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Inbox: That's when everything clicked

Undrafted free agents have to work hard and be undeniable

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Tom from Bamberg, Germany

Great column, Mike! Your answer to "What are the five things you want to forget," I must admit, made me laugh. Much thanks to you and the Hodmeister for keeping us Dead (Zone) Heads entertained! You guys rock!

Mike Spofford, always a good sport.

Stephen from Green Bay, WI

Sammy's Pizza on Oneida Street right down from Lambeau Field is hands down the best pizza in Green Bay and probably all of Wisconsin. I eat there twice a month and recommend it to anyone asking about pizza. Thanks for listening. I think Wes is going to regret answering a pizza question.

Not as much as that teleportation line.

Matt from Kolesin, Poland

Hi guys. Am I the only one here who thinks the Lions will be our toughest opponent in NFC North? I saw their great attitude early in the last season, and in my opinion, their game was getting better and better, too. They've already had some great starters and this offseason the squad has been complemented by great amount of talent.

The Lions have the most upside of any NFC North team that doesn't reside at 1265 Lombardi Ave. I'm not sure Detroit will be the toughest out this season for Green Bay but don't sleep on the Lions. Their compass now has an arrow.

TK from Grafton, WI

When players say they "watch film" of an upcoming opponent, are they given much guidance from the coaches as to what to look for? Or guidance from veteran players? Or are they on their own?

It can be a bit of everything, but it starts in the classroom with the coaches. The best example is probably the work Jerry Gray and Rasul Douglas did together last year. Gray gave Douglas some pointers on how to watch film better and Douglas took it from there. That's when everything clicked.

Ben from Pensacola, FL

Need creates the fit. I like that. In regards to Juwann Winfree competing or not, he's one of the guys I'm looking forward to because he knows the system, and before his injury in preseason last year, he was balling out with impressive plays. There are gonna be a couple hard decisions and practice squad hopes (you know, unless they actually get claimed and go somewhere else to play). No receiver dearth here.

It's a highly motivated room. We all know the deal. There really isn't much else to say. Those 10 men are competing for their place in one of the NFL's most prestigious offenses.

Martin from Evansville, IN

How do you foresee the WR depth chart shaking out?

That's impossible to say, but I could easily see the Packers going heavy on receivers at the end of training camp. Many folks wanted to talk about possessing production OR potential. The reality is the Packers have both and will need both to win this season.

Kerry from Lakewood Ranch, FL

The Packers will be the bye team in the playoffs again if …

…they stay healthy.

Frank from Lake Zurich, IL

What is (are) the most important lessons learned from last season to carry into this season, including what should be replicated (if possible) and what needs to change?

It's hard to say much needs to be changed. The Packers had a winning formula in 2021-22, I see no reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater. They just came up short against San Francisco. The lesson I learned last year is the value of developing the next men up – and I absolutely mean that in the plural sense. The Packers counted on practically everyone to get through last year. You hope to stay healthy but also have to be ready to adapt. That's the challenge.

Eric from Mequon, WI

From what you know about this team right now... If there was a situation where there are 27 seconds left and no timeouts would you rather have: A) Offense on the opponents' 17-yard line, first-and-10, down by five or B) Defense on their own 17-yard line, first-and-10 up by five.

That's an interesting question. As much as I like the Packers' odds when Aaron Rodgers is under center, I love this current defense's chances defending a five-point lead with only 27 seconds on the clock, no timeouts remaining and the opposition needing a touchdown.

Joe from Wausau, WI

Given the acquisitions on the defensive line, what do you think are the prospects for Jack "trashcan full of dirt" Jack Heflin? I thought he really flashed in the preseason last year, then we didn't really see him once the season started.

Heflin earned a place on the 53-man roster last year, but the job won't get any easier this year with the arrival of Jarran Reed, Devonte Wyatt and seventh-round pick Jonathan Ford. Heflin just needs to do what he did last year – work hard and be undeniable.

Brian from Twain Harte, CA

I look forward to the dead zone. It means we are one step closer to the preseason and opening day. The draft and free agency period are OK, but I want actual games and the DZ tells me that preseason is just around the corner. Also, the DZ means that we will soon have the Outsider Inbox. I look forward to that much more than the free agency frenzy.

The night is always darkest just before the dawn (of training camp).

Julian from Gastonia, NC

Do you think the Packers being routed by the Saints on opening day last year will give them an edge preparing and performing for their opener this year?

Perhaps. Last year's opener was like hearing your alarm ring and then getting punched in the face before you can even open your eyelids.

Steve from Ankeny, IA

I've enjoyed Evan Siegle's photos for years, but until today I never looked at the "Through the Lens" section, where he describes his pictures, what he was thinking, and how he took them. It is amazing. I highly recommend anyone who has not looked at that section take the time to do it. What a great, unsung talent that man has!

