his new teammates in the secondary, a few are old acquaintances. His last year in Green Bay, 2014, safety Ha Ha Clinton Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey -Dix and cornerback Demetri Goodson were rookies. Fellow corner Davon House was also here, and like Williams, he has returned after a couple years away.

“It means a lot,” Clinton-Dix said of getting Williams back. “He’s a guy I looked up to when I first came into this locker room. A true pro, a true leader. He’s a guy who carries himself with a lot of energy.”

For now, that energy will be di Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap rected to getting back to another Super Bowl.

Williams was instrumental in the Packers’ run to the 2010 title, with his three interceptions in the first two postseason games going down in franchise lore. His leaping pick in the end zone in the final minute in Philadelphia sealed the wild-card win, and his pick-six on the final play of the first half in Atlanta six days later swung a back-and-forth game Green Bay’s way.

His last play as a Packer is not how he should have gone out, so it’s appropriate he’s back. Russell Wilson’s blitz-beating, perfectly placed pass to Jermaine Kearse for the overtime TD in the 2014 NFC title game was an opportunity the Seahawks shouldn’t have had.

Now it’s Williams with a new and rather unexpected opportunity, and the thoughtful, well-spoken veteran is out to seize it.

“Green and gold runs through my blood,” he said. “To walk off the field on my last play as a Packer getting scored on to go to the Super Bowl, it was a tough way to end it. But God puts you in different situations. I ended up leaving and there was a reason why I left – for me to grow. I feel over these last three years, I’ve grown so much more than I would’ve probably ever done while I was here.

“Now, it’s time for me to come back here and get things in order. I’m up for that challenge. I believe that we will be back in the Big Dance when it’s all said and done. I’m hoping that these guys are here with me and we’re going to get it done Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey .”

Prospect Primer Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey : WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

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Position: WR

Ht.-Wt.: 6-3, 218

School: SMU

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Notable: He played three games with the SMU basketball team as a freshman during the 2015-16 season. As a sophomore in 20 Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey 16, Sutton became the first SMU receiver to earn first-team all-conference honors since Cole Beasley in 2011.

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Name: Roquan Smith

Position: LB

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Dave from Comer, GA

Looking at the photos of 100 years of the Packers I noticed a former player named “Wes Leaper.” How appropriate!

And I officially have a new gamer tag. Good morning!

Brandon from Cavalier, ND

Spoff, I don’t think Rodgers was calling out Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  your article. I think he was using it to call out others. I think he was being sarcastic and was pointing out that you weren’t trying to be click bait but actually did some real reporting. Just a thought.

Rodgers isn’t the only one who can be sarcastic.

Steve from Wichita, KS

With the signing of House do you think that eliminates CB in Round 1? I kind of feel like they may go offense and take a receiver. Someone like D.J. Moore maybe? He seems like an Adams 2.0….Thoughts.

I don’t think the signing of both Tramon Williams and Davon House disqualifies the Packers from taking a cornerback in the first round. I’d be apprehensive taking one in the first roun Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey d for the third time in four years, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Regarding receiver, the general consensus is the best bang for a team’s buck may come in the middle rounds. You never know what’s going to happen, though. Everything is on the table draft night.

Kurt from Frisco, TX

Disappointed in myself for not remembering how entertaining and insightful Tramon Williams can be. Glad he’s back.

One of the best. He’s such a laid-back guy with a thoughtful personality. Williams took the long road to stardom, but enjoyed every moment along the way.

Gary from Sheboygan, WI

Looking at “how the team was built” to see what the breakdown was in the recent five years of drafts (12 D, 14 O). What surprised me was 34 drafted versus 36 free agents.

That’s not too surprising this time of year. Teams only have so many draft picks. There’s no limit to the undrafted and street free agents you can sign.

Vinny from Arlington, VA

Mike and Wes: Do you make your own GB pick predictions for draft day? If so, who has been right more (higher hit rate)?

So far I’ve gotten one first-round pick correct in five tries: Datone Jones (2013). It didn’t surprise me the Packers took Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in 2014, but I predicted Clinton-Dix going to the Jets and Ryan Shazier still being on the board at No. 21. My other picks have been Eddie Goldman (2015), A’Shawn Robinson (2016) and an outside linebacker whose name escapes me in 2017.

