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Inbox: It's been that way in this league for a long time

One or both will get a huge opportunity

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Ben from Pensacola, FL

Eye-in-the-sky Judge? Wasn't it just "Sky Judge"? Or am I tripping? Tomato, tomahto? Bueller?

And the dead zone is barely underway.

Jimbo from Sawbridgeworth, UK

London ticket secured! Absolutely buzzing. As a Tottenham fan, to see the Packers in our stadium is a dream come true. When will details of the events of that weekend be announced?

In plenty of time for people to know what's up. As soon as everything is finalized, all the info will be posted on our site.

James from Oshkosh, WI

Not a question, just a comment. I can see it now – Mike bowing to the Queen as he is knighted Sir Michael Spofford!

Ha. My dad came closer to that than I ever will. He received an honorary degree from St. Mary's College (now University) in Twickenham, presented to him at Westminster Cathedral. Sitting in a press box at Tottenham ain't gonna top that.

Brad from Komoka, Ontario

On Twitter, Andrew Brandt stated that 24 of 32 owners would need to vote Dan Snyder out as owner. Correct me if I'm wrong, but would Mr. Murphy be voting on behalf of the Packers?

Correctamundo.

George from North Mankato, MN

Just wanted to point out a couple things people forget about Barry Sanders' greatness. During his prime, he had 145 rushes for no gain in a 5-year span. During that same time, he accumulated minus-1,300 yards on carries for a loss. Can you imagine his totals had he been gifted the luxury of a top-flight offensive line?

It's one of the all-time mysteries, but I've also wondered whether we'd have seen the true greatness of Sanders in that context.

Scott from Sheboygan, WI

If given the choice between Payton, Sanders, or Peterson, I would take Payton every time. He could run, block, catch, throw. He was a complete three-down back. Who would you pick?

Without question Walter, but I'm admittedly biased from my youth. I got his autograph multiple times growing up and was over the moon every time.

Al from Pasadena, CA

Has nobody mentioned Jim Brown? He has to be among the greatest. Saw him (with that year's champion Cleveland Browns) held to under 100 yards by the Pack in 1964 in Milwaukee, but he was a beast.

Nobody's dissing Jim Brown, for all those asking. The discussion became centered on the running backs from division rivals the Packers faced numerous times. Green Bay faced Brown only three times his entire career, and yes, held him under 100 yards every time.

Braedon from Endicott, NY

To those who think the starters should play in the preseason, the Bills played their starters for the entire first half of their final preseason game against us and proceeded to lose at home against the Steelers in Week 1. The preseason doesn't matter folks.

And they came within a crazy ending at Arrowhead of reaching another AFC title game.

The Green Bay Packers held their first practice of minicamp at Ray Nitschke Field on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Chuck from Richfield, WI

I agree 100% with "it doesn't matter if the starters play in the preseason." I'm actually one of those outliers who enjoy watching the non-starters hit hard and give their all in the preseason to see one or two longshots make the team (like Desmond Howard in 1996!). Do teams still schedule their own preseason games or does the league somehow influence those matchups? I find it odd that the Packers play two of their top conference foes (49ers and Saints) and powerhouse Chiefs.

My understanding is the clubs work out contracts for preseason games amongst each other.

Robert from Verona, WI

Excluding Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis, is there a tight end on the roster that you feel has all the tools (a high ceiling, if you will) to truly excel? Since players succeed in different ways in the NFL – some by taking advantage of their pure athleticism, others with their discipline/knowledge, and many with a combination of both – I'm curious to know which tight end you're keeping an eye on to do more than just be a contributor this year.

I think both Tyler Davis and Josiah Deguara have the ability to play significant roles. Neither has proven it yet, but one or both will get a huge opportunity in 2022.

Matt from Auburndale, WI

Dead zone question. What is your favorite sound in sports? If you're really bored you can break it down by sport. For me it's got to be the flyover.

