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Impressive play on the boundary bodes well

No one has to pick the punter now


Caleb from Eau Claire, WI

Guys, how does the scouting team spend its time before college games begin? Are they primarily focused on other NFL training camps?

The college scouts don't just go to games, they're out on the road visiting practices, too. A team's pro scouts are going to other preseason games, watching loads of film, and keeping an eye out for players who might be available at some point.

Thomas from Park Falls, WI

Guys, I thought UDFA Kentrell Brice looked like a legit NFL player. Do you guys think he has a legit shot at making this team?

Yes. His testing numbers match what you see on the field, which doesn't always happen. He's fast, and his play speed is fast. His ability to close on ball carriers and receivers jumps out.

Nick from State College, PA

The most underrated position in the NFL is GM. You need a steady hand on the tiller to keep the cap safe.

You're just trying to impress Vic, aren't you?

Ben from Madison, WI

Does Trevor Davis' speed put him in the conversation for punt gunner while Janis is out?

Sure, but he doesn't have Janis' size for that role. We'll see. Speaking of special teams, Davis made my favorite play of the preseason so far when he ran up to catch that low, short punt on the fly and returned it 21 yards. So many times, those bad punts are misjudged and are allowed to hit the ground, with the return team unable to take advantage. I was impressed with Davis' decisiveness and fearlessness there.

Joseph from East Moline, IL

I'm confused, if the possibility of Clay and Julius being suspended is based on whether or not they cooperate, why don't they just cooperate?

It sounds like they're going to, but I still understand the union's reticence throughout this ordeal.

Mike from Fort Wayne, IN

So what is Brett Goode's status with the Packers after his injury is healed?

He is a free agent and can sign with any team at any time.

Brad from Alexandria, VA

For the past decade or so it seems the AFC was regularly the stronger conference. With the emergence of the 'Hawks, Panthers and Cardinals in recent years it seems the tide may be turning. Agree?

I felt last season the NFC playoff field was deeper, and I could envision five of the six teams (everyone but Washington) representing the conference in the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, it seemed the AFC was inevitably headed to a New England vs. Denver title game. But I also concede there may have been some familiarity bias in that line of thinking, because I follow the NFC much more closely throughout the year.

Paul from LaPorte, IN

Good evening, Mike. Want to know how to decrease your workload by more than 11%? Get Vic off the beach/golf course. Do you really want that?

Vic has earned his respite. I'm happy paying the dues necessary now.

Steve from Alexandria, VA

No disrespect to my fellow Virginian from Chesterfield (Tom), but who would have thought the 49ers emerge from the Harbaugh era with ZERO Super Bowl wins when they looked like a budding dynasty five years ago. Was it McCarthy's fault players melted down in Seattle two years ago? I say not.

I think the 49ers were the best team in the NFL in the three-year period from 2011-13, and I've never seen a team so good for a significant stretch without winning it all. They had a punt returner fumble away (twice) an NFC title game, they came five yards from winning a Super Bowl against a team I think they beat eight out of 10 times, and they were 20 yards from a road upset against a team that dominated a Super Bowl like nothing we'd seen in a while. That's how this league goes.

Tom from Bismarck, ND

To whom, would somebody in the office please tell Aaron Rodgers to put a sock in it. He's in the news almost every day for some asinine opinion. Usually on topics he is not qualified to speak on. I say play him three quarters and hope someone gets penalized for a late hit on his jaw. Let's get the season going before he wants to run for office.

I find it refreshing that a superstar is willing to speak his mind, thoughtfully and meaningfully. It's rare these days. He's entitled to his opinion. You're entitled to yours. Good luck with yours.

Kent from Appleton, WI

I predict the eventual elimination of the penalty for kicking a kickoff out of bounds. The ball will be spotted like a punt.

Not a chance. I'd ban you but Vic banned someone yesterday.

Adam from Green Bay, WI

Adams was contacted way early, not called, still made the catch on third-and-3. I sense a big year from No. 17 with a stronger upper body.

I'm not going to overreact, but I thought that was a heck of a play by Adams, too, and the kind that bodes well for a team in need of another true boundary receiver.

Sean from Chanhassen, MN

Was it Spoff who was worried we didn't draft a RB? Bet he's not now.

Crockett took a step forward against the Raiders. Now I want to see more.

Take another look at Thursday night's preseason game between Green Bay and Oakland. Photos by Matt Becker,

Scott from Sparta, WI

There is a lot to like about this team after two preseason games. Wouldn't want to be in Ted Thompson's shoes trying to make roster cuts.

A lot of GMs would.

Joe from Asbury, IA

The Packers are 2-0 without Rodgers and Nelson, look out! I can't wait to see those two guys on the field together, do you believe we'll see it next game?

Maybe, but I don't think it matters. Their timing and rhythm will come in practice, and the Week 1 practices leading up to the Jacksonville game will be the most important on-field work the two have together.

Vincent from Seattle, WA

Vic, why do the Steelers only have their logo on one side of their helmet?

If I remember correctly from the story Vic told me, back in the day when the Steelers' owner was approached by a rep from U.S. Steel with the logo proposal, he really liked it. With 46 players on the roster, he said, "Give me 46 of those!" When the obvious oversight was discovered the first year, the thought was it would be rectified the next year, but that never happened.

Ben from Hattiesburg, MS

I moved to Mississippi this summer, so I have missed training camp and both preseason games thus far. Who is/are this year's Jayrone Elliott or LaDarius Gunter?

Of the undrafted rookies, no one has made that level of impression on me, but there are still two games left.

Adam from Virginia Beach, VA

Carl Bradford was consistently involved in plays (Thursday) night and quick to the ball. His instincts have improved drastically. I think it's a great story of determination and an example of why I enjoy this sport so much. Who's another player fighting for a roster spot you believe has made a significant jump this preseason?

I don't think anyone on the roster has made the leap Bradford has. Seeing him on the first team for both kickoff and kickoff return vs. Oakland indicates he's earned a serious look.

Jay from Land O'Lakes, FL

In the Oakland game I noticed Spriggs struggled against Mack. That tells me he is not ready to protect the backside of No. 12. What does it tell you?

It tells me Mack is as good as advertised, and I'd expect one of the top three or four defensive players in the entire league to do that against a rookie taking an NFL field for the second time. It also tells me Spriggs will be better for it.

Steven from Milwaukee, WI

So who had the most interesting training camp battle pegged as punter?!?

This thing's going down to the wire. Everyone's asking who I would pick now. No one has to pick now. That's the point.

Tyler from Vacaville, CA

Gentlemen, I'm really trying to understand how two NFL rules played out in one play against the Raiders. The play I'm referring to is the interception from Randall. During this play, Randall leaves the ground to make a catch. While he is in the air, Randall is touched by the Raider player. However, Randall completes the process of a catch only when he hits the ground and maintains control of the ball. Subsequently, he gets up from the ground and starts running. My question is, how can he be ruled down by contact in the air, if by rule, he has not completed a catch until he hits the ground?

I love this kind of stuff.

Merle from Kaukauna, WI

I sense a certain chemistry and camaraderie to this team that seems to indicate great things ahead. Do any of you guys sense the same thing?

Chemistry and camaraderie are rooted in victory. They are measured in defeat.

Kary from Sheboygan, WI

Spoff, please tell me you are bringing the Oxford comma back?!

It'll be with me today, tomorrow, and forever.

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