Rob from Meriden, CT

I for one am looking forward to the release of the schedule. That will determine if I will be able to attend my first Packers game (@NE or @NYJ). If so, I hope to see you guys there!

You’re not alone. Every year, you can feel the excitement as the schedule release draws near. It means the draft is only a week away and signals the start of a new season. There are great matchups on this year’s slate with traveling to New England, hosting Atlanta and the likely home kickoff to the 100th season.  

Brady from Lodi, WI

Spofford with the Twain reference regarding Jimmy Graham, I love it. Or maybe you meant Star Trek? Mike Hughes, worth trading back into late first round for if he’s still there and we don’t take him the first time around?

The Marshon Lattimore effect should help Denzel Ward get drafted inside the top 10, but it’s hard to make any definitive predictions other than that because of all the questions surrounding the other top corners. There’s depth in the draft, but varying opinions about first-round potential. Hughes’ stock is heavily based on projection since he made stops at North Carolina and Garden City Community College before resurfacing at UCF, but he brings a lot to the party as both a corner and returner.

Stephen from Chicago, IL

Best Available Player. Period. When two players are tied at the top of your board of players left, position need becomes the tiebreaker. Easy enough. My question, when do the Packers sit down and rate their positional needs? I doubt they are wingin’ it during the draft. Who’s leading that discussion or has the biggest amount of input aside from the GM?

Ted Thompson counted on his inner circle of Gutekunst, Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith when making critical decisions on the clock. Your guess is as good as mine as to who will drive those conversations in Gutekunst’s draft room, but I’d imagine the voices of Jon-Eric Sullivan and John Wojciechowski will be louder this year.

Justin from Los Angeles, CA

So with Spoff saying he’s never even been in the draft room, I got curious: What’s the actual security around it? Keypads? Guards? Biometric retina scanners? Or is it just the good ol’ honor system?

It’s a room full of scouts who spent the past year building their board. You don’t need any more security than that.

Jim from Mazeppa, MN

Can’t wait for the draft and see the Gutey era begin. I always thought Ted was able to draft offensive bargains better than defensive bargains. What I mean by “bargain” is the person played at a higher level than their draft position would dictate. Given you’ve forgot more than I’ll ever know, what are your thoughts on this?

I think Mike Daniels, Desmond Bishop, Blake Martinez and Micah Hyde would beg to differ with you on that one. Honestly, I feel like there have been a fair share on both sides of the ball. It’s all based on your perspective.

Jordan from Dallas, TX

You guys have been piling on those that want an every-down back instead of a committee approach but to my recollection, this last year played like we only had one running back on the roster until that guy got injured. It was Montgomery that got 95 percent of the runs, then it was Aaron Jones, then Jamaal Williams. Am I missing something here or are the people just responding to how McCarthy likes to play his running backs?

If someone runs away with the job, they’ll get as many opportunities as they can handle. That’s the way McCarthy has always run the Packers’ offense. He’ll feed the hot hand. He did with Ryan Grant, Eddie Lacy, Ty Montgomery and the young backs on the current roster last year. The only point I’m trying to make is teams need backfield options to navigate a season.

Joseph from East Moline, IL

I think we’d all say ’11 was Rodgers’ best season. Between ’14 and ’16, with awards aside and without solely focusing on stats, which do you think was his second-best season and why?

2014 and not just because Rodgers won his second MVP award. He turned in such a complete performance coming off the broken collarbone. His passer rating was again through the roof and he threw only five picks on 520 attempts. Rodgers set the tone for a Super Bowl-caliber team that year.

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Wes, which receiver has the skill set to challenge 12 in the pregame, end-zone football spin?

We were asking the same question around the office on Wednesday. Those battles between Jordy Nelson and Rodgers were pretty legendary. I don’t know if anyone is up for the challenge. Maybe Randall Cobb?

Jeff from Elk Grove, CA

With Jordy Nelson gone, is there any way the Packers don’t draft Courtland Sutton WR from SMU if available? He has all the makings of a great WR that Rodgers needs.

Sutton might be the best boundary target in this draft. He looks the part of a star receiver at 6-4, 218, and plays physical. He was productive despite less-than-ideal circumstances and could really benefit from a top-level NFL QB. Sutton may not have the explosiveness of a Julio Jones or A.J. Green, but he’s going to make a team’s receiving corps significantly better on draft night. Sutton and Anthony Miller are two completely different receivers, but my two favorites in this year’s class.

