What stood out from watching the rookie minicamp practices


Each week is crash course in what’s developing SundayMike Spofford

Jim from Arkdale, WI

This is one for Spoff. “I” earlier than “E” besides when your overseas neighbor Keith acquired eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. Bizarre.

And as soon as once more we’re off, so we’d as properly get going.

Sam from Greendale, WI

In response to Al from Inexperienced Bay, Lambeau Area parking opens 4 hours earlier than kickoff. Fastidiously making use of that logic, tailgating can start as early as 4:30 a.m.

Sounds prefer it’s settled then.

Mark from Tomahawk, WI

First time with a query though I have been tuning in for years! I used to be questioning, is our London recreation towards the Giants going to be viewable on FOX as standard, or will we have now to make particular preparations (ESPN Ocho) to look at this one stay? That is all new floor for Packers Nation and I need to ensure I do not miss a snap. Thanks for all you do!

The London recreation is being televised on NFL Community, I consider.

Nicholas from Baltimore, MD

What do make of high-profile gamers’ newfound skill to pressure their method out of a crew and safe their paydays elsewhere? I really feel like prior to now there have been extra holdouts and ready video games, whereas now it looks like groups are fairly open to letting the gamers transfer on in trade for top draft picks.

Each scenario is its personal, however in some instances groups merely resolve the drama is not value it, and neither is combating to maintain round a participant who’d doubtlessly be disgruntled.

Jeff from Hoffman Estates, IL

If you checklist linebacker mixtures I would come with Ray Nitschke and Dave Robinson within the dialog.

In fact, however the dialog was centered on linebacker combos I had truly seen play. People, please learn the context of the unique remark earlier than bombarding me with “omissions.”

David from Inexperienced Bay, WI

Mike, concerning your reply regarding nice linebacker tandems, I’m sufficiently old to have been in a position to watch the Lambert, Ham, Russell linebacking corps because the Steelers dynasty started. That was a protection that all the time regarded prefer it knew what the opposing offense was going to do and executed in type. They match up properly with the Bears trio you lauded. As Bum Phillips as soon as stated, they might not have been in a category by themselves, nevertheless it did not take lengthy to name roll.

Bum Phillips will ceaselessly be an all-time favourite. Sadly, there’ll by no means be one other one something remotely like him.

Brad from Oshkosh, WI

I believe it is time to open your eyes, Marilyn.

I’ve nothing so as to add to Mark’s reply to that nonsense. I am stunned he gave it the time of day.

Mike from Waunakee, WI

Each month the Take 5 questions make me embarrassed to be a Packer fan. I assumed the profanity-laced submission from final month was the low level however final week confirmed even a deeper layer of ridiculousness. From the vast majority of Packer followers, Mark we apologize. Please cease giving these morons a discussion board for his or her stupidity.

My preliminary response as properly, then I made a decision to consider Marilyn is not actual and neither is that submission. It makes me really feel higher concerning the world.

John from Fort Myers, FL

Query for Mike: In Murphy’s Take 5 Saturday the phrase “Black” was capitalized whereas the phrase “white” was not. What’s the grammar rule concerning the distinction or ought to “white” have been capitalized?

The Related Press made an official fashion change (I consider it was in 2020) to capitalize Black. We attempt to adhere to AP fashion on the web site as finest we will, except for some fashion selections particular to our group.

Zak from Huntington Seaside, CA

With the lack of Davante as a frontrunner/mentor for the WR room, and for your complete crew typically, who among the many returning gamers do you see getting into a bigger function to fill that void? I might assume it’s going to be Randall Cobb/Allen Lazard/Sammy Watkins within the WR room however, apart from A-Rod, who do you assume can be main the offense this 12 months?

Bakhtiari is definitely the elder statesman of the offensive line, and most achieved participant. Despite the fact that his comeback did not go as hoped final 12 months, he was nonetheless very a lot a frontrunner of that place group, and I anticipate Jenkins to develop in that vein as properly with Turner and Patrick gone. At one other place, Jones is coming into his sixth season now. He is quieter by nature however no much less revered.

Graydon from Menomonie, WI

How do you retain II readers in suspense for the subsequent column? Depart it to Wes: “I am going to all the time be grateful to for him [Hakeem Butler] giving me in all probability the very best quote I’ve ever acquired on the NFL Scouting Mix after I requested him about Lazard three years in the past.” What was the quote?

I am hanging on for it identical to the remainder of you. In my finest Choose Smails voice to Wes: “Nicely … we’re ready!”

Jimmy from Bristol, UK

Hello guys, early early reporting of the rookie camp advised the tales of receptions down the sector by Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs (in triple protection, I recall!), and even an interception by Quay Walker. Who’s throwing these passes? To know that, too, could be appreciated.

The 2 QBs for the rookie minicamp have been Danny Etling, previously of LSU and a number of NFL apply squads, whom the Packers signed proper after final season ended, and Max Bortenschlager, a rookie from Florida Worldwide introduced in for a tryout.

Richard from Menasha, WI

Who have been the eight present roster gamers that attended the rookie minicamp? Are you able to clarify who’s eligible to attend?

I am not accustomed to all of the laws, however typically talking, gamers who’re not rookies however who haven’t but accrued a 12 months of NFL service (e.g., listed on the roster as first-year gamers) are eligible. For the Packers, that included JJ Molson, Dominik Eberle, Innis Gaines, Alizé Mack, Ray Wilborn, Michal Menet, Chris Blair, and Danny Etling.

Jackie from New Freedom, PA

When the rookies report back to camp, are all of their lockers collectively within the locker room or are they unfold among the many veteran gamers?

They’re all unfold out throughout the room. The draft picks have lockers in the principle room, and the UDFAs are within the auxiliary room, with the potential for change