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Jordy Nelson is back where he belongs this offseason

Adversity can teach you a lot about a person


Braden from Brookfield, WI

One year after the ACL injury Jordy leads the league with 14 touchdowns and was ranked 48th in the "Top 100" player countdown on the NFL Network. How much better can he get this year? Usually Year 2 after an ACL injury a player returns to form.

The scariest part is I don't think we started to see the true Jordy Nelson until the second half of the season. I've always felt Nelson will play a long time in the league given his size, work ethic and finesse. I expect he'll be that much sharper in Week 1 with a full offseason program and camp in his back pocket. Nelson is back where he belongs this offseason – on the field.

Marino from Philadelphia, PA

Do you think our secondary will be a top 10 defense based on getting free agent Davon House and draft pick Kevin King?

It could be as simple as just staying healthy. The Packers had an incredibly young secondary in 2015 and finished sixth in pass defense with Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins playing significant snaps. There's no question Kevin King and Davon House should help both the competition and depth within that room.

Edwin from Madison, WI

What was your favorite non-scoring highlight from this past season? Mine is Ty Montgomery's 61-yard run against the Bears in Week 15.

Jared Cook catch in Dallas. I still don't know how he kept his feet inbounds.

Jeff from Ventura, CA

To piggyback on the many questions about Ty Montgomery's transition to RB, I wonder why he isn't getting a little more love from both the local and the national media. He has the size, strength and speed to match up with the premier backs in the league, he demonstrated the innate skills and vision when abruptly thrust into the position, and now has a full offseason to develop in areas like pass protection. I'm not asking if you think he will be a premier back in the league, so much as if you think he can be.

Montgomery has all the tools to have a long and prosperous NFL career. I'll leave it at that.

Greg from Yorktown, NY

While watching Ty Montgomery on ESPN all day yesterday, you can tell he's a very smart and humble individual. With your firsthand experience with him, can you attest to that and provide any other insight into what he is like as a teammate in the locker room?

I can't speak to what kind of teammate he is, but based on the testimony from his peers, it seems like Montgomery is a well-liked and respectful individual. I've always been impressed by how Montgomery carries himself. Even when he was battling the ankle issue in 2015, he answered every question he was asked even if he'd probably answered it several times before. Adversity can teach you a lot about a person.

Chad from Troy, MI

Insiders, if you are on a "forever patching" team, how do you go about transforming your team into a "favor youth" team? This seems increasingly more difficult if coaches and GMs only get 2-3 years to prove their approach will work. Is Cleveland the archetype with what they have been doing in stockpiling draft picks?

Only time will tell. I've said before how much I respect what the Browns are doing. Status quo wasn't working. They needed to do something different. They need to find their quarterback, though. Will it be Kizer? We'll see, but it's tough to build for the long term without a franchise QB.

Sean from Honolulu, HI

Insiders, what is your "Super Bowl" of the offseason? For me it is the draft because I have fully bought into the draft-and-develop approach the Packers have taken for years and it is always so exciting to see who the Packers take when they're on the clock.

The draft is fun, but I always like the first public practice of OTAs. It's the first time you get to see all the free agents, rookies and other offseason acquisitions on the field together for the first time. It's a reminder of how close we are to getting back to football.

Gary from Topeka, KS

Wes, am I the only one who is worried about the Packers' depth at center? What is the plan should something happen to Corey Linsley?

*Don Barclay is the backup center right now. He's caught a lot of flak from fans at times, but Barclay has been an incredibly durable and reliable reserve for five years in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers went out of his way last week to commend the team on bringing Barclay back. It speaks to his ability. He played center throughout the preseason last year and made major improvement along the way. *

Blaine from Bagley, WI

Wouldn't Callahan be another example of why an undrafted quarterback should take the time to check out Green Bay? The Packers found talent they liked and brought him back when other teams got rid of him. You never know when you will be needed in this game.

Scott Tolzien is a perfect example of that. In September 2013, he was on the practice squad. One month later, he was the Packers' starting quarterback. People often ask about how deep the Packers delve into scouting – Callahan is the epitome of how detailed the Packers are about scanning every level of college football for prospects.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Wes, it seems like different positions take varied amounts of time to adjust from college to the pros. RBs seem to adjust quickly and can make an early impact, while QBs generally seem to take the longest. I know there are exceptions with individual players, but overall in your opinion which are the easiest to the hardest positions for rookies to master and make an early impact?

It takes time to develop on both the offensive and defensive line. I can't tell you how many people have told me that many offensive linemen don't reach their prime until 28 or 29. It's not easy for a 22- or 23-year-old to come in and dominate guys who have four or five more years of physical maturity on them. It seems like tight ends also take a good season or two to develop.

Jerry from Harlingen, TX

Vic stated Rodgers has no flaw in his game. Holding onto the ball too long? Maybe because he's looking for a big play rather than a checkdown? Maybe?

That's never bothered me. His ability to run the scramble drill and wait for a potential big play is what has defined his Hall of Fame career and saved countless turnovers. He's smart, alert and savvy enough to execute in those situations. That's a positive, not a negative.