Bill from Wilmington, DE

Wes, I believe the Pack needs some Nittany Lions. How about Mike Gesicki in Round 2?

Again, I’ll believe the Packers drafting a tight end in the first or second round when I see it, especially now with Jimmy Graham in the fold.

Stephen from Michigan

What is the status of Jahri Evans?

Unrestricted free agent. He didn’t sign with the Packers last year until April 26, so I wouldn’t be alarmed he’s still on the market. He’s still on the Packers’ radar.

Guilherme from Lins, Brazil

My bold prediction for the draft is that Barkley, Darnold, Allen, Mayfield and Rosen go in the top five (not necessarily in this order), then the Packers trade picks 14 (draft value 1100), 45 (450) and 76 (210) for the Colts’ 6 (1600) and 67 (255), and select Chubb.

I just cannot see Chubb falling far enough for the Packers to get a realistic shot, but never say never. There’s no way the Browns take two quarterbacks. I’ll shave Spoff’s head if that happens.

Keith from Coon Rapids, MN

Living in enemy territory it pays to keep a supply of counter-attack facts in your head. An oldie but a goodie immediately occurred to me when reading your r Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap esponse to Bill from MI. Didn’t only 22 teams pass on drafting Aaron Rodgers?

Correct. The Cowboys picked twice inside the top 24. Boy, that sure came back to bite them. Fortunately, Tony Romo became Tony Romo and they started winning games again.

Ryan from Irvine, CA

Reading the Rodgers article you guys put up and it reminded me of the sack Peppers got on Aaron and how careful he was to not hurt the best QB in Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey  football. Do you have any other good examples/stories of extreme respect between players on opposite sides? I think Jordy not getting blown up when he went down a couple years ago was a great sportsmanship play.

The first game the Packers played against T.J. Lang in November stands out. There were so many players who went to midfield to chop it up with Lang before the game, and the immense respect players, specifically on defense, showed to him after the game was great to watch.

Greg from Ann Arbor, MI

Don’t get me wrong, I think Shaquem Griffin is a wonderful story and a real talent. But knowing how conservative NFL teams can be, I’d be shocked if he heard his name called before Day 3. Am I missing something, though? The NFL has invited Griffin to Dallas for the draft. Does that mean he’s expected to be a first-rounder?

Traditionally. Griffin may very well not get taken until Day 3, but this story is bigger than football.

Patrick from Folly Beach, SC

Do players have to participate in “conditioning” if they have medical issues that are being treated outside the facilities?

Many do since they have bonuses worked into their contract for participation in the offseason program. I know Bryan Bulaga was rehabbing down in Florida the past few months, but reported on Tuesday. It’s a good opportunity to get a feel for where players are in their rehab and recovery.

Mike from Merton, WI

Other than Nick Collins and Jermichael Finley, who are other high draft picks of Ted Thompson’s that had their careers cut short by injury?

Terrence Murphy (second round, 2005), Johnathan Franklin (fourth round, 2013), Jeremy Thompson (fourth, 2008) and you could make a case for Derek Sherrod (first round, 2011). It’s also conceivable Johnny Jolly might have very well been back in 2014 if it hadn’t been for the neck injury.

Jim from Arkdale, WI

During training camp, the team stays at St. Norbert. Where does the team stay for OTAs?

Returning veterans stay at their houses. Most rookies and first-year veterans stay at the team hotel.

Chris from Marshfield, WI

What do you think of Vikings fans who now wear Barr jerseys since the hit on Rodgers? It doesn’t seem right. I don’t think I’d wear it if I were a Vikings fan, and I don’t recall seeing Bears fans wearing Shea McClellin’s when he broke Rodgers’ other collarbone.

To be fair, I don’t recall seeing anyone wearing a Shea McClellin jersey.

Scott from Everett, WA

Wes, one of my uncles jumped ship to be a Bears fan when the Packers fired Mike Sherman. What are your thoughts on bringing him back to the light side?

How does that meme go? If you don’t love me at my (insert old photo here), then you don’t deserve me at my (insert new photo here).

Paul from Purvis, MS

Jermaine Whitehead‘s position is listed as “SAF” WHAT POSITION IS SAF?

Second base.

Phil from Boise, ID

If you all need some click bait for your articles I have a few ideas for you: “25 things Rodgers DIDN’T say in his press conference” or “Rodgers read an article on packers.com, you’ll never believe what he did next.”

