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Inbox: This level seems pretty standard

Wide receivers Allen Lazard, Malik Taylor, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Wide receivers Allen Lazard, Malik Taylor, Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Jon from Eden Prairie, MN

What if I show up to practice in a flying DeLorean with Doc Brown and Vince Lombardi?

The only way that answer is better is if you’re also bringing Dan Devine’s dog.

Mick from Madison, WI

As we approach preseason and Family Night, it's hard to imagine how David Bakhtiari got his start coming from a fourth-round pick and thrust into a MAJOR position quickly. We often forget the diamond in the rough can come from anywhere on the roster. Today, David is one the elite players in the game. This fall, we will see what other diamonds can be located and polished to a shine.

True enough, but we don’t need another Family Night like the one that started Bakhtiari’s career, please. Thank you.

Jennifer from Middleton, WI

I can’t believe Larry left us hanging on the only person to beat out Kuhn. Pro Football Reference tells me Antonio Freeman with 12. But really what blew me away is the league leaders: Jerry Rice with 22, Emmitt Smith and Thurman Thomas with 21! I do not miss those dynasty days. The league is so much more competitive and balanced now.

Yet it also speaks to how many different guys with whom Brady has done it over the years.

Neal from Fort Worth, TX

LB Markus Jones had impressive stats even if it was a DII school. What jumped out to me was 12 blocked kicks in 45 games! What's he putting in his Cheerios?

Hopefully nothing Mike Daniels suggests.

Dan from Kenosha, WI

With all the fuss over the inflexibility of the new offense and its effect on Rodgers, are we missing the fact that this could make QB2 more effective should he be called upon? Perhaps the former scheme was too reliant on Aaron’s experience and artistry, making it impossible for any backup to execute.

I wouldn’t go that far. It ultimately comes down to the player. Matt Flynn did just fine filling in for Rodgers on multiple occasions.

Brian from Schertz, TX

It seems covering training camp practices would be busier and harder to observe than a regular-season game. There are many activities going on simultaneously and 90 players to track. Do you find it calms down a bit when the regular season starts?

Well, we only get to watch a brief portion of regular-season practices, so at that point the games are all we get.

Dan from Grand Rapids, MI

They don't need Za’Darius Smith to be Khalil Mack, but I don't think you'll hear too much complaining at 1241 Lombardi Ave. if he comes close to that production.

Nor at 1265 Lombardi Ave., but who’s counting.

Michael from Morrison, IL

Mike/Wes, the questions about Mason Crosby's job security (no matter how unfounded) got me thinking about the franchise's consistency at the position. Since 1989, only five individuals have handled placekicking duties for the Packers in a regular-season or postseason game: Chris Jacke (1989-96), Craig Hentrich (three games in 1995), Ryan Longwell (1997-2005), Dave Rayner (2006) and Crosby (2007-present). Pretty impressive considering how quickly some teams move through kickers.

No doubt. Twenty-nine years yet only three kickers for all but 19 games. It stands out, for sure.

Kyra from Cranston, RI

I think Trevor Davis and Corey Grant could make an electrifying return duo. What do you think the odds both make the roster are?

If they both prove their value on special teams aside from return-man duties, the odds improve.

Tom from Walker, MI

Which UDFA has the best chance at making the roster?

There’s no way to answer that just seven practices in.

Jordan from Lawrenceburg, KY

If the Packers started a "Lambeau Field Media Tour" where we could see where you all work, see the press box, learn about the processes of Packers Media, and meet you, I would definitely go on it and I believe it would become a popular tour for many of the fans. I know you all are lighthearted when fans joke about wanting to meet you, but from the public eye, you guys are celebrities within the Packers organization. Keep up the great work.

The idea of a J. Peterman-like “Spoffkiewicz Reality Tour” is way too funny for me. Selection of the guide would be critical, of course.

Jim from McLean, VA

I can now see why the Insiders were so excited to see the camp battle at receiver. It’s wonderful to hear so many great compliments about countless players and will be sad to see some not make the 53. When was the last time you’ve seen so much potential at the position?

Honestly, it feels like this every year now. The college game cranks out receivers like nobody’s business. This level of competition at the position seems pretty standard. But however it shakes out, probably the deepest group I’ve seen was in 2012, when the Packers had Jennings, Nelson, Driver, Jones, Cobb and three young guys behind them in Jarrett Boykin, Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel also fighting for snaps.

Tim from Oconomowoc, WI

In response to the question about why it takes players a couple of years to get in their best shape...it takes maturity to understand the wisdom of “you can never be too rich or too thin.”

Problems I do not have.

Mark from Westminster, CO

If you could shadow one coach and one player for a week, who would you choose and why?

Probably an undrafted rookie and a quality control coach. I think I’d learn a lot about what life is like fighting for your livelihood and the true grunt work of the NFL coaching business.

Robert from Katy, TX

Which preseason game is going to be most impactful for Matt LaFleur?

For a first-time head coach, the answer is always the next one.

Sandy from Green Bay, WI

Do you feel there is any truth to the often-heard sentiment that Aaron Rodgers' competitive nature is additionally motivated by "playing with a chip on his shoulder" resulting from comments/observations generated in discussions of NFL matters?

It was definitely true earlier in his career. I’m not sure how much that’s true today. I think he’s more motivated now by the legacy he’s going to leave, and that legacy will be greatly enhanced with another Super Bowl title. I’m not certain too much else has an impact anymore.

Dave from Coloma, MI

For Russell from Des Moines, IA, the most teams to go to the playoffs from one year to the next since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams is eight. It has happened three times. The most from either conference was in 2012 when the AFC had five teams repeat from the previous year. Total breakdown: four teams (2 times), five teams (7 times), six teams (6 times), seven teams (10 times), and eight teams (3 times). Just don't tell my boss this was the statistical research I was working on today.

Hats off to Glen from Eugene, OR, for the research he did as well. The eight-team “mosts” occurred in 2015, 2012 and 1995.

Nathanael from Belle Plaine, MN

Seeing MVS working with Moss reminds me of one of my high school homecoming games. It was an ordinary game, until four Minnesota Vikings showed up, including Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss. Word spread that Moss was working with one of the opposing team's receivers. His name was Larry Fitzgerald. Here's hoping this Moss mentorship turns out anywhere near as good!

Let’s keep it real, though, and remember that Moss was the 21st overall pick and Fitzgerald the third overall, in their respective draft years. MVS was No. 174. I’m going to enjoy every bit of his progress and hope I cover a great career, but some perspective is in order.

Phil from Madison, WI

With Cole Madison being out of pads for 18 months and dealing with some difficult personal issues, it seems like it would be very hard to maintain his weight, strength and conditioning. Can you speak to when he started working his way back into shape and how long that takes at this level? Is he where he wants to be yet?

Wes has a feature story on Madison posting later this morning. I encourage you to check it out.

Eric from Calgary, Alberta

Hey Mike/Wes, first time asking a question, and it's a doozy – do you guys sit up in the press box on Family Night or are you down on the field like at practice?

We’re up in the press box, but we’ll be down on the field a couple of hours beforehand going live on the Packers’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, for those who care to join us.

Chun from El Monte, CA

What will be the biggest change this offseason to the special-teams unit? Have you seen any improvements so far? We haven't heard much about ST this offseason and it has cost us many games in the past and we have been in the bottom of the league for years.

The preseason games will give us the first semi-meaningful glimpse.

Eric from Reedsburg, WI

Do rookie players learn more from the veteran players or from the coaching personnel?

Ideally, they learn scheme and technique from their coaches and how to execute those like a pro from the veteran players. That’s the most productive combination.

Larry from Jensen Beach, FL

During training camp, with so much on the line for individual players, how do the players strike a balance between being aggressive (trying to stand out, make the team) and not being too rough, possibly causing injury to fellow teammates? It seems that so much of what is valued during the season would be hard to distinguish in practices now.

Put alignment, assignment and technique on film, and if the ball comes your way, make a play on it. Stay aggressive, but leave the finish to the aggression to the preseason games against an opponent. No one makes the team with just his practice film.

The Packers biked to work for practice No. 7 at Ray Nitschke Field.

Matt from Waukesha, WI

When doing 11-on-11 drills, will they keep the same 11 players for X number of plays or an entire drive, or will they rotate some players in and out during the plays/drive like they would during a game?

Both. If they’re going up-tempo or two-minute, it’s often the same personnel group throughout, otherwise shuffling is common.

Ric from Longmont, CO

It seems the Texans are making a sacrifice by leaving the comforts of home for the joint practices. Do you think there might be quid pro quo involved next season, or is there some other incentive for them to do so?

Mark Murphy said at last week’s shareholders meeting the Texans did not demand a return trip in kind from the Packers, so that made it easy for the organization to agree to the arrangement.

Chris from New York, NY

In response to your answer about the strike zone, "No way, no how. Once they go to automated strike zones, it’ll be whole hog, not some partial, in-between concoction." Why do you think this? This has worked for tennis really well.

There’s no comparison to tennis in the mechanics of the games. For all the work baseball is trying to do to speed up the game and eliminate dead time, there’s no way they’ll ever make balls and strikes subject to electronic review. Once they’re fully confident in the technology, they’ll use it to make the calls in real time, not after the fact.

Scott from Minneapolis, MN

What are the details of a “scripted” practice? Do the players know the script ahead of time so they know what to prepare for?

It’s when the plays in 11-on-11 are scripted in advance, often with the offensive and defensive coaches wanting to pit certain looks against one another to see how the players react and perform. The players get to see the script in advance for their side of the ball, but not for the other side.

Tyler from Kaukauna, WI

Who has been the biggest surprise in training camp so far?

Mother Nature. I was afraid we were in for a brutal month the way the first weekend went, but this past week has been gorgeous. Now I’m sure I jinxed it.

Darren from Kingston, Ontario

“See ball, get ball.” Does it get any simpler than that? Great quote from a great player.

My favorite moment with Alexander this past offseason was when I sat down with him for a Yearbook story interview, and we were talking about last year’s Rams game, when he was all over the yard with five pass breakups. He said the difference this year will be if he gets his hands on the ball five times in a game, he expects at least one or two picks.

Josh from Desert Hot Springs, CA

A question was asked during Brian's interview that got me wondering, do other teams in the league have a Family Night that gives the younger players a chance to get a feel for what it's like in an NFL stadium under the big lights? Or is that something that is unique to the Packers organization?

I’ve heard of other teams doing something similar on occasion (Carolina and Chicago come to mind), but I haven’t heard of anyone getting the crowds Green Bay draws. Happy Friday and enjoy Family Night, everyone.

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