Sean Luc from Oceanside, CA

What stats does Jordy need to throw up in order to be respected in the "Top 100"?! I know you two don't take any salt in those standings but the league and its players are disrespecting Jordy's talent by putting him at 48. What's the deal?

I expected Nelson to be a little higher on the list, but I don't think anyone is losing sleep over it. It's a nice honor. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Chris from Eau Claire, WI

I was watching Jordy Nelson's "Top 100" video, and they talk about his speed and him and Rodgers on the same page. But there was no mention of his hands nor his boundary awareness. How important are those in Jordy's game? And did he retain most or all of his speed post-surgery?

Nelson's body control always has astounded me. He's so fluid and smooth. He also has the right disposition for the position. He doesn't panic. He executes. It doesn't matter whether it's the first quarter of last play of the game.

Charles from Omaha, NE

I am sure this is an incredibly basic question and I apologize, but what exactly is the difference between OTAs and training camp? Would the team not benefit from two training camps?

No dumb questions. OTAs differ from training camp in that there is no contact and also a cap on how long players can be at the facilities. It's just an opportunity to monitor conditioning, get new players familiar with the scheme and start installing the playbook.

Scotty from Lombard, IL

The versatility of many of the players on this team is very exciting to me. I can see some creative plays, such as a three tight-end set; Cobb or Ty running the Wildcat; and Cobb running the option. Your thoughts?

Potentially. No. And not seeing it. If you have 70 offensive snaps, I want Aaron Rodgers being the first individual touching the ball on 71 of them.

Rick from San Francisco, CA writes a lot of good information about the Packers' picks and undrafted free agents. It makes it sound like the entire class should have gone in the first three rounds. What would be interesting is to find out why guys like Amichia and Dupre went so late in the draft. Especially Amichia, the guy is a physical stud with great numbers and played a season with a bad kneecap.

Looking specifically at Amichia, I think it was simply a case of being an under-the-radar prospect. He wasn't invited to the combine. For whatever reason, teams don't tend to invest high draft picks on guards. There's no doubt in my mind Lane Taylor should've been drafted in 2013, but many teams get preoccupied chasing tackles instead. As the Packers have proven, you can make a lot of hay on the third day in drafting (and signing) guards and centers.

Robert from Orem, UT

I've noticed that every year the Packers are a Super Bowl-caliber team, but injuries seem to haunt us every year. Has there been an increased focus on prevention lately? Also, can you think of other teams that have had to overcome the injury hurdles like the Packers?

Every NFL team is trying to figure out new ways to keep its players healthy. I think the Packers have made good progress in monitoring soft-tissue injuries, but injuries are going to happen. Last year, Oakland and Miami were forced to deploy backup quarterbacks in the playoffs. Another postseason quarterback, Dak Prescott, only rose to his position after Tony Romo's injury. That's why you build the best 53- and 90-man rosters possible.

Steve from Broadstairs, United Kingdom

Is Walter Payton the greatest running back of all-time?

I've always been partial to Jim Brown and Barry Sanders, but Payton definitely is on the Mount Rushmore.

Mike from Stillwater, MN

I was checking the Saints' roster to see if John Kuhn was still on it. I smiled when I saw that he was. I wish him all the best this year except of course when the Saints come up here in October. But then I had a thought. There just seems to be something terribly wrong with Kuhn blocking for Adrian Peterson. Football is a game of funny bounces, isn't it?

It certainly is, though I'm glad to see Kuhn back for another season. If everything goes according to plan, it'll be fun to see him back at Lambeau Field in October.

Larry from Grand Marsh, WI

Why do our Packer fans have so much trouble believing in the system that keeps taking us to the playoffs?

I've learned if you're not winning it all, fans are prone to questioning everything. That's just the way it works.

Adrian from Berwickshire, UK

Hi, Insiders. Movies about football always seem to disappoint (apart from "The Waterboy"), as the action on the screen is never as exciting as the real thing. Documentary films, on the other hand, are always compulsive viewing. For me, "Undefeated" is hard to beat. Do you have a personal favorite?

ESPN has done some phenomenal football documentaries over the years. "The U" and "The Best That Never Was" are two of my personal favorites.

Malte from Odense, Denmark

Who is the best player you have ever seen that has never been selected to at least one Pro Bowl?

Mike Daniels or Bryan Bulaga.

Chris from Eau Claire, WI

Is Mike Daniels as funny in person as he is in all of his videos?

Yes. Perhaps funnier.

Matt from Hartford, WI

Buffalo, L.A. Rams, L.A. Chargers, Detroit, Giants, Jets and 49ers have all reverted back to original color schemes or uniforms in their founding in the last 20 years or so. Which team would you like to see wear their original uniforms again as an official rebrand?


Bill from Menominee, MI

It's tough to focus on the hypothetical situations that could have changed last season's finale. Let's not forget, the red-hot Falcons blew us out of the water and then went on to lead the Patriots 28-3 in the Super Bowl. They were at their pinnacle of play until Tom Brady happened.

That's football. Greatness happens.

Mike from Mount Prospect, IL

Gentlemen, as much as I love having a comment/question posted in the column, the pinnacle for me is having a reader reference my question in a subsequent column. Keep up the good work.

That's when you know you've made it.

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