These are my favorite: “Ten reasons why the Packers should move on from Aaron Rodgers (and six reasons they should keep him).” Come on aggregators, which is it?

Geoffrey from Rosemount, MN                                            

I’m guessing that shirt Tramon Williams was wearing with the skull and cross weights is not available. I dig it.

We get this question every year. Unless there has been a change in policy, the team’s strength and conditioning shirts aren’t made available for sale.

Bruce from Green Bay, WI

Just an old disabled veteran talking, but I think it would be mega cool to see the Green Bay Packers pull off the old GB sweep against our oldest rival in our 100th season, Da Bears. Best of all if it would work!

That would be one unique way to christen the 100th season. Thank you for your service.

Christopher from Echo Park, CA

Hoddy, if you were to describe the meal the NFL is making out of the schedule release, how would you do it, and what dishes would be included?

Ten courses tossed in your lap at 7 p.m. CT. Eat up.

Zak from Muskego, WI

Dear Wes, I didn’t imagine I’d find Lone Watie in the Inbox. Nice work.

I was trying to get an edge.

Al from Green Bay, WI

Insiders, I’m sensing some “reader fatigue” around the speculation over who will be drafted by the Packers. Understandable. What topic gives you “writer fatigue”?

Here are six players. Which one would you pick?

Nick from Madison, WI

Why did the Packers pick up Mathew Kizer? I heard he is good, but why did they pick him up even though he went 0-16 last season?

I’m not sure. Maybe ask DeShone Spofford in tomorrow’s Inbox.


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GREEN BAY – Any personal disap Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey pointment Aaron Rodgers feels about losing his quarterback coach and favorite receiver is not affecting his desire to sign a contract extension with the Packers.

The two-time MVP didn’t have any specific updates on contract talks as the Packers began offseason workouts on Tu Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey esday, but he reiterated that he still plans to play into his 40s and would like to play his entire career in Green Bay.

“Obviously we’d like to lock something in at some point,” Rodgers said. “The team has made that public knowledge, they’d love to do that. I’ve said many times I’d love to finish my career here. There’s more than mutual interest on both sides.”

The offseason has presented difficult moments, though, as Rodgers’ QB coach, Alex Van Pelt, was not retained, and receiver Jordy Nelson was released.

Rodgers wasn’t happy about either decision, but he did not come across Tuesday as disgruntled, instead referring mu Custom Angels Jersey ltiple times to being “professional” about it all in preparation for a new season. As for being part of conversations about such moves, Rodgers said that’s not a question for him.

“That’s the toughest part about the whole thing, losing guys over the years, the Jordys, the James Jones, the A.J. Hawks, the John Kuhns, Julius Peppers, the guys you get close to,” he said. “Again, those are team decisions.

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Philbin was Green Bay’s offensive coordinator for Rodgers’ first four years as the starting QB (2008-11), culminating in a record-setting season and his first MVP award. Rodgers described Tuesday’s first offensive meeting with Philbin like an exciting trip through a time warp.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun having him back,” Rodgers said. “I smiled walking down the steps into the meeting room this morning as I saw him in the front. Nothing’s really changed. Joe is still Joe.”

Meanwhile Graham could give Rodgers and the offense the big, downfield threat and matchup problem enjoyed previously with tight ends Jermichael Finley and Jared Cook, the type of element that didn’t materialize a year ago as intended with Martellus Bennett.

Rodgers learned of the signing of Graham the same day Nelson was released, making the news “bittersweet,” but he’s excited to see what the veteran Graham brings to the field and the locker room.

“It’s tough losing those guys, but that’s the nature of the business,” he said. “It’s about change, and you have to remember this is a professional environment. It’s going to happen.

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Name: Quinton Flowers

Position: QB

Ht.-Wt.: 5-10, 210

School: South Florida

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Deborah from Myersville, MD

I am a diehard Packers fan who is bored out of my skull by draft discussions. Does this make me a bad person? Cannot WAIT for it to be here and done, so I can read the Insiders’ articles about our new Packers. Thanks for all your hard work, Wes and Mike!

I’ve learned to enjoy the pre-draft process without getting too consumed by it. I think we have a decent idea who might be available when the Packers are on the clock. Now we just wait and see how it unfolds.

