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The next six weeks are for learning, developing and adapting

RB AJ Dillon
RB AJ Dillon

Rick from Trempealeau, WI

Wes, sorry to hear you were discombobulated. But I'm glad to hear you were able to recombobulate and now, hopefully, are ultracombobulated for training camp.

I wouldn't say I was discombobulated then or recombobulated now. I'm just feel combobulated, which must mean it's almost time for training camp.

Jason from Hartselle, AL

Follow-up to Tom from Woodbury's question yesterday: Wes said he saw no correlation between Aaron Rodgers' INT rate vs. the experience of his receiving corps in 2018, but I see that he was sacked 49 times that season, which was the most he'd taken since 2012. Maybe because of his still-developing chemistry with the WR/TE group? How will Rodgers and the offense prepare to see that he isn't taking too many hits when there is clearly going to be some growing pains in developing chemistry with receivers?

For sure. I' m not saying the changes at receiver won't affect Rodgers in some regard. I'm sure it will. But I also don't think it's as easy as saying "Well, now he's going to throw more INTs or take more sacks." Rodgers and the Packers' offense will adjust. That's what the next six weeks are for – learning, developing and adapting.

Al from Green Bay, WI

From the perspective of the coaching staff, what are the expectations of the draft class? I'm imagining the first-rounders are expected to be starters and/or strong contributors, displaying their ability early in camp. What are reasonable expectations for the rest of the draft class?

As the great Dwayne Johnson once said: "Just bring it." Bring your energy, bring your gifts and don't forget your playbook. As Aaron Rodgers said in the spring, the expectations need to be realistic for the rookie receivers and really any of these draft picks. Mistakes will be made. How do you bounce back from them? The Packers are looking for these young guys to keep their ears open in the classroom and show promise on the practice field. That's it.

Jake from Decatur, GA

Something I've been thinking about since a question last week…Davante Adams' departure means our offensive game planning and other teams' defensive game planning will both be a lot harder to anticipate/counter, I suspect even late into the season. Does that kind of unpredictability generally favor one side of the ball? I'm hoping it favors the more creative coach. I can see us winning that matchup more often than not.

I agree. I think of the 49ers and their collection of running backs or all the different receivers the Patriots featured during Tom Brady's time in New England. Uncertainty can be scary but it's also a chance for even more offensive ingenuity. Great coaches rise to that challenge and Matt LaFleur is a great football coach.

Steve from Colorado Springs, CO

With training camp upon us I can't help but go back to my high school days of how much the dreaded two-a-days weighed on me. I can only imagine the pressure and stress on the 90. Take heart guys, we all know that adversity brings perseverance; and with perseverance comes character, and with character, as Wes and Gerry from Richmond noted so eloquently, comes hope. Good luck to all you guys!

I'm sure camp is stressful and pressure-packed for players, but this is also the time of year competitors live for. I mean, think about it – the young guys who have been all classroom and walk-throughs finally get a chance to let it rip while the many veterans are jumping back into saddle after endless months of training. Best part? No more dreaded two-a-days.

Dominic from Chesapeake, VA

Hey guys, "Hopes, but not expectations," "No gimmicks, just Greatness!" and Lori's poem – great Inbox today. You become our eyes and ears for the Packers during training camp. I have never been this excited about our inside LBs but have concern about our OLB's depth. Besides, Smith and Gary, who do see as the guy (s) to watch at OLB. My gut says Kingsley could make a real splash. Thanks.

The Packers believe in their young guys. Much like Quay Walker, Kingsley Enagbare is going to get his shot – especially in the preseason where it's unlikely Preston Smith and Rashan Gary play at all. For a rookie fifth-round pick, Enagbare couldn't have asked for a better opportunity. This is also a big summer for Jonathan Garvin, who's now entering his third NFL season.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

A procedural question, Wes. Players that start camp on the PUP list are eligible to be activated at any point during camp and players that remain on PUP at the start of the regular season aren't eligible to be activated until Week 6. Is that correct?

