Sat. Nov 28th, 2020

It’s a positive first step

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It’s a positive first step

Wes, if you could include one play from the McCarthy era in the new playbook, what would it be?

The shot play. McCarthy’s offense was at its best when Rodgers and the Packers were in position to take those deep shots on second and third down off play-action.

Are Elgton Jenkins and Cole Madison looking like they can both add to our offensive line depth? The NFC North may have the most formidable collection of defensive fronts in the NFL, and we have to play Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit twice every year.

Jenkins has looked really, really good, especially with the snaps he’s taken at center in one-on-one drills over the past few days. Madison is still getting his feet back under him – he put pads on for the first time in 18 months this past week – but the talent is there. I expect Madison to make some big strides over the next few weeks.

Geoffrey from Rosemount, MN

I love when a high-profile receiver signs a contract. It’s a nice reminder of how well the Packers did getting Adams’ deal done.

And David Bakhtiari’s…and Corey Linsley’s…and Jordy Nelson’s…and Tramon Williams’…and the list goes on. The Packers have been one of the best at taking care of their own.

Lennard from Kolding, Denmark

I saw on the “social media reactions” article that Montravius Adams had a belt and Aaron Jones had a belt. I can remember from last year that either D or O won the belt on that particular day if I am not mistaking. Is that something new with those belts or am I just not paying enough attention?

According to our social-media guru Ryan Hartwig, Adams and Jones were given those belts from fans on the way down to practice. The belts weren’t brought to the field like last year when Bakhtiari and Daniels were battling it out.

DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle, and Manny Wilkins are all battling for a roster spot as backup QB. How many QBs do you think will be on the final 53? Have each of these men performed well enough in camp to where if the Packers keep three on the 53, will the fourth be able to clear waivers and remain with the team on the practice squad? (Taysom Hill is the example where we “lost” one recently.)

We’re at least three weeks away from being able to remotely answer this. They’ve all had their moments.

Michael from Portland, OR

Besides Watt are there any other players on the Texans with state ties?

Green Bay Southwest grad Max Scharping is a rookie second-round pick for the Texans. I believe he used to bike down to practice with players when he was a kid.

There seems to be a number of players attributing their improved physique to a healthier diet after their second or third year in the league. Does the team talk to players about diet after they’ve been drafted or signed as free agents? It seems incredible players looking to gain an “edge” don’t do this immediately?

You can always be thinner, look better. That’s an “American Psycho” reference, not actual advice. I think a lot of times it’s just a matter of guys being willing to go that extra mile to cut out the junk food and clean up their meals. That’s sometimes easier said than done, especially in the offseason, because honestly who doesn’t love chocolate cake?

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

I’ve been hoping Josh Jones can make a significant contribution to the Packers’ defense this season. Does yesterday’s tackle, scuffle and banishment signify a return to the doghouse? I guess the question is where does he go from here?

I guess we’ll find out this morning. Personally, I don’t feel Jones did anything flagrant. It wasn’t like Jermichael Finley throwing punches at Jarvis Reed’s helmet back in 2013. But, according to Tramon Williams, Matt LaFleur made it clear before camp started he didn’t want any skirmishes. Rules are rules.

Russell from Des Moines, IA

What is the closest the NFL has come to having the same six teams in each conference come playoff time as the year before? Has it ever happened?

I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain this to a man that gets informed by the words I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I’m obviously kidding, but re-ask this at the bye or after the season when we have more time to look it up. It’s a good question.

Mike/Wes, if I remember right the mantra is optimism without expectations. I look around the league at free-agent signings, draft, etc., this is not a lock. For the Packers fans who expect a Lombardi this year, enjoy the ride, root for and encourage the team. As the line goes in the movie, “What about Bob?” – “Baby steps Bob, baby steps.” Just be all-in for the best team to be a fan of.

As my old friend Jon Cooper once said when he was hired as the Green Bay Gamblers’ head coach in 2008, “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we’re really going to try to.” This thing may take a little time to come together, but there’s no question this roster is better today than it was at the end of last season.

How long until they have a Mike and Wes portion of the Lambeau Field tour? You know, take us to the offices and say, “This is where Mike and Wes write,” then to the studio, “This is where Mike and Wes shoot ‘Packers Unscripted,’” then finally to the press box, “This is where Mike and Wes sit on game day.” I would pay to see that. OK, maybe not, but my question is, during practices do you take notes and start mentally writing columns or wait until you start writing and process what you’ve seen?

Ha. Good one, Dave. I take notes and tweet from practice, but rarely do I have a preconceived notion as far as what I’m going to write as my “News of the day” story until we get to the locker room.

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