Tim from Normal, IL

Mike, I have to ask this. What would Vic’s demeanor have been if two feet of snow fell in April when he was here?

He would have powered through all the stages of grief, but he would have gotten stuck on depression for a while.

Mike from Somerset, WI

Mike, pick one quote from yesterday’s interviews that was most surprising: “I am 6-7 and still run a 4.5,” or, “I have played in the league (12 years) and have never had a surgery.”

I don’t know about surprising, but eye-opening for sure. Both of them.

Scott from Woodland Hills, CA

A two-hour special just to release a schedule? Have we hit analysis overload yet or what?

Just be thankful we still get to announce the schedule in full, all at once. I dread even the remote possibility of a piecemeal approach someday to crank up even more hype.

Dennis from Troon, Scotland

Super excited for Thursday. Last chance for you to do a mock schedule.

Good one.

Tim from Upland, CA

So, Aaron spoke. Much ado about nothing.

I thought he made it pretty clear that he’s not happy with what went down, but it doesn’t affect his desire to play his entire career in Green Bay. I don’t blame him for being upset. He’s entitled to feel that way. But he knows as well as anyone this is a hyper-competitive business, and everyone’s jobs are on the line with every decision made. He understands he has to stay in his lane, even if he’d like to veer out of it at times, like we all do. He’s only human, but it’s how it is.

Ralph from Oklahoma City, OK

Jimmy Graham believes he was part of the best TE draft class. Does the Spoff-clopedia concur?

I don’t have all the lists in front of me, but this one would certainly be difficult to top: Gresham, Gronkowski, Dickson, Moeaki, Graham, Hernandez, Pitta, another Graham (Garrett, from Wisconsin), Quarless.

Louis from Warrington, UK

Considering the click-bait stories out there regarding Aaron’s apparent frustration with the Packers, how surprised would you be if it’s announced that he’s signed a new contract within the next week?

Five years ago, the extension was announced right before the draft started, though this one might not get done as quickly. Rodgers said to him it’s not about who signs when, but it might be to his agent, who could be waiting out the Falcons and Ryan.

Jeff from Green Bay, WI

Wait a minute, I thought players and management didn’t bother to read the Inbox or articles on packers.com…Then AR12 blows up the internet with a tweeted response to Spoff’s article and calls it fake news! How will life go on in the Inbox after such delightful banter between player and journalist? Inquiring minds want to know.

I appreciate Rodgers’ sense of humor and hope he never loses it, especially with how he relates to the media. I would think for a player in his position, it’s almost a requirement to ward off insanity. For me personally, I’d like to think I’ve done a commendable job over the years summarizing and interpreting Rodgers’ words and thoughts to the fans, reading between the lines when appropriate and necessary. That’s my approach to staying in my lane.

Nathan from San Diego, CA

Did you read those articles written by people who were reporting on what they had read in other articles where the reporters were writing about another article where someone reported what some other person thought Aaron Rodgers might be thinking? If you had time to read all of those and then still had time to actually talk to Aaron Rodgers and write an article about what you actually heard him say – well, then, kudos to you!

This was priceless.

Jacob from Glendale, AZ

How is Spoff doing after being called out by Aaron Rodgers on his lack of a “click bait” title?

I reached acceptance rather swiftly.

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Mike, what are your initial impressions of Jimmy Graham?

He strikes me as highly motivated, and pretty jazzed up about being in a McCarthy offense with Rodgers at the helm. I think he’s out to prove the reports of his decline have been greatly exaggerated.

Derrick from Rockaway, NJ

It appears that Rodgers does in fact read some of your articles. His one critique being you don’t use enough click bait. We need flashy titles for the Inbox now.

What’s the real definition of click bait?

David from Cable, WI

Aaron Rodgers’ happiness and comfort level can’t be the priority. The offense needs to be better. No one likes change. But it is needed. Everybody needs to be challenged including him. Now we will see who the true leaders are.

And Rodgers will remain one of them, through and through. I have less than zero doubts about that.

Ric from Longmont, CO

I think some fans are married to the idea of an every-down back because those fans want to know who to draft for their fantasy team.

Of course, but as long as they recognize what’s driving their thought process, that’s OK. What chaps me are the folks who go on play-calling rants that are rooted in their fantasy football interests, and they aren’t willing to admit it.

