Sat. Jul 11th, 2020

It’s the X-factor every team is searching for

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It’s the X-factor every team is searching for



It seems many fans discount improvement via the development of young players already on the roster. It begs the question why they were drafted in the first place. Few were grabbed as instant starters plugging gaping holes. Many who start early exhibit growing pains. Fans talk about “upsides,” and so many appear unwilling to watch it develop. I’d like to think that the Packers have a fair idea of the current receiver corps, with reason to expect improvement.

Some folks just want to watch the ending instead of enjoying the entire movie, and that’s a shame. It’s the journey that made the stories of Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson so captivating. The Packers’ receiving corps has a lot to prove, maybe more than any other position, but you also have to give those young players a chance to grow and become who everyone hopes they would be.

Teams are always looking for that once-in-a-lifetime quarterback, but do you think there’s a shift, or at least another tier, where the QB is viewed as more “functional”? One that keeps his wits about him especially in crunch time and doesn’t lose the game with a pick?

Maybe that’s the way some look at it but my response would be to look at what Patrick Mahomes did last year for Kansas City. Stars aren’t always readily available but they sure make a huge difference when you find one.

ANY WAY THE PLAYERS CAN WEAR A MASK WITH HELMETS OR GET A NEW DESIGN FOR THE HELMETS?

WE’RE LESS THAN A MONTH FROM CAMP, SO I WOULDN’T COUNT ON IT. UNLESS, OF COURSE, THE NFL HAS SOME KIND OF TOP-SECRET PLAN.

Do you think the stadiums will play at a reduced capacity during the season until a cure is found?

I don’t see how any NFL team could have 80,000 fans in attendance this September without a vaccine and mass testing, so I guess I agree with the premise of your question.

Doesn’t the NFL realize how hard it is to schedule my fantasy draft? I normally like the third Sunday in August but I am uncertain this year.

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Very often a comment or question still comes in regarding the Packers’ loss to the Seahawks in the NFC title game. My question is a bit different and hypothetical. If you’re a fan of the Seahawks, would it have been better to lose to the Packers in order to avoid that most heartbreaking loss to New England in the Super Bowl? Now you talk about being haunted by a football memory, that Seahawks SB loss would be the one.

If you get a ticket to the dance, you don’t wish it away. Regardless of what happens when you get there, you made it. A Super Bowl lost is still a Super Bowl earned.

Does Cam make New England a threat again or is he just a small Band-Aid over a large wound?

He makes them a heck of a lot more interesting. But yeah, I expect the Patriots to be in the running again until the AFC East proves otherwise.

Tyler from Cross Plains, WI

Coincidence or smart PR play by the Pats to announce the Cam Newton signing the same day the NFL issues a $1.1 million fine and loss of a third-round pick for taping the Bengals’ sideline?

The smartest thing of all was dropping that on a weekend in June.

Gary from Chippewa Falls, WI

I respectfully disagree with your assessment of the Cam Newton signing. His accomplishments are better than most backups and they make more in base than he. Injury history aside, this is a bad look for the NFL. If Kap signs for more, it is a really bad look.

I’m saving any comment on this until Newton talks. It’s now the end of June. If Newton felt like this was the best offer out there, I don’t begrudge him for taking it. And if he plays winning football, he’ll be compensated for it next year.

Is John Kuhn still alive?

Yes. Or at least I assume so. He returned my text the other day.

Thirty-seven questions? Wes, you must have seen the film “Clerks” or perhaps “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Maybe even both of them! Then again, you may just be a fan of irregular prime numbers that are also hexagonal numbers as well as anagrammatic primes. 😉

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