Evan does a fantastic job with that series. If you haven't checked it out already, please do. Even by reading just one of the articles, you gain a greater appreciation for photography and the decisions Evan makes in the fraction of a second. He's world class.

Team photographer Evan Siegle shares his favorite photos from the 2021 Green Bay Packers season.

James from Santa Maria, CA

Hey there, don't know if it's too late to throw my hat in the ring on the sounds in sports but I had to share this. I had the rare chance to observe a practice of Olympic gymnasts, and the sound of the power and explosiveness of a tumbling run, up close, you can feel in your chest … just amazing! If you ever get the chance, you have to experience it, you must.

That's the best answer to date. I've only witnessed it once, but it's legit.

Tom from Green Lake, WI

Good morning. Now that the players don't have organized activities, are they staying in shape at home on their own? Do some have personal trainers for times like this? Do some stay in Green Bay and utilize the Packers facility? Thank you.

All the above, Tom.

Fred from La Crosse, WI

To go along with Ted from Amherst, NY. I'm an economist. We call what he referred to as an opportunity cost. When a choice is made another choice or choices are lost.

And here I just thought "Opportunity Cost" was a G-Eazy song.

Christopher from Frederick, MD

When it comes to former Packers who stayed in the division, are there any other players who were still genuinely loved by the fanbase like Jamaal Williams is still loved? I honestly think if he scored a TD in Lambeau as a Lion, he would be allowed to do a Lambeau Leap.

The only name coming to mind for me was Edgar Bennett going to Chicago.

Dave from Lake Zurich, IL

Worst sound in sports? My frat brothers and I were watching arm wrestling on TV. Suddenly the guy's wrist bone snapped. It sounded like a rifle shot. After that, I turned down all offers to arm wrestle.

Glad to see I turned the tide in the "best sounds in sports" discussion.

Jim from Blythewood, SC

Wes, I took my 5-year-old son to his first Brewers game. We got great seats a couple rows up from the first-base dugout. Same thing. I don't remember the batter but same thing, a smash right at us. I distinctly remember seeing that ball coming at me in slow motion, and thinking "this is going to hurt." I just put my hand up in front of me, and took the ball flat in my palm. Major OUCH, but turns out, the lady behind me had a baby in her lap. If I'd have moved, the baby would have gotten it.

It's a good thing you were there.

Robert from Harris, MN

You can have a drawback without a trade-off but you can't have a trade-off without a drawback.

And a donut with no hole, is a Danish.

Jeff from Littlefork, MN

Seeing Spoff promote Wes's article on Quay Walker got me wondering. How are writing assignments doled out? Is it old-fashioned schoolyard pick 'em? Can someone claim seniority and say, "I get to write about this first-round pick, not you"?

Well, there's no wrestling match or feats of strength, if that's what you're asking. It is a highly scientific process, though. Spoff comes up and asks, "So, what ya got?" I give him my story ideas and Mike goes, "Great. I'll put together a list for Jen." As you can see, the process is about as exciting as an old married couple trying to figure out what to eat on Sunday night after "Matlock."

Bruce from Jackson, WI

Wes, great piece on Quay Walker! With the attitude and drive that you captured so well in your article, you have to cheer this young man on! It's obvious when you meet some folks for the first time they have it all together and are going to succeed. As an example, I met Eugene Robinson in Green Bay the day he signed with the Packers. He watched a late movie at the Bay Park and asked me to call him a cab at midnight. We talked about GB and the Packers for a half hour. Easy going and down to earth. GPG!

Ha. That's a very cool story that could've easily been an answer to one of the Outsider Inbox questions. Stay tuned.

David from Green Bay, WI

One drawback with the laser goalposts seems to be the fact that even a ball grazing the inside of the beam would get sizzled instead of how it would deflect off the inside of an upright and still pass over the cross bar for a good field goal. Might reduce the number of successful field goals and upset the kickers across the league.

Laser goalposts working their way back into the Inbox vernacular tells me it officially is time for Outsider Inbox. You'll find the first six questions for Outsider Inbox V below. Spoff will supply the next six on Friday. Again, OI runs July 4-9 exclusively on packers.com. Feel free to submit responses to one question or all 12 in as many 500-character submissions as necessary. The most thoughtful and unique responses are the ones most likely to be posted. I'll do my best to spread the wealth. Enjoy!

1. Who is on your NFL Mt. Rushmore?

2. What's your personal routine for reading Insider Inbox?

3. How did you become a Packers fan?

4. What is your slogan for an Insider Inbox T-shirt?

5. What's the most memorable interaction you've had with a Packers player?

6. How did you discover Ask Vic/Insider Inbox?

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