Evan from Rochester, NY

What ever happened to the pistol offense? Rodgers seemed to be pretty vocal about his enthusiasm when it was all the rage a few years ago. Do you think Philbin brings it back and gives the offense more of a rootin’, tootin’, six-shootin’ look during extreme makeover playbook edition?

The Packers employed the pistol, primarily late in 2014, as a way to help Rodgers navigate his calf injury. It changes some of the timing elements, so I don’t know if there have been, or will be, plans to make it a more regular part of the offense.

Steve from Montclair, NJ

Why do fans insist on determining what positions we should be drafting prior to the draft even starting? Don’t they realize it all depends on who is still on the board at that pick?

That’s what I’ve been trying to stress with virtually any draft speculation.

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Playing with the draft value numbers, here is how Green Bay could get two first-round picks without selling the farm. At 14, our perfect guy is not there, but Baltimore’s is and they are worried Arizona will take their guy. Green Bay moves back two spots and trades their first-, third- and a fourth-round picks (14, 76 and 33) for Baltimore’s first and second picks (16 and 52). Now, Buffalo wants to add picks, so GB trades their two second-round picks (45 and 52) to Buffalo for one of their two first-round picks (21 overall). Green Bay now has two first-round picks, 16 and 21 an Custom Angels Jersey d gets two impact players!

(Sigh. In a Charles Schultz-Peanuts thought bubble.)

Tony from Eau Claire, WI

I read a comment on this site about being two injuries away from lacking depth at any particular position. With that said, aside from QB, I think all teams generally have the same amount of elite-level play out of elite-level players. The perennial powerhouses differentiate themselves at the bottom of their rosters. Thoughts?

I disagree, somewhat. I think the number of elite-level players and their performances swing games, and seasons, more often than not. The top teams are the ones whose elite players stay healthy, and the other contenders are the ones whose bottoms of the roster are strong enough to withstand injuries better than others.

Steve from Siren, WI

With the draft looming ever so close, I hear lots of mention about the Packers’ draft board. Just wondering if you guys know (roughly) how many players they actually have on their board.

This will be the 12th Green Bay draft I’ll have covered in this position, and I’ve yet to set foot in the draft room, let alone get a look at the draft board.

Gary from Sheboygan, WI

Guys, people always talk about how many Super Bowl rings a QB has. Other than QBs, what player has the most Super Bowl rings?

Hall of Famer Charles Haley has five.

Garrett from Hugo, MN

Edge or CB? Neither. Give me R. Smith or T. Edmunds at ILB if available. Why? Because getting pressure on the QB does no good  Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap if he can dump it off to his tailback and gain large chunks of yardage. I think a negative pattern in Capers’ scheme was he became too predictable in all his sub-packages. Draft an ILB who can cover the new breed of pass-catching RBs, put him next to tackle-machine Martinez, and run the base defense. And from my memory of last season, we got shredded on tailback screens. A speedy ILB would improve that, too.

We’ll see what Pettine’s plan is based on the personnel he’s given, but the Packers’ defense on screens – whether to backs to receivers – was a huge sore spot last season. The inability to contain them with some measure of consistency made it feel like opposing offenses could always go to one to seize momentum.

Spencer from Florence, KY

I really don’t understand the thinking of choosing a WR in the first round. With all of the new additions in the NFC North with the Vikings getting “their guy” and the Bears having “their guy” and now he has someone to throw to. I think that we have no option to either go DB or DL. Is there anything that would cause the Packers to choose a WR?

I’m not big on wide receiver fever, but if Ridley is there, Green Bay would at least have to consider him. If he’s there, that could mean a potential Packers defensive target is gone. But I still believe the Packers are going to have their pick of a couple of attractive defensive players.

Courtney from Butte, MT

An offensive player with the ball is touched by a defensive player who is out of bounds. Is the offensive player down?

No.

Jordan from Sturgeon Bay, WI

I have been reading a lot about “Ted Thompson’s best draft picks” and there is a name I never read and it bums me out, Matt Flynn. Seventh-round pick beats out the second-round pick, has most TDs in a game in franchise history and kept our playoff streak alive when Rodgers was lost the first time to a collarbone. I think you should post this rant and show Matt Flynn some love.

Yours is the most polite rant I’ve ever posted. I hope you are no longer bummed out.

Brad from Elmhurst, IL

It’s strange to see Quenton Nelson touted as a potential Hall of Fame guard. If he’s that talented, why don’t they make him a tackle? Lack of size, maybe?