I don't know if I have a favorite. The one that fascinates me the most is when a puck hits the pipe. No laser suggestions accepted there.

Zack from Christiansburg, VA

I took a hiatus but I'm back and trying to catch up. Just curious, how has Kingsley Enagbare looked?

He was working mostly with the reserve units on defense, as expected, during OTAs and minicamp, so I confess I didn't watch him much. I'll be interested to see him during one-on-one pass rush/pass pro in training camp when the pads go on.

Michael from Santa Cruz, CA

I feel like I know the game as well as anyone I know. But with just two words in his article on Rashan Gary ("play recognition"), Spoff made me think of something I'd never previously considered. Defensive players require acute play-recognition skills to maximize their abilities/potential. Offensive players already know the play pre-snap. Does this fact alone make it harder to be a defensive rookie vs. an offensive one? Keep up the good work fellas.

I don't know if I'd make a blanket statement like that. Offenses have pre-snap and on-the-fly adjustments built into plays that present their own challenges. Either side, there's no substitute for experience. Defensively, play recognition/anticipation is what allows veteran players to play as fast as younger guys with a 40 time two-tenths better. It's been that way in this league for a long time.

Connor from Minnetonka, MN

How big of a year can Rashan Gary have?

To borrow a line from an old friend, that's why we watch.

Phil from Marietta, GA

This question can only be asked (if there's any hope for an answer) during the "dead zone" while we search for topics to discuss. Who is the gentleman on the ad which pops up before the videos, and implores us to "Visit the Atrium"? He looks like he could have played for Vince. For reference, he claps his hands in front of a tour group near the end of the ad. Is he as enthusiastic as he seems on the video?

That's a better story than you bargained for. He's stadium tour guide Joel Hanner. No, he didn't play for Lombardi, but his father, Dave "Hawg" Hanner, sure did. He coached with Lombardi, too, and also became a scout. As you can read in Cliff's bio on Dave, the elder Hanner spent a total of 44 years in football operations, the longest tenure of any player or coach in the history of the franchise. Hawg (whose given name was Joel David Hanner) was drafted by the Packers in 1952, two years before Joel was born. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974, two years after his son graduated from Green Bay Southwest High and during Joel's career as a middle linebacker at Northern Michigan University. I met Joel in my newspaper days, when he was the head coach at Marinette High School, which played some high-stakes contests against Ashwaubenon and De Pere when I was covering the prep scene around here. Joel was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008, the same year his father passed away.

Kirk from Cameron, WI

Thank you for being a friend! Given all the youth on this team at premier positions, what kind of growing pains do you envision different segments of the team going through in September and October, to come out hitting full stride in November and December?

I don't expect the team to have segments slowed because it has the depth, particularly with veterans at receiver and on the defensive line, to bring the young players along at a pace where, hopefully, the growing pains are more individual than collective. The more they're minimized, the faster the rookies will be incorporated into larger roles.

Jon from Brooklyn Park, MN

Will our offense keep up with our defense this season? As weird as that is to ask with Aaron Rodgers re-signed.

Look, I'm as excited about this defense as I've been in a while, but this is still an offense-oriented league. Playing shutdown defense every week just isn't realistic. The best defenses can stem the tide, swing momentum and rise to the occasion in big moments. That's a winning defense in the NFL. The offense still has to score plenty of points, and I believe LaFleur, Rodgers & Co. will find ways to do that.

Dennis from Beavercreek, OH

Dead zone question. How do you handle questions each day with you two generally alternating between days? Do you both read questions each day and choose which ones to answer, or do you just read questions from your day? If it is the latter, do you trash the ones you do not use or do you save them for the other?

C'mon Dennis, you've been reading long enough to know the first rule of II.

Steve from Colorado Springs, CO

"Let's be careful out there." I would have thought Spoff was too young to remember "Hill Street Blues." We used to meet at a local restaurant for breakfast the morning after each episode to rehash. Loved that show.

You're too kind. Wes will take you through the rest of the week. Happy Thursday.

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