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Marcedes Lewis is that guy, every single day

G Elgton Jenkins
G Elgton Jenkins

TK from Grafton, WI

Wes! "Yes!" and "You better believe it!"? "Heavyweights"? You just earned yourself a lifetime subscriber! Yesterday my lunch was cancelled due to a lack of hustle, but I dealt with it.

Thank God someone got the reference. I was proud of that one, too.

Statham from Pineview, GA

I feel that our defense this year has top-five potential. Do you guys see the same?

Sure. Why the heck not?

Jeff from Ely, MN

Mike's response to Matt from Burlington regarding the reception Aaron Rodgers will get at Lambeau got me thinking. I agree with Mike (sorry Wes), 98.5% of the crowd will cheer loudly. What I'm imagining however is the reception that Randall Cobb will get when he comes through that tunnel; it's going to be pandemonium...and rightfully so!

If camp is any indication, Lambeau may set a new decibel record when Cobb runs out that tunnel against Detroit. Fans cheer loudly every time he touches the ball in practice. It doesn't matter if it's a team period or individual drill. Green Bay loves the guy – and so does Rodgers. James Jones was the perfect guy for that 2015 team after Nelson's injury and I feel like Cobb could provide a similar lift in '21.

Dar from Mansfield, TX

Since the Ask Vic days, y'all have described young offensive linemen as "jars on the shelf." The premise is that a team can't have too many of them if a team wants strong O-line play year after year. I was beginning to think the Pack did have too many "jars" given Gutey's many draft picks and UDFA additions in the last couple years. Then Simon Stepaniak retired and I was reminded of Derek Sherrod's career-killing injury and Jason Spriggs' failure to fully develop. Depth is really key, isn't it?!

Vic had many wise sayings but this may be his best, in my opinion. Offensive line is such a unique position because you need five on the field for every offensive snap…in every game…for six straight months if you advance to the Super Bowl. If a team gets caught shorthanded, then it comes at the expense of its franchise QB. The Packers have options on the O-line, especially now with Dennis Kelly in the fold. I thought last season proved there is strength in numbers.

The Green Bay Packers practiced on Ray Nitschke Field on Monday, August 2, 2021.

Chuck from Menomonie, WI

Regarding Monday's Marcedes Lewis press conference. Wow. Maybe I'm overreacting, but that seemed like some next-level interaction between the press and an articulate and introspective man. Just me or was there something special in that particular presser?

That's Lewis. He's that guy, every single day. As we enter this "media auditorium" era of pandemic coverage, I think fans will get a glimpse into the type of guy Lewis is and why teammates gravitate towards him. He's one of the game's last warhorses. So, there's a lot of wisdom to draw from there regardless of whether you're a player, coach or media member.

Jordan from Virginia Beach, VA

From Three Things: "Great players practice great…with a purpose…" We already signed Aaron Jones, who was mentioned. If we are kicking the can for this year, shouldn't we kick the can for the future and give Adams the number he wants? Even if Rodgers doesn't come back after this season, (which I think he will winning the SB), shouldn't we tie down the best WR in the league for the next 3-5 years as soon as possible? I know other players (Jaire Alexander) are coming too but get Davante Adams ASAP. Am I wrong?

I'm not going to get into contract negotiations I know nothing about, but I firmly believe the Packers will do right by Adams when it's all said and done. As Adams said, he's been an upstanding citizen, a locker-room leader and one of the best at his position. You want to reward that individual.

Rich from De Pere, WI

Do we know the extent of "non-football injuries" for those players? Do they provide a timetable for them to return? Is this also the designation where players in Covid protocol end up?

Doing this once because I'm tired of being asked about it. Your physically unable to perform list: T David Bakhtiari (knee), and TEs Josiah Deguara (knee) and Dominique Dafney (knee). Your non-football injury list: DE Kingsley Keke (ankle), OLB Za'Darius Smith (back), ILB Isaiah McDuffie (hamstring), CB Kevin King (hamstring) and S Will Redmond (foot). LB Ray Wilborn is the only player on COVID-19 reserve. There you have it.

Jacob from West Allis, WI

Do you have any tips on how to stay in the present and enjoy this season? It's hard not to think about how different the team will look next year regardless of who is playing quarterback. It feels like Robert Tonyan, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and others will play well enough to demand a contract that the Packers will not be able to afford. (I'm not even mentioning the biggest one.)