He’s good in both the running game and pass protection, but he’s a road-grader first. Those guys are guards.

Zach from Fort Myers, FL

Insiders, I was thinking about the unique perspective that a career franchise quarterback has. Someone like Favre who had multiple completely different teams built around him over his Green Bay career. Now Rodgers is seeing that type of transition. Does he talk about what it’s like to be one of the few stable spots (amidst) constant turnover?

He talks about it every year, and he did again yesterday. It’s a challenge to relate to young players who were in elementary school when you came into the league. Favre isolated himself from the rest of the locker room in the latter stage Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey s of his tenure in Green Bay. I don’t see Rodgers ever doing that.

Gregg from Forest, MI

Insiders. Note no apostrophe. Help me understand why design specific offensive plays based on player ability. This would allow the defense to narrow their call on how best to stop the play if given player is on the field.

A specific package of plays for a player aren’t the only ones he would run. It’s more of a subset of his overall game, and the defense doesn’t know when it’s being pulled out.

John from Jefferson, WI

Reading about the NCAA allowing fair catches on kickoffs, I felt I ought to mention when I made nearly the identical suggestion to the Inbox a couple weeks ago, I had no clue this was in the works. Chalk it up to being extremely ignorant of NCAA propositions, but I certainly  Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey wasn’t trying to be ironic at the time.

I’d imagine the NFL will watch closely how this rule plays out in the college ranks.

Don from Cedar Rapids, IA

It seems Packers fans’ most intense intra-divisional feelings are directed against either the Vikings (as currently) or the Bears. When was the last time Packers fans felt that way towards the Lions? Might it go all the way back as far as the 1960s or 1970s?

It was definitely there in the ’60s from what I’ve read, but I think the Vikings’ and Bears’ success in the ’70s and ’80s, respectively, swung things those directions, and the Lions haven’t done anything to swing it back. There’s only so much intensity to go around.

Jonnie from Detroit, MI

Hello, Insiders! I have a couple questions about the timing on draft picks. Is there an advantage to announcing your team’s pick earlier when on the clock vs. announcing it in the closing seconds of your team’s time? Historically speaking, do some teams take more of their allotted time than others?

Teams looking to explore any and all trade possibilities will often use the maximum allotted time. But if they have their guy, and there are no trade offers worth considering, they’ll just turn in the pick.

Maximillian from Sydney, Australia

Will there be a “100 years” badge on the players’ jersey this upcoming season?

Yes, the Packers will be wearing a “100 Seasons” patch this year. The last time they regularly wore a team-oriented patch on their jerseys was 2007, for 50 years of Lambeau Field, but that was just for home games. My understanding is the “100 Seasons” patch will be worn for all games in 2018.

Theodore from St. Louis, MO

Mike has Van Halen. Wes, G-Eazy. Who controls the radio in the office?

The interns.

Jim from McLean, VA

Mike, you missed an opportunity yesterday when responding to Herb from Albuquerque by not saying, “Class dismissed…”

You’re right, but it works well for today. Enjoy your Wednesday, everybody.


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GREEN BAY – Tight end Jimmy Graham had several suitors in free agency, but as he pondered his options amidst his desire for a Super Bowl ring, he kept coming back to one thought.

“12’s hungry, and I know how he is, and I know how competitive he is,” Graham said in meeting the Green Bay media for the first time Tuesday, speaking about his new quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. “I want  Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey to ride that wave and try to help him as best I can.”

Rodgers will be the third Pro Bowl quarterback throwing passes to Graham, afte Custom Angels Baseball Jersey r the dynamic tight end’s five seasons with the Saints’ Drew Brees and three with the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.

He’s no stranger to Rodgers, having known him since Graham’s first Pro Bowl, following the 2011 season and Rodgers’ first MVP award.

“He basically got on the bus, gave me the belt and sat down,” Graham joked, making a reference to Rodgers’ title-belt gesture. “That was my first interaction with him, and we’ve been pretty good friends ever since.

“He’s got a great sense of humor, and obviously I’m excited to learn from him. I’m excited to be in the huddle with him and start this learning process.”

That process started Tuesday, the Packers’ first day of offseason workouts, which began Graham’s ninth NFL season. He’s coming off of three statistically disappointing campaigns in Seattle, though he did reach double-digit touchdowns for the fourth time in his career in 2017.