You got it, Bucko. They can start practicing again after Week 3, I believe.

Steve from Hurricane, UT

The countdown articles are very informative Wes. I keep going back to your O-line piece. Don't you think all the other questions are moot (OLB/corner/safety depth, skill at receiver ST, and the rest) if we can't get back to having one of the best offensive lines? Isn't that really where it all begins, on the O and D lines?

I don't know if it's quite that extreme, but the line is critical to what the Packers do offensively. It's a different ballgame when you have David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins locking down one side of the field. Again, I'm just excited to see who emerges at the guard positions and right tackle. However it shakes out, I expect the arrival of that rookie class to bring the best out of Jon Runyan, Royce Newman and Yosh Nijman this summer.

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Dar from Mansfield, TX

Wes, what's your favorite one-on-one drill? And why?

It's definitely one-on-one pass rush between the offensive and defensive lines. I know it's not a true simulation of a game situation but it's both entertaining and educational. You clear some of the clutter and really get to see footwork, power and technique all in play. Watching David Bakhtiari thrive in that drill back in 2013 and '14 was a real treat. It's also where you notice more under-the-radar rookies such as Corey Linsley, Greg Van Roten and Jayrone Elliott.

Keith from La Pine, OR

"Whatcha gonna do when the well runs dry." Packers fans have been so spoiled for 30 years, but with the organizational strength, I believe there is no reason to worry. Just enjoy the quality! Do you think this is due to the community-owned element or something else?

I think it has to do with two things – quality player acquisition and the Packers being a community-owned team with everyone rowing in the same direction. Mark Murphy is a perfect President/CEO in that regard. He was an All-Pro player and Super Bowl champion. He knows what it takes to win and how that process starts with the men inside that locker room.

Dave from Waterford, OH

In response to Joe from Pittsburgh's commentary about the longevity of today's quarterbacks versus the field generals from yesteryear, I find it quite amazing that any of those 60's and 70's quarterbacks played into their mid-30s. The punishment they endured was borderline criminal! Yinz guys (we said that in Youngstown, too!) that watched that era of football know what I'm saying.

I can't imagine; even seeing what Joe Theismann, Jim McMahon, Lynn Dickey and Don Majkowski went through in the 1980s. It's a different game…and that's a good thing.

Ben from Pensacola, FL

Would it be too much of a liability to have an intern write the II? More edit work for you and Spoff? Or is it that the intern program is set to where each intern has a specific role to fill, and that fill doesn't leave any room on the plate? Quite frankly, either would work, I guess.

Each intern? We have one intern. Her name is Jen, and she has enough on her plate for two full-timers. She doesn't have time to write an update on how the fifth-string cornerback is performing.

Rob from Spring Lake, NJ

Wanted to combine a late entry into the "best nickname" Outbox question with the recent II Headline "No gimmicks. Just 'Greatness'. Back in 2003, IBM ran full page newspaper ads touting the company's Digital Media Solutions business with the NFL. While there was a small amount of print verbiage at the bottom of the ad, the majority of the ad was a huge picture of an intense Ray Nitschke....again in small print, imbedded in the picture was simply: "Didn't have a nickname. Didn't need one."


Scott from Iron Mountain, MI

Long time reader here. A comment about your Wordle response. I too am not interested in fads, but Wordle has created a daily good-natured competition between two of my sisters. one in Wausau and one in Philadelphia. We are a close-knit family. This silly game brings us even a little closer. I think that's a good thing. Give it a try.

Maybe someday I'll check it out. I tend to be a laggard with most of these things. I first started watching "Squid Game" last week. That and "Queen's Gambit" are the only two shows I've watched since "Thrones" ended three years ago.

Lynn from Luck, WI

Parallel universe event no doubt. My wife and I are visiting our Montana family. Our son and I sat down last night and turned the TV on. "The Outlaw Josey Wales" scene with, "Iron in his words" is the first thing we watched…only to have it pop up today in II. GPG

It was simply meant to be, Lynn.

James from Chicago, IL

No offense to the bike messenger, but it ain't about money. I used to work a job where I got mentally beat up daily by a sales staff who didn't care and a boss who was micromanager. When I resigned, my boss asked if I'd allow them to match the offer. My response, "The new job, I'll be making less money." I took a pay cut to get out of a job where I was miserable. When you're getting beat up every day (physically or mentally) in a job your heart isn't in, the money doesn't make it worth it.

Amen. That's also an incredible mic drop. I hope the change worked out for the better.

Ferdinand from Woodbury, MN

I would ask how you're doing Weston, but you're obviously well-rested and lighting it up for all of us again. I can't decide which t-shirt to buy now. "II: No gimmicks. Just greatness" or "II: Quagmire-proof"!

Ha. Inbox is definitely not quagmire-proof.

Doug from Neenah, WI

"No gimmicks, just 'Greatness.'" Now there's a slogan for your Insider Inbox T-shirts.

I may need to trademark that.

Curtis from Brookfield, WI

Hey guys, I was at the shareholders meeting today, saw Wes in the distance. Now I know why we don't have to many noon games. Mark made it clear.

He sure did.

Jeffrey from De Pere, WI

Hey Insiders, I know you two prefer more noon kickoff times, but does Murphy's feeling that the more noon kickoffs mean they are a bad team seem pretty accurate?

It is true. The NFL wants its best teams to be in as many households as possible and the Packers are must-see football.

Wayne from Lake Hallie, WI

I have no question, but rather a comment, because I am still laughing out loud at Mike's response to the bike courier. In ESPN terms, his reply "go ahead and crash your bike into a wall a couple dozen times every Sunday this fall and get back to me" is an INSTANT CLASSIC!

Spoff definitely threw his best pitch before heading back to the dugout.

David from Sheridan, WY

Methane explosion, roof fall, low oxygen, fire, flooding, long term exposure leads to black lung. I was an underground coal miner several years. Twelve thousand feet deep, often 4-7 miles away from the elevator to the surface. Some days crawl 2-7 miles to examine old workings and monitor air conditions. Got a lot of cuts and bruises, but some guys had worse. I figure this thread is probably over, but I just wanted to share.

God bless you, David. Stay safe.

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Kenton from Rochester, MN

A lot of this discussion in II about why athletes are paid what they are, misses the essential point: We exist in a capitalistic economy. The reason Aaron Rodgers makes more money than I do (even though I might work just as hard or harder) is because literally millions of people are willing (and eager) to give their time and money to watch him do what he does. To watch me, not so much. End of discussion.

Don't sell yourself short, Judge. I'd pay a small fortune to watch you work.

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Wes, when can we expect the highly anticipated "Pa Hod Goes to a Shareholders Meeting" exclusive story?

Unfortunately, no. He went golfing instead. Next year!

Mike from St Louis Park, MN

Look out Dean, Lori is coming for you!

I think Dean retired his poetry quill. But maybe I'll leave the last Saturday post to a rotating group of submitters this year.

Bruce from Jackson, WI

The clock is counting down

As well as the days

For the men who play football

In the city of Green Bay

Training camp is here

And the pads go on

Rookies and veterans

Step up without fear

Some talk of rebuilding

But most disagree

With Rodgers behind center

He's a Three-Peat MVP

From Jones and Dillon

Pounding the run

To Rashan and Quay

Stuffing it for fun

So all aboard

To Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix

For the Win and Record

Fourteen Championship

And here's Bruce from Jackson, wanting all the smoke.

Matt from Troy, MO

So, what do we know about our new tight end, Sal Cannella? I'm intrigued by this signing.

I'll leave that one for Jen. Have a great day, folks.