We're entering the busiest time in the NFL calendar. If you can't stay focused on that, then I don't have any tips on how to do it. I say this every year – some people like to fast-forward to the climax of the movie. I prefer to watch all two hours. Either way, I will let you in on a little secret, Jacob. The 2022 season is going to be here before you know it. My advice? Enjoy the 2021 season before that happens.

Sal from Hailey, ID

Bronson Kaufusi has quite the bio. The transition from DL to TE can't be an easy one, and our TE room seems pretty crowded already. What have you seen from him in training camp? Any thoughts on his chances to make the 53?

Size. I tweeted during practice Monday he's one of only a few dudes, especially skill-position players, on eye level with Marcedes Lewis. Kaufusi was a plus athlete coming out of BYU in 2016. Also, keep in mind Milt Hendrickson was part of the Ravens front office that drafted Kaufusi in the third round in 2016, so there's something there the Packers like.

Dennis from Parrish, FL

Before the Cobb reunion, to myself I thought ANY chance we keep six receivers? Now I think we keep seven? Can the math make sense? Unprecedented?

How soon they forget…No, it wouldn't be unprecedented. The Packers kept seven on their initial 53 in 2016 (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis, Trevor Davis and The Janis). Yes, the WR competition is tight but there's room on the 53 for anyone who proves he belongs.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Forty-yard dash. Which four Packers would you nominate to participate and who wins?

Eric Stokes, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Darnell Savage and Jaire Alexander. The winner would be anyone who gets to see it.

Daniel from Waukesha, WI

If the Packers were to take part in a home-run derby at American Family Field (you choose the format), who wins it?


David from San Antonio, TX

Wes, I think DB69 is a natural in front of the camera. Do you see broadcasting in his future? Others?

A gold jacket would look good on the silver screen.

Renate from Milwaukee, WI

Why did the Packers release Blake Bortles?

Have you not seen Kurt Benkert's hair?

Doug from Neenah, WI

Good morning. How concerned are you about depth on the defensive line this year? There are veterans Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster. Kingsley Keke is on the NFI list. T.J. Slaton and Jack Heflin are unproven rookies. Should we expect a preseason addition to help stop the run? Thanks.

The Packers have enough. Keke will be back here soon and Lancaster is a versatile rotational hand behind the starting three. T.J. Slaton will be a factor at some point and the Packers also could work their three edge rushers into the D-line mix. Gutekunst could revisit the position again later this season, but this is the best formula right now. Let the young guys play…or practice, I guess.

Katherine from Milwaukee, WI

How important is the preseason for veteran players?

Not very. It's like that gas station hotdog that's been on the roller for an hour too long. Sure, it'll fill you up but not sure what you get out of it. For youngsters, however, it's the protein shake after the workout.

Jim from McLean, VA

Thanks to whoever produced “Question of the Day.” It was brilliant. Please do more!

That was great. Lucas Patrick is a national treasure.

Robert from Verona, WI

Do you collect sports memorabilia? If so, what piece of your collection are you most proud of?

I collect sports cards more than memorabilia. My prized possession is my Jordan card collection. I'm hoping to have all his cards from 1984-98 by the time they fit me for a wooden coat.

Brandon from Kronenwetter, WI

I was at training camp Monday and found myself spending a fair amount of time looking for Spoff and Wes on the sidelines rather than watching the action on the field. Should I be concerned?

Well, I sure am.

Joe from Portland, OR

I was an avid reader of the mailbox back in the early 2010s. I didn't miss an edition for four-plus years. Life got crazy and routines changed which slowly reduced my readership. Today was the first day I've read it since 2015-16 range. A lot has changed in the world since then but it was a true joy to come back to this corner of the internet and see not much has changed here (even a mention of Vic!). Cheers to another great Packers season and I'll try to make it back more often.

Um, thanks? I think?

James from Santa Maria, CA

Good morning II! So am I the only one that feels this year will be a once in a lifetime for Wisconsin sports fans? We have the champion Bucks, the Brewers are 20 games over .500 and AR12 is in the building! What say you?

It's a great time to be a Wisconsin sports fan.