But after four seasons with Brees averaging 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 11½ touchdowns per year from 2011-14, Graham didn’t approach those numbers with the Seahawks. He chalked it up to a different offensive philosophy in Seattle, and a knee injury that cost him the final five games of 2015 didn’t help matters.

But he hasn’t missed a game since and sounded eager to show he can return to his high-impact ways, particularly in a Mike McCarthy offense that has thrived in the past with athletic tight ends such as Jermichael Finley and Jared Cook.

“I’m still 6-7 and can still run a 4.5, so I think so,” Graham said. “Hopefully I can do that here. When my number is called, I’m going to be ready, I can tell you that.

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Learning McCarthy’s reworked playbook and getting on the same page with Rodgers are Graham’s top priorities over the next few months. He knows Rodgers looks for advantageous matchups as much as McCarthy schemes for them, and the first step is “knowing when you are that matchup” in order to capitalize with a big play.

Developing chemistry with Rodgers will be ongoing, and getting underway momentarily.

“It’s all about these days right here, especially when we start catching and running routes,” Graham said. “For me, mainly, it’s about making sure I’ve got the offense down, so he’s got a lot of confidence in me, he knows that I know what’s going on, and we’re kind of in the same steps.

“From there, you basically try not to drop anything ever, and he’ll start liking you.”

All kidding aside, a shot at a championship is Graham’s biggest motivator, and the key reason he chose Green Bay.

He missed New Orleans’ Super Bowl title by one year, joining the Saints as a third-round draf Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap t pick out of Miami in 2010. He then was traded to Seattle in 2015, after the Seahawks’ back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, so the dynamic playmaker has yet to reach the pinnacle of the sport, despite playing with quarterbacks who have.

“For me, it’s about winning a ring, simple as that,” Graham said. “I know this team. I know Aaron’s hungry, I know the coaching staff’s hungry, this franchise is hungry to win one. That was the defining factor for me.”

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This is the second in a series of stories that’s examining the Packers’ roster, position by position, heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. The series continues with the running backs.

GREEN BAY – Last year at this time, the Packers were looking to beef up their running back room.

They did exactly that, drafting three running backs over the final four rounds – BYU’s Jamaal Williams, Texas El-Paso’s Aaron Jones and Utah State’s Devante Mays – to join the returning Ty Montgomery and fullback Aaron Ripkowski on the youngest position group on the team.

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That means running backs are still on the table in this draft, even though the Packers like the young corps they’ve assembled and believe the arrow on each player is pointing up.

With the pounding running backs take, a shortage can happen in a hurry. Green Bay’s 2016 season was a prime example, prompting Montgomery’s transition from receiver.

So while the position is not the acute need it was a year ago, adding another pick from a reportedly deep draft at the position wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

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Montgome Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ry, Williams and Jones have all shown they can produce in the lead role when called upon. Montgomery broke out toward the end of the 2016, while Jones (twice) and Williams (once) each turned in 100-yard rushing performances in different games last year.

All three are working to round out their resumes, though.

Montgomery is the most complete player of the top three but has struggled to stay healthy. Mike McCarthy continues to tout his offensive value as a player who can line up anywhere and make the defense adjust its matchups, but two of his three NFL seasons have been wrecked by injuries.

Williams was the most polished of the rookies in pass protec Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey tion last season, so he started the year as the No. 2, but he’s looking for more big plays. Only one of his 153 carries last season gained more than 14 yards, though he did have three pass receptions of 25-plus.

Jones is the most sudden and explosive of the group, and if he can prove himself more as a pass catcher and pass protector out of the backfield, he could demand the every-down role.

And yet the most powerful runner of them all might be the 230-pound Mays, who struggled in fumbling two of the first three times he was handed the ball as a rookie. If Mays can settle down in Year 2 and find a comfort zone, he’ll push for action.

The extensive depth a year ago relegated Ripkowski to a more traditional fullback role, as he didn’t touch the ball nearly as often (five rushes, seven receptions) as he did in 2016 (34 rushes, nine receptions). But the bearded fan favorite is still there as the ultimate fallback.

The depth of this draft class at running back could lead to a value pick falling into the late rounds who would add even more young competition to Green Bay’s group.

If that happens, it might be difficult to find enough reps to go around, provided everyone stays healthy. Green Bay’s recent history would make that a welcome problem to have.

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