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Inbox: That's the great unknown

There are a lot of ways this could come together

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C. Voss from Holmen, WI

What do you think is your biggest obstacle to overcome for the 2022 season?

I've had some computer issues the past week, but our IT dept. has been a big help getting me straightened out, so I'm hopeful such disruptions are behind me. Appreciate the concern.

Brad from Northport, MI

I thought maybe we would see Wes doing a Three Things episode on his own. First thing, LeRoy Butler is finally in the HOF. Second thing, LeRoy Butler is really finally in the HOF. Third thing, I raise my root beer to LeRoy, he's in the HOF. Thanks for the great coverage, Wes, and a big congrats to LeRoy and his family for such a great honor an all the memories.

This cracked me up. Wes and the video crew (Tyler and Taylor) did a great job from Canton and we hope you enjoyed all their coverage. We're also glad to get them back here today for the tasks at hand.

Jeff from Los Feliz, CA

Hey guys, what a chilling and wonderful scene watching LeRoy Butler being inducted into the HOF. Isn't this also officially the induction of the Lambeau Leap into the HOF as well?

Officially, no. Spiritually, you bet.

Stephen from Menomonee Falls, WI

Piggybacking off of Bil from Stateline, NV's question, what would be the best way to approach you if I saw you "out and about"? I would want to say an appreciative "Hello!" but would nervously err on the side of "they don't want to be disturbed in public." Thanks!

Please don't ever hesitate to say hello and let me/us know you're an Inbox reader. We always hope to have a couple minutes to connect, but if we're truly busy, we'll politely let you know.

Connor from Minnetonka, MN

No one seems overly concerned, but that hamstring will force him to miss some time in training camp here.

Dave from Germantown, TN

With Darnell Savage nursing a hamstring pull after Family Night, who do you see seizing the opportunity to cement his place on the roster?

Vernon Scott has taken his place with the first-team defense, which is a change from the spring when Shawn Davis appeared to be the No. 3 safety. It's worth keeping an eye on what develops from here.

Mike from New Orleans, LA

During WR-CB 1-on-1s are the QBs trying to throw 50-50 balls? Any other hyphenations I could have added?

The quarterbacks are trying to complete the passes, in a let's-get-the-best-of-'em kind of way.

Scott from Noblesville, IN

Will there be any defensive players not play in any preseason games? (Clark, perhaps?) Also, do you recall any past rookies sewing up a starting position early enough in training camp to completely sit out one of the preseason games?

I wouldn't expect many, if any, veteran starters on defense to play in the preseason, which could mean a lot of guys sitting. As for rookies, they generally play, even if they're starters, though they used to be held out of the old "fourth" preseason game.

Julie from Janesville, WI

Who decides the players on special teams?

It's a combination of the GM and personnel department's final decisions as far as who's on the roster, and then the special teams coordinator and head coach collaborating on the best usage of the players available.

Anthony from Sturgeon Bay, WI

Knowing D. Adams is gone, if you were the Vikings, how might you set a defensive game plan for the home opener? What a conundrum!

That's the great unknown for the start of this season, which I was discussing on the sideline with Wayne Larrivee the other day. How are defenses going to line up schematically against an Adams-less Packers offense? Who/what will they focus on taking away, and how will the Packers adjust? That's why I continue to say the entire season will be an ongoing evolution on offense.

Paul from Los Angeles, CA

Do you think Aaron Jones has a better chance of 1,000 yards rushing or 1,000 yards receiving this season?

Definitely rushing. Even the two years Ahman Green led the Packers in receptions (2000-01), he was just shy of 600 receiving yards each season.

Nik from Moore, SC

Through the magic of Russ Ball, the Packers have a decent amount of cap space left for 2022. Do you see them spending it on a FA contract or two after cuts, used to extend a current player this year, or saved for next year's clear cap issues and obvious contract extensions (Elgton Jenkins, Adrian Amos, Allen Lazard or Yosh Nijman if they play exceptional, Robert Tonyan)?

B and/or C.

Jeffrey from Taylors, SC

Which do you think is the bigger factor when a young QB starts great but after a year or two fails, the QB not able to progress in the game or defenses figure out how to stop them (even though they progress)? Or some other factor?

I think it comes down to how well-rounded the QB is or can become. Because defensive coordinators in this league are really smart, and they will find ways to limit what a QB does best. So it's on him to have other skills and aspects of his game to turn to, or develop quickly, so he can succeed in other ways.

Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 6, 2022.

Ross from Hudson, WI

I haven't heard the name Tyler Davis much this camp. Hopes were high he would be an impact player at TE. Are those hopes dashed?

It's Aug. 8.

Mark from Dallas, TX

We've heard over and over from Rasul Douglas how Jerry Gray taught him how to watch film and it paid off. Is this only Gray being an exceptional teacher, or also an indictment of coaches on his prior teams not taking the time to do so, or not teaching it well? Just seems unfathomable how after five years in the league this had been so lacking that he made gigantic leaps after just a short time with Gray.

That's a great question. I do think Gray is an exceptional coach, so it starts there. But also, sometimes a professional environment can be less than conducive to admitting you don't know how to do something, and/or where superiors assume something doesn't or shouldn't have to be taught. Whatever the case, everything about Douglas says he finally landed in the right place for him.

Todd from Plover, WI

Not a question, but a comment. The Badgers didn't win their first Rose Bowl until 1994, long after Randy Wright and Al Toon.

I never said first Rose Bowl win. I said first bowl win. Randy Wright was the starting QB for Wisconsin's first bowl victory, ever, the Independence Bowl in 1982.

Clark from Lampson, WI

Do you guys have time to run down to the basement to get a box of "You can't be wrong with Randy Wright" bumper stickers to send to Steve in Iowa?

I'll get on that.

Jeff from Lake Forest, CA

"We definitely are not where we need to be right now as far as overall conditioning." Need more input.

LaFleur said it's on the individual players mostly to make sure they're getting the conditioning needed on their own if practice alone isn't providing enough (due to rotating reps, etc.). He mentioned some players will start working out more after practice and the strength and conditioning staff will have plans as well.

James from Asheville, NC

I often see fans expressing concerns about the depth of the team, be it edge rushers, linebacker, safeties, OL or whatever. But given the team can only carry so many players, aren't there going to be some areas that are more vulnerable than others? Having extra depth at one position means less at another. So how does Gute juggle all that and how does it affect the make-up of the practice squad? Thanks.

You're right, no team is ever comfortable with its depth at every position. It's the nature of the roster limitations. That's why the GM focuses on keeping the best players, first and foremost. Don't let good, young players get away. So roster decisions are in part based on which young players have the best chance to clear waivers and therefore can be brought back to the practice squad. If the belief is a player is likely to be claimed and the team doesn't want to lose him, he's probably staying on the 53.

Steven from Stephens City, VA

Another thing about Round 1 wide receivers is that everyone forgets about the ones who don't pan out. We remember Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins and Justin Jefferson, but everyone forgets about Craig Davis, Kevin White, Corey Coleman, Dwayne Bowe, Anthony Gonzalez, Phillip Dorsett, Corey Davis, and Josh Doctson. Yes, some become great, but there's just as many if not more who don't pan out, or have the career people expect from a first-rounder.

And the same goes for just about any other position when it comes to the draft.

Christopher from Frederick, MD

I would like to ask two questions about the most popular guy on the team during camp, if I may: How many wideouts were taken before Romeo Doubs, and what was the knock on him that made him last 'til Round 4?

Doubs was the 19th receiver drafted in 2022. From what I gather, there were questions about the consistency his hands, unrefined route running, and his overall fluidity as an athlete, better straight-line than lateral ability, that sort of stuff. He's by no means a finished product, but from my observations his hands and body are super strong, he's not just a straight-line runner, and there's plenty of time for refinement wherever he needs it.

The Green Bay Packers held training camp practice inside the Don Hutson Center on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

Matt from Kolesin, Poland

Hi II! Looks like the WR room will be as follows: Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Amari Rodgers. Would you change anything in this list as for today?

I'm not picking the roster before the first preseason game is even played. There are a lot of ways this could come together, and I'm certainly not counting out Juwann Winfree at this early stage.

Mike from Naples, FL

Gentlemen: At a recent practice a player caught my eye. No. 7. Nobody could get at his torso to block him. He would use a double stiff arm and move his feet without ever taking his eyes off the ball. He would then slide off the blocker as if he wasn't even there. Am I missing a downside to this player or does he have all-pro potential?

Once again, I'm not jumping the gun and handing out any awards less than two weeks in. But Quay Walker definitely got my attention on Family Night and it's why I wrote about him in the lead item of "5 things." So far, I think he's everything the Packers hoped he'd be, and he's got so much room for growth.

Steven from Alexandria, MN

Did you guys see Devonte Wyatt's spin move on Sean Rhyan during Jordan Love's rainbow touchdown pass to Samori Toure? While Love's pass was very nice (and with big No. 95 bearing down on him), I can't help but think that play results in a sack in a regular-season game for Devonte. Which part of that play stood out to you the most?

Wyatt's quickness for a 300-pound man is no joke.

Tom from Woodstock, IL

Watched the HOF ceremony and saw the credentials of the incoming class. Dick Vermeil, .525 winning percentage?! What am I missing here? PS: Holmgren should be a shoo-in.

I agree Holmgren belongs and believe he'll get in eventually. But if you're only looking at the winning percentage you're missing the story with Vermeil. He shepherded two franchises to Super Bowls that were pretty abysmal when he took over, and those Super Bowl appearances were almost two full decades apart. He rebuilt the Eagles, left coaching for 15 years, and then rebuilt the Rams. His coaching resume is unlike any I can recall.

Dan from San Antonio, TX

Sterling Sharpe was one of the most dominating receivers of his era. He would have been first-ballot HOF had his career not been cut short after seven years. With Tony Boselli's induction with an injury-shortened seven-year career, what do you think of Sharpe's chances of getting in?

Better than they've ever been, especially with the senior committee forwarding three finalists to the full panel for a final vote each of the next three years.

Bob from Rome, NY

Gentlemen, I bet Coach Bisaccia will be "Dallin" up the pressure on special teams now! Do you want me to use the front door or the emergency exit?

Your choice.

Josh from Adams, WI

I feel like I've been stringing together quality training camp questions to the Inbox but I haven't been able to get any reps with the "ones" lately. Have I been cut or are you guys just giving more reps to the rookies in an effort to develop depth for the season?

It's a new week of training camp, for everybody. Happy Monday.

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