July 6, 2022

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They specialize in thinking outside the box

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They specialize in thinking outside the box



Wes, now I know why I haven’t had many questions answered. How can I get a copy of the Insider Inbox Instruction Manual? I can’t find the listing for it anywhere. What am I overlooking? Could you please help? I have a huge backlog of questions that need answers. Did you or Spoff write it? Was it a collaboration? Could it be posted online?

You should’ve received a copy at the door during “Insider Inbox Day.” Unfortunately, there are no other physical copies remaining. Maybe try a garage sale or Reddit?

Brandon from Pleasant Prairie, WI

In your opinion, which is better? A clear No. 1 and receiver that can do it all or a few slightly-less-talented-but-still-really-good receivers that other defenses are not sure about?

It’d be foolish for me to sit here and act the Packers wouldn’t be better with No. 1 receiver like Davante Adams. In 2022, that answer is obvious. But there’s more than one way to build an offense, especially right now with the price at record high for All-Pro receivers. As I’ve been saying, the Packers will be up to this challenge. They specialize in thinking outside the box. Down the road, the hope is the Packers develop that next legitimate No. 1 (or No. 1s) threat out of this draft class and those who return.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Thanks for the piece on Sammy Watkins. O/U 35 catches for Sammy this year?

If Watkins stays healthy, I’d easily take the over. He still has his legs, catches the ball naturally and seems comfortable in the bunch formations Green Bay likes to use.

Craig from London, United Kingdom

With the signing of Jarran Reed and the drafting of Devonte Wyatt, do you think we’ll see more two defensive tackle fronts this year? Or more rotation with Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry, with Reed and Wyatt switching in and out?

I actually think we’ll see more three defensive tackle fronts this year. Joe Barry brought over that 3-3-5 ‘Penny’ front that Brandon Staley utilizes and operated quite a bit of the formation on first down. I expect to see more of that and more traditional nickel on passing downs.

Based on reading the column for today, I see that I am a little late with this, but oh well. Ja is truly something special, and I’m glad we extended him. Someone made the comment, “Pay him that much when he’s been out for a whole season practically to that injury?” My response: “Duh! He’s the best corner in the game. Listening to him, I also trust his process in training as a player. I know it would carry over for his rehab.”

Not that any injury is a good injury, but this shoulder deal was kind of a freak thing. It’s not like a ruptured an Achilles tendon, torn hamstring or ACL – all injuries that could potentially zap him of his natural speed or explosiveness. So, yeah, I expect the same old Ja’ once training camp begins.

Hi, do you anticipate Rasul Douglas will have another stellar year?

I do. I believe Jerry Gray cracked the code with Douglas. While it’ll be hard to replicate everything Douglas did last season, his 2021 campaign was far from a fluke. He’s the real deal. With Douglas’ work ethic and aggression, I expect him to be a major factor in this defense for years to come.

Gary from Cross Plains, WI

Is there a limit on how much cap can roll over to the next year? I like that you can save some and carry it forward, but I assume league doesn’t want a team to go under so much that in the following year they have huge cap number to sign a bunch of top free agent and ‘load up’.

A floor does exist. Teams must spend a certain amount over a three-year span, or they could be subject to penalty through the CBA. As exciting as it sounds to have a boat load of cap space, it’s usually an indication you don’t have any decent players worth extending (See: Jaguars, Jacksonville).

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