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Size and speed are valuable in every situation


Grant from Urbandale, IA

Can the season just start already? All the offseason hype and build-up during the summer makes me so starved for real regular-season Packer football.

Sit back, make a nice drink for yourself and enjoy the sun. Football will be here soon enough. Good morning!

Jeff Wentzville, MO

The great thing about Vince Lombardi quotes is they do not only apply to football and football players. They can be applied to all of us. Asking for my favorite Lombardi quote is like asking for my favorite Beatles song ("This Boy" by the way). Anyway, my favorite Lombardi quote: "We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time."

You know what defines a legend? It's not championships or accolades. It's when you type their name into Google, 50 years after their passing, and the first auto-search recommendation is their name next to "quotes." That's Vince Lombardi. That's how legends are made. My favorite tongue-in-cheek quote from Lombardi is "If you aren't fired up with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm." My favorite Lombardi life quote is: "There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give it everything."

Paul from Nevada City, CA

My personal favorite is "Someone get that (not sure if he said "damn") kid off the field." I ran onto the practice field during training camp during the mid-'60s. Mostly regret misplacing/losing my autograph book from that trip - Starr, Horning, Taylor, Dowler, McGee, etc.

What a memory. A different, simpler time.

Chris from Monroe, CT

What are the chances that Geronimo Allison makes the team with the influx of young receivers? He's a good player and I would really miss singing, "So Say Geronimo, say Geronimo..." whenever he makes a catch. Am I the only one who does that?

Are any of you familiar with distance races? If not, the runner who has the best prelim time gets to start from the inside on race day. I see Allison being in similar position. He has the inside track on that No. 3 job, but there are several young, talented receivers looking to challenge for his spot. This is the most important offseason of Allison's career. I think he'd be the first to tell you that.

Kevin from Asbury Park, NJ

The "jamming at the line" question made me recall reading an article from The Players Tribune where Davante Adams talked about Richard Sherman and Xavier Rhodes and their "super jam" technique, which is more of a big push rather than just getting hands on a WR. If I am remembering correctly he said that Sherman and Rhodes are the only guys who employ the "super jam" because if you miss you're essentially leaving the WR wide open unless you have some phenomenal catch-up speed.

Right. You're investing all your force into the initial contact. If the receiver wins, the average cornerback is toast unless he has help directly over the top. The best can make those gambles because they trust their talent.

Packers DE Dean Lowry celebrates his birthday on June 9. See photos of him from the 2017 season.

Philip from Fishers, IN

I am really excited to see our two new corners in action this year. I think they will both end up being top 20 in the league. But as I have been watching and reading what I can, something about Josh Jackson tells me that he has the potential to be our No. 1 corner by the end of the year. He just has that look. It seems stoic in a sense that he "don't take no crap from nobody," and that gives me excitement for what he can do on the field. Thoughts?

He's all business. I think one of the false narratives during the pre-draft process is Jackson isn't a press-man cornerback. Just look at his frame (6-0, 196). He has the tools to challenge receivers at the line of scrimmage and now Joe Whitt to help guide his development.

Dean from Brentwood, CA

Every year we hear you really can't judge a player until the pads come on. What about the punter? I know it's not an exciting topic but do JK Scott's punts look wow?

He was hitting coffin-corner punts in the only practice open to the public, so I can't say I was speechless or anything, but his hang time comes as advertised. It's also my first time watching a punter strike a ball without leaving the ground. It's impressive to watch him work.

Ryan from Noblesville, IN

The story about Favre and the candy bar was funny but not surprising. He has always been a character. So many to choose from but asking for a left-handed football was a great.

One of a kind.

Robert from Terre Haute, IN

Everybody seems all excited about the perceived upgrade in the secondary. But doesn't an improvement in secondary play and results also depend on improvement in our pass rush? Any top-tier QB if given time will shred even a good secondary. Your thoughts about both aspects?

Balance (n.): an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. The Packers need a pass rush to win a championship, but what I like about Mike Pettine's philosophy is he balances the rush between the inside and outside of the front.

Geoffrey from Rosemount, MN

Davante Adams rocking the hoodie now? Awesome.

Well, James Jones is one of his biggest mentors.


Jason from New Hampton, IA

This team has so much flexibility going into this season! Which position group's flexibility gets you most excited? For me it's the tight ends, especially when paired with a solid run group and great receivers. Oh, and there's that quarterback that's pretty decent, too!

I don't know if excited is the right word, but I'm intrigued by the defensive line and secondary for two different reasons. I'm interested in the D-line because I don't know how Mike Pettine and Jerry Montgomery are going to use all of these guys. The secondary is fascinating because there are so many different defensive backs fighting for roles and jobs. Right now, there seems to be only one certainty – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix starting at safety. The rest is up for grabs this summer.

Jason from Huntington Beach, CA

Insiders, are you guys as excited to cover the Packers at the Coliseum this year as I am to go? It'll be a huge test to see where we're at after the bye. This one has to stand out on everyone's schedule! Thanks for all you do!

I'm pumped for it. It reminds me of the first time I went to Candlestick. It's always great to check a "new" stadium off my list.

Richard from Davenport, IA

It would seem that we will improve in the red zone with the height of Davante, Jimmy and Marcedes. Is that what's going through their minds, that we would win all the jump balls? It also seems to be the idea for the Packers' secondary to make it tall.

It's all by design. Mike McCarthy and Brian Gutekunst agreed there was a need to get bigger and faster this offseason. They've checked that box on both sides of the ball. It's not just the red zone, though. Size and speed are valuable in every situation.

Ken from Sioux City, IA

While Wes got the answer essentially correct, at the last sentence or two the gentleman was not referring to Ahmad Thomas, he was referring to Oren Burks (a former safety listed between 220 and 230) and also the use of Josh Jones (210-220) as an ILB. Packers defensive coaches have already said during OTAs this year that Jones' skills may be utilized at ILB at times again this year despite McCarthy's contrary statement earlier this year.

Look at Burks, listed at 235, and tell me you see a noticeable difference between him and Blake Martinez. Burks is an inside linebacker who once played safety; not a safety masquerading as an inside linebacker. My point stands regarding the question about being too light against the run. Even if Jones plays in the box again this year, he won't be doing so on early downs in the base package. If offenses choose to run out of their three- and four-receiver packages versus sub-packages, then may the best front win.

Charles from Omaha, NE

Hey Insiders, maybe I am missing something, this is very likely, but while I am supportive of signing FAs to bring veteran talent and allow young players time to develop - who are we developing at tight end? I love all signings but they are older players.

I was a bit surprised the Packers didn't draft a tight end with any of those 11 picks. However, Emanuel Byrd finished the year on a high note and Robert Tonyan has intriguing measureables for the position after playing quarterback/receiver at Indiana State.

Robert from Angola, IN

What is Mike Pettine's resume including high school for playing and coaching?

He played football for his dad at Central Bucks (Pa.) High School West and then played free safety at the University of Virginia. Pettine also coached high school football for eight years before getting a coaching assistant position with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002. Pettine definitely paved his own path.

Joe from Ormond Beach, FL

Since our new long snapper that was drafted was a former tight end, what are the possibilities of trick plays for other teams to prepare for? Can he declare himself eligible to receive a pass from the center position?

If you know anything about **Hunter Bradley’s story**, you know his days of catching passes and running routes are over. He's a long snapper now.

Derrick from Rockaway, NJ

J.J. Watt over Julius Peppers for the NFL equivalent of the "The Great 8"?

Peppers is in a league of his own. He's played 16 years, appeared in more than 250 NFL games and been selected to 11 Pro Bowls. He may be missing the Super Bowl ring, but there is no equivalent.

Mitch from Stillwater, MN

Are there any players, retired or active, whom other players would not disrespect? For me, I can't help but think players didn't disrespect Reggie White and Walter Payton. Two class acts I can't see many players feeling OK with disrespecting.

Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson and Bart Starr are the first names that come to mind.

John from Kalamazoo, MI

The ridiculous talk radio debate about the best NCAA playing the worst NFL team is a pet peeve of mine. However, I do wonder if the best NCAA football team in a given year could score against the worst NFL team. What do you think?

It's interesting because Cleveland had a top 15 defense last year. Could Alabama's grind-it-out offense score against the Browns? Maybe a field goal, not seeing a touchdown unless something crazy happens.

Ryan from Menomonie, WI

I think TO just proved to me why he never should have been enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Very selfish!

I hope there's more to the story than just having hurt feelings about not being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. As I tweeted Thursday, if anyone had a right to be upset, it was Jerry Kramer. Yet, the 11-time Hall of Fame finalist is all smiles after all these years. Enjoy the moment for what it is.

Bob from Abilene, TX

Not a question - just a comment: Regarding the penalty charged to Teague after the hit on TO, it would have been really tough for me to throw a flag on Teague and not one on TO since he instigated the whole thing. TO deserved a flag due a combination of stupidity and truly unsportsmanlike conduct. If it had been a high school game, I would have ejected him. Just sayin'.

I'll never forget seeing Teague push Owens on "NFL Primetime." You never condone extracurricular activity like that, but you understand it. That's a delay of game penalty on Owens at best and unsportsmanlike conduct at worst.

Mark from Bettendorf, IA

Not a hockey fan, but I can't help but love to watch the celebration year after year by the winners. The joy shown by Ovechkin is unmatched in any sport, in my opinion. What is it about the Stanley Cup that seems to mean more by its winners then any professional championship?

There's a great deal of emotion in every championship ceremony, but there's just something different about hockey. It's not even the NHL. I covered St. Norbert College in Division III and the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL in their respective championships, and the ceremonies were similar. Good for Ovechkin, though.

Erik from Mansfield, TX

Half of the readership for II: *Googles Chicago Mushball*

I'm glad to know I wasn't alone.

Nick from Chicago, IL

Wes, you seem like a bowling rebel: no bumpers.

Bumpers? We don't need no stinkin' bumpers.

Sam from Janesville, WI

Steve from Barnhart, MO, I got this one. The NFL Draft is like avocados because avocados make guacamole which is arguably the best snack to eat while watching football. The MLB draft is like apples because apples make apple pie which is the most American dessert, and baseball is America's pastime.

I think Sam just had a walk-off. Have a good weekend, folks.