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You don’t break a 30-year-old record like Dontayvion Wicks did by accident

Packers QB Jordan Love & RB Aaron Jones
Packers QB Jordan Love & RB Aaron Jones

Lori from Heredia, Costa Rica

Hey Weston, a project in Verona, you say? Sounds Epic to me. Count me curious. When will your Epic project be revealed?

Ha, there were no Epic tours, but I can tell you it's an enterprise project that'll have both a video and written component to it. We still have a lot of work to do, so I can't give you a date yet. However, I'm super excited about it. Tyler Gajewski, Nick McGahan, and I had a fun day with some fine folks.

Dustin from Kansas City, MO

I'd like to be the first to apologize for all the DeAndre Hopkins questions you are about to get in the Inbox. I know you'll both be able to get through this trying time. Just stay the course. Godspeed gentlemen.

I saw the tweet of Hopkins' release on Friday afternoon and immediately began cursing Spoff's name. So, let's keep this short and sweet…I don't know if the Packers will have any interest in Hopkins. I don't know if Hopkins has any interest in the Packers. I have no opinion on whether the Packers should sign Hopkins. That just about covers it, no?

Joe from Louisville, KY

With the most glaring question that's gonna be in the Inbox, how much would this extremely young-yet talented-group of receivers benefit from someone as spectacular as Hopkins has been thus far in his career and whom I believe is gonna have an enormous chip on his shoulder following his shortened/suspended season? With the Cards eating most of the dead money, seems like an almost free one-year rental?

That part would be hugely beneficial, but Hopkins is 30 years old and had 717 receiving yards in nine games last year. Odell Beckham, who's also 30 and didn't play at all last year, just signed with Baltimore for $15 million. Needless to say, Hopkins will have many potential suitors.

John from Belleview, FL

Pundits seem to rank teams with flashy new rookie quarterbacks as having better chances than the Packers to make the playoffs. Jordan Love has been a three-year understudy of a future Hall of Famer. Pundits liked him as a potential draft choice. Why not now? More experience and a strong supporting cast. Do national sports writers have that short a memory? Or are they just drawn to shiny new objects?

That's a question for them. What I can tell you is Love is the center of the universe for this young football team. That locker room isn't concerned about how Love is perceived nationally. It cares about what he's doing each week to improve. If last week proved anything to me, it's this team is unified and determined. If that leads to wins, I'm sure the pundits will jump aboard the bandwagon soon enough. They always do.

Joe from Las Vegas, NV

Hi everyone. Usually, all my questions are answered before I submit them. My question today is does anyone know what facility the draft will be held at?

Yes and no. We know the NFL Draft will take place on the Lambeau Field campus (Lambeau Field, Titletown, Resch Expo and Resch Center) but we don't know where the draft stage will be yet. That's entirely up to the NFL. Everything we know is in my “Five Things” story from earlier this week.

Patrick from Hampton, VA

Very interested in the progress of Dontayvion Wicks from UVA? Based on Wicks' 2021 performance, I feel the Packers got a steal. Lots of factors led to a disappointing 2022 season. If he returns to form, Wicks may be more valuable than Jayden Reed.

Wicks had a solid practice Tuesday. I didn't keep an official tally but wouldn't be surprised if Wicks had the most catches of any receiver in 11-on-11s. He has that frame the Packers look for in wideouts and is a better route-runner than you'd expect for a fifth-round rookie. Wicks is legit. You don't break a 30-year-old record by accident, let alone one previously established by Herman Moore.

Roger from McGrath, AK

Wes reminded us that we've kept as many as seven receivers in four of the last seven seasons but to do that somebody from that group needs to secure a spot on special teams. Who among our current group of young guys are likely special-team contributors and at which position?

Other than Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, every receiver on the roster needs to have We-fense top of mind. Whether the Packers carry a sixth or seventh receiver on the 53 will come down to what they offer on special teams. Jayden Reed and Bo Melton were both punt returners in college. Samori Toure, Wicks and Grant DuBose likely will be in the mix as gunner, as well.

David from Markinch, United Kingdom

Do you think AJ Dillon will still be at Green Bay in 2024 season given that his contract is in Year 4 without an option of fifth year added? I hope we can keep him and Jones for a few years more but doubt we have salary cap room, what do you think?

Only first-round picks have the fifth-year options. That's why Dillon is entering a contract year. I steer clear of making such predictions. A year ago, many folks didn't think Jones would be back this year given his escalating contract and yet here we are. Dillon doesn't need to worry about 2024 right now. All his attention needs to be on this upcoming season…and his beautiful baby son. The rest will work itself out on the grass.

Al from Green Bay, WI

There are so many questions that linger. Is LaFleur as good as his record suggests, or was he propped up by Aaron Rodgers? Will the draft capital invested in the defense yield a return? Can special teams become truly special? Will Love perform like a rookie or a fourth-year veteran? Will this young group of ball-catchers be dynamic? We will learn so much as the season unfolds. Which are the questions you just can't wait to get answered by this team?

I try to keep the emotion out of covering the Packers, but I'd love nothing more than for Green Bay to shock the world this year…then maybe, just maybe, LaFleur would receive some much-deserved credit.

Wayne from Lake Hallie, WI

Good morning! Just a follow up comment to Wes sharing his crazy weather experience of the 2003 preseason game against the Titans. I was also at the game that night and brought my wife for her first-ever Lambeau experience. I filled her head with how awesome Lambeau Field is and that even during preseason games the stadium is packed and the crowd electric. We still laugh at how truly electric it was that night. Memories make us rich!

Oh, it was electric all right…so electric I was ducking for cover.

Check out photos of the Green Bay Packers during their first week of organized team activities (OTAs).

Zachary from Dayville, CT

"I stayed until the bitter end of the 2003 preseason finale against the Tennessee Titans, which was delayed for 2½ hours due to thunderstorms. That was a wild night. I didn't leave Lambeau Field until like 1 a.m. CT." You and me both! Started in the enclosed club seats – gained mad props by coming back up with standard nachos and then finished the game at the 50-yard line outside. What crazy things fans will do that do not have season tickets! No way that game resumes in the NFL today!

Exactly. I think that was the only game I attended that year at Lambeau. Once the game resumed, I appreciate how fans were allowed to just move down near the field. I remember sitting in the bleachers with my dad and a friend of mine, with nobody within 20 feet of us in any direction.

TK from Grafton, WI

What would a player have to do to look bad during OTAs?

Oh, it happens, whether it is players looking out of place or getting yelled at by coaches. Receivers dropping passes or ball-carriers fumbling are also a big no-no. It's the offseason, but attention to detail matters this time of year.

Margeaux from Tallahassee, FL

Wes, I have a thought on expectations leading into this coming season: It's hopeful to have them; just don't expect them. Could this be something Yogi might have said?

It's like déjà vu all over again.

Tony from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I assume that Packers' ownership is unique to the NFL, and I'd like to believe it's played an important part to its success over the years, plus protected the team from being re-located. Barcelona's soccer team, which is publicly owned, has also been successful, but other professional sport teams appear to remain under private ownership? Considering the success story, do you believe it's still unlikely/impossible ($$) for another NFL team to move to public ownership?

It'll never happen again. The NFL is too big at this point. Green Bay will be the last NFL team owned by the community, not a billionaire.

Robert from Florence, AZ

Good morning, can we as fans contribute to help showcase our pride in the Packers and the Green Bay area to help build the best draft experience ever?

Eventually, yes. But we're probably still a year away from that step yet.

Will from Rochester, MN

With AR12 being traded, who will more than likely take up the reigns of team-captain photo bomber?

Rodgers pretty much stopped doing that in recent years, but Dillon would be a great candidate.

Jean from Leavenworth, IN

Wes, if you could have dinner with five retired Packers players, living or passed on, who would you choose?

Cecil Isbell, Curly Lambeau, Bart Starr, B.J. Raji, and LeRoy Butler.

Jeff from Indian Lake, NY

While Spoff's away Hod will play. These "Dodgeball" references have been right on the money. Now we just need to get the men in green and gold to come out of the tunnel with hissing double cobras. We are the Green Bay Packers. And we will, we will, ROCK YOU!

Ball me, Blazer.

Mike from New Orleans, LA

I wanted to let you know I've been doing an experiment here in II by submitting both my own questions and questions created by ChatGPT to see which are more likely to be answered. Turns out, not a single AI generated question was posted while a couple of the ones from my brain were. Very good to see you two sift through the dirt to find the gems. I promise this was written by a human. &*^%#&{error}&%#@%^

You have no idea how much joy this submission brought me, Mike.

Joe from Hampshire, IL

Wow Wes, Thursday was a banner day for Hampshire, IL; a trifecta with two from Spencer. My event suggestion for draft week 2025 is to take a page out of the Pulaski Polka Days playbook and have a Lombardi Avenue parade that includes several polka bands on 53-foot semi-flatbed trailers leading the charge.

I know one proud member of our broadcast department who would love nothing more.

Brian from Twain Harte, CA

If it is not too early, I would like to nominate John from Livermore for Insider of the Year. His posts are intelligent, plentiful, and it would be nice to have some west coast representation in the II Hall of Fame.

John from Livermore and Jeff from Indian Lake are on my shortlist of Most Improved/Active Insiders in 2022-23. Outsider Inbox questions will be posted June 28, by the way…one month from tomorrow. Getcha popcorn ready.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Maybe just put a retractable roof on Lambeau and have an 75,000 person sleep over? Wes can bring the Doritos and his Nintendo 64. I'll bring the root beer and Sega Genesis. Mom says we have to be quiet after 10 p.m.

It's on like Donkey Kong.

Jeffery from Brooklyn, WI

Happy Weekend, What's on the agenda?

Two more Inboxes, which means I'll talk to y'all on Monday. Have a safe weekend.

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