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They’re always a two-way street

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They’re always a two-way street



Chris from Hunt Valley, MD

Hey II, I remember hearing last year that veteran players can tell within 48 hours if another player has what it takes to play in the league. It got me thinking – does the GM ever pull in a respected veteran player to ask his opinion on other players? If a player lasts longer than 48 hours in training camp, is it fair to assume he has what it takes to play in the NFL, regardless of what happens with roster cuts? Thanks!

Players will form quick opinions, just like reporters, but it doesn’t mean they’re always right. I doubt a GM would ask a player directly very often, but he may find a roundabout way to learn a player’s opinion if he believes it’s worthwhile. Usually, teams have invested enough in getting a player to training camp they’re going to give him more than 48 hours and see how he develops, but inevitably some will not be cut out for it, no pun intended.

Just an observation. Seen Jordan Love clips on TV, not sure when they are from but he’s in a Packers practice jersey, there seems to be no zip on his passes and he seems very slow moving. You guys probably know better seeing him live. Are my observations accurate?

No. TV cameras are not allowed to film any of the full-speed 11-on-11 periods in practice, so if all you’re seeing is when he’s running drills, you aren’t getting the full picture.

Dennis from Beavercreek, OH

I have read articles about teams reaching a certain level of vaccination by players but they never say what teams have achieved that level or list the teams and the percentage of vaccinations. Do you know the percentage of Packers players that have been vaccinated? If so, can you tell us? I am starting to think this is a bigger secret than most of our military secrets.

I have not been told and it’s information I don’t expect the Packers to share.

Clem from Presque Isle, WI

I grew up a Lions fan. Moved to WI. Easy transition to being a Packer fan. Since the ’60s is there an NFL franchise with a more futile performance? How can it happen to a single franchise?

It’s hard to believe with all of the structure that’s in place in the NFL, starting with the reverse draft order, to help struggling teams turn it around. One playoff win since the ’57 championship is unfathomable to me. I sincerely felt bad for the Lions and their fans when the officials mucked up that ’14 wild-card game in Dallas.

Do you know if any of the practices at the start of training camp will be outdoors and open to the public? I took my children to them 25 years ago. I thought I might take my grandson to the shareholders meeting and then a few practices if they are open.

There are 13 practices open to the public, including Family Night. The schedule is right here.

Chuck from Gold Canyon, AZ

Good morning Mike. Enjoy your PTO. A lot has been talked about how deep the Packers appear to be this year. Since we have All-Pro players at all of the premium positions of QB, LT, EDGE and CB what position do you feel the Packers are most and least positioned to deal with an injury to one of the star players?

Edge rusher and corner are in the best shape, with three starting-caliber outside ‘backers and the addition of Eric Stokes in the first round. QB speaks for itself, and we saw how the line weathered David Bakhtiari’s absence successfully until the NFC title game.

Neil from Tunbridge Wells, England

If Germany gets a Packers game before England would you be upset?

Yes. The strong contingent of UK Packers fans deserves a game before another international locale, in my opinion.

Mark from Westminster, CO

Hey Mike, why is it that I’m more excited to see Allen Lazard lay out defenders with his blocks versus catching the ball?

Hello Mike, you said on Wednesday that writing the game-day blog helps you to frame your post-match story. Have comments from fans during the blog ever made you think differently about the match or a feature of the match and you therefore changed your initial view of the article narrative?

I wouldn’t say “changed,” but the ongoing blog discussion can help to crystallize certain thoughts or make me go a little deeper. I can miss a lot of the TV replays while blogging so it’s always helpful when the fans/readers let me know a detail that a replay showed.

Jeremy from Chilliwack, BC

Mike, as a writer myself, I’m curious whether you see yourself as a sportswriter or as a writer who just happens to primarily write about sports? And if the latter, what else could you see yourself writing about upon retiring (hopefully no time soon) from your current gig?

I consider myself a sportswriter who would be a capable writer in other fields, but precisely which is hard to get my brain around since I’ve been doing this for so long. Back in grad school, I really took an interest in the legal system, court cases and such. I don’t know.

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