Mon. Sep 21st, 2020

He’s going to keep pushing

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He’s going to keep pushing

Luke from Exeter, England

When watching the practices, do you have a particular routine you stick to or do you just go to wherever you fancy on the day? Great column.

Mainly, I’m watching to see the personnel groupings in 11-on-11 work, because it gives you a rather clear look at the coaches’ depth charts. When they’re doing one-on-ones between OL/DL and WR/DB, I’ll definitely watch those. But it’s the competitive 11-on-11 that tells you who’s catching the coaches’ attention.

Stacy from Howards Grove, WI

Why did Savage have his wisdom teeth removed now? I find it hard to believe the Packers did not know about this beforehand, instead of waiting until training camp to have them removed? With everything I have read about him and his tremendous upside, he is missing valuable reps during his rookie training camp.

I don’t know if the tooth issue was something that cropped up unexpectedly, or if the timing of the procedure had to do with a waiting period for his insurance to kick in. I suspect one of the two.

Jake from Schererville, IN

Hey Mike/Wes, have a question regarding former players in journalism/media. How does that go down? In the instance of John Kuhn working with you both as well as Larry, was there first a genuine interest in journalism/media on John’s end, or did the Packers think that he had a great personality and demeanor to be on camera? I think John is doing an awesome job interviewing players and doing more behind-the-scenes stuff with the Packers. I know some players are cut out for it and some aren’t.

When John was playing, I recall him going to both a league-sponsored business school seminar at Wharton and the NFL’s “broadcast boot camp” during different offseasons. He was exploring and preparing for life after football all along. The smart ones always do.

I keep reading Za’Darius can move inside and slide around on the line but nothing about Preston. Is he not able to do it as well?

He could, but he’s not the preferred choice to do so with Za’Darius and Rashan Gary available. Preston’s more valuable versatility lies in coming off the edge and dropping into coverage, but he could attack from the inside if asked.

Jeremiah from South Bend, IN

Mental depletion is not cliché – given all that goes into a 12-hour day of NFL training camp, how hard is the mental compared to the physical side of camp? Do the players ever looked glossy-eyed and brain-cramped after a rigorous meeting?

It’s definitely more of a mental grind now that two-a-days are forever gone. With practice at 10:15 a.m. each day, we’re seeing them at their most energetic, with the bulk of their meetings to come in the afternoon and evening. I would imagine when they head out of here at night to go back to St. Norbert, their eyes and brains are a bit worn out.

I haven’t heard much lately about Josh Jones. Has he been participating in training camp after sitting out OTAs? What are your impressions? After the reports he was seeking a trade, it would be rewarding to see him embrace his role on the team and push for more playing time by earning it on the field.

Jones is getting snaps as the dime DB/hybrid LB with the first-team defense and at safety with the second team. I’d say he’s off to a decent start.

I really like the idea of practicing against another team during camp. I feel that it is a better way to gauge the players’ abilities/growth going against an unfamiliar opponent. I think when you practice against the same people day after day you can discover their weaknesses/tendencies and exploit them to win your one-on-one. Why haven’t more teams jumped on this opportunity, or do you feel it’s only a matter of time before everyone is doing it?

Joint practices are nothing new. They’ve been around for a while. Different coaches have different philosophies as to their utility, and the logistics are a huge challenge regardless. There’s no one way to train a team.

Matthias from Hartford, WI

We keep talking about Jake and Trevor pushing for a roster spot, which ultimately means someone is left to the streets. We will not be cutting DA or MVS most prominently, not EQ, so how is J’Mon Moore doing? Is he starting to emerge as an NFL talent in any way?

If I had to pick DeShone Kizer’s top target through the first five practices, I’d say it’s Moore, and he hauled in a pass from Rodgers when he got some reps with the ones on Tuesday. He’s doing what he needs to so far.

Benjamin from Chicago, IL

The real question for James from Clarkston is… is also blocked?

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