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Inbox: Those types of prospects find a way to win

The conditions are perfect for AJ Dillon to become a real force in the Packers’ offense

T/G Sean Rhyan
T/G Sean Rhyan

Primo from Portland, OR

Hey guys, what is one question you've wanted to be asked in Inbox but haven't and how would you answer it? Appreciate you!!

"How are you doing today, Weston?" Fine, thank you. I hope you all had a pleasant weekend. OK, let's get started.

Adam from Spring Hill, TN

Which offensive lineman selected in this year's draft do you think has the best shot at starting?

I'm high on Zach Tom's upside. I enjoyed watching him during rookie minicamp. He's a gritty, violent lineman with active feet. But if we're talking right away in Year 1, I'm going to go with Sean Rhyan. He has a buildable frame, natural athleticism and looks like the type of lineman you could plug in at either guard or tackle and he'll do the job. Those types of prospects find a way to win.

Rusty from Eustace, TX

Odd statement as it's currently 90-plus degrees, but I'm definitely hoping for a more run-centric offense, especially when the weather turns. I feel we have the backs and the line for smash-mouth football! What say you?

It's all on the table, Rusty. The Packers are just waiting for the permission to eat. They have the backs, the scheme and the offensive linemen to play smash-mouth football.

Scott from Las Vegas, NV

I kinda get the feeling Romeo Doubs will end up being a great WR. He and Aaron Jones both had great stats in college but played at smaller, lesser-known schools and picked in later rounds of the draft. I think Gutey is good in finding these diamonds in the rough.

We shall see. We still have a very, very long way to go. But the more plays these rookie receivers make during the offseason program, the more confident they'll feel going into camp. Again, Doubs has looked the part early on.

Sean from Boulder, CO

I think this defense, and backfield, will merit having a nickname but "No Fly Zone" has already been taken by the Denver Broncos.

Is the "You Shall Not Pass (…I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow)" zone taken as a secondary moniker? Rolls right off the tongue.

Cheis from Sturgeon County, Canada

Hey gang! I don't know why the bad feedback for English cuisine. The wife and I spent 11 days in and around London. We never went hungry. More importantly, what are some initial thoughts at the special teams make up of the current roster? I imagine there will be significant changes from years past.

We were allowed inside the Hutson Center during a punt coverage period last week and I was blown away by the efficiencies in and out of the drill. Efficiency in practice is what leads to efficiency in games because players know their assignments.

The Green Bay Packers held practice on Tuesday, May 24 at Ray Nitschke Field for the start of Organized Team Activities.

Dennis from Parrish, FL

I am an Iowa graduate. A great trivia question is, how many Iowa State players have the Green Bay Packers drafted? Believe it or not, after the 2022 draft, the answer is, exactly zero! Hard to believe. However, No. 13 is actually one of my favorite players!

Allen Lazard, undrafted and invaluable.

Christopher from Frederick, MD

Do you think Randall Cobb has done enough to warrant consideration for the Packers Hall of Fame?

Absolutely. Cobb is the sixth-leading pass-catcher in team history. Everyone else in the top 20 is in besides Davante Adams (second), Jordy Nelson (fourth) and James Jones (11) – and they should all go in, too, one day.

Bret from Hertel, WI

Dear Wes and Mike, with all the excitement of this year draft class and expectations of second-year players, which third-year players could have the biggest impact and or improvement to help the 2022 roster? Hope you both had a humble and restful holiday weekend!

Josiah Deguara remains my pick to take a big jump in Year 3, but I also think this is the year of the takeover for AJ Dillon. I feel like the conditions are perfect for Dillon to become a real force in this offense.

Pete from Hillsborough, NC

In the Week 1 matchup, who do you think will benefit most from familiarity, Za'Darius or the GB offensive line?

The Packers' offensive line.

Tom from Dade City, FL

G'mornin' II. What is the latest pertaining to our unsigned players? Has Lazard been to practices and is there any movement on his contract? Any news on Christian Watson signing? Are there any worries about either? Thanks for keeping us (especially me) in the know!

I'm not worried, Tom. I don't think Logan Hall (No. 33) has signed, either. It ain't 2009 no more. Rookie negotiations aren't as complicated as they once were. I assume Watson's camp and the Packers will figure out the guaranteed money and get something done in time for camp. Until I hear differently, I'm expecting Lazard will be in town for next week's minicamp and sign his tender then. At least, that's what Robert Tonyan did last year.

Dave from Wasott, WI

Bud Grant has a great idea. He said the NFL should not allow kneel downs to run out the clock. The clock would stop if you don't gain at least a yard. I think this could add some drama to the end of the game. Your thoughts.

With all due respect to Mr. Grant, I wouldn't be in favor of it. There's enough natural drama in the game of football already. We don't need to manufacture it. Why is the burden of proof to move the ball on the team that positioned itself to win the game during the first 58 minutes? Inevitably, it would lead to more QB sneaks, subjective ball placements by officials and possible injuries.

Kandy from Wilmington, IL

Hi guys, regarding the schedule, do you know if all games listed with an asterisk are subject to change? Also, the Nov. 17 game against Tennessee shows on Amazon Prime. I don't have Amazon Prime. Will this be available on ESPN or on the Packers app? The date has a special meaning and I really want to see the PACK WIN!

Any game with an asterisk is subject to being flexed into primetime. As far as the Week 11 game, I fear Amazon Prime will be the only place for out-of-towners to watch the Packers and Titans.

Bob from Honolulu, HI

Hi Wes, with the vets being given reps off, do you look forward to your (green and) golden years as Professor Hodkiewicz, emeritus, when you get days off?

Fast forward to the first day of Packers training camp in 2028…

Q: "Where is Wes?"

A: "Veteran rest day…"

Q: "…he's 40."

A: "Just wait until you see him at 50."

Jeffery from Brooklyn, WI

Hello II, inquiring minds need to know…who runs the faster 40 between you two?

"Faster" is not the correct comparative adjective. I may have Spoff beat by a step or two just based on the circle of life. But in Spoff's Lawrence baseball days, the outcome wouldn't be in question unless Mike tears something.

Nicholas from Baltimore, MD

Don't understand why there's any question over the Packers London meal. Bangers and mash, mate!

Why do all these entrees sound like nicknames for '80s WWF tag teams?

Phil from Burlington, WI

No, no, no. When in Las Vegas the correct place to get a burger is Bobby's Burger Palace. This is Chef Bobby Flay's chain and no other fast burger even comes close. In and Out burgers are just OK, and their fries are terrible. Bobby's fries are really good, maybe even better than 5 Guys fries. Seriously.

I've seen Bobby's Burger Palace in airports before, but never had the time (or money) to try one.

Wayne from Stevens Point, WI

Hi, "Various sausages?" I need a definition here. I have yet to eat a British Isle sausage worth the two S's it takes to spell the word. I don't know what they use to fill the intestine, but we wouldn't call it meat. It is more like ground cardboard. The best sausages are right here in Wisconsin. Try Neimuth's in Waupaca where their sign says, "You didn't get here by accident". The British brought curry back from India and do a good job. Lamb curry can be great. Don't ignore pub grub.

Tally another one for Hod being headed to the pub for grub after arriving in London.

Brian from Twain Harte, CA

Hello Mike and Wes. Have you ever considered having some of the II readers as guest editor for a day? I would love to give it a shot. My wife says I make a lot of snarky remarks and use a lot of obscure references. Plus, I am a big proponent of the Oxford comma! What say you?

That's a risk we can't afford to take.

Jonathan from Las Vegas, NV

Wes, the Nicolas Cage answer may be my favorite answer ever, and there have been some real treats here over the years. Very, very funny sir.

Thank you very little.

Kurtis from De Pere, WI

What do they call crisps then? A "Royale with cheese" if I remember correctly.

Check out the big brain on Kurtis. OK, everyone. We survived. Michael is back today with Round 2 of OTAs underway. We'll have stories and videos aplenty on throughout the day. Have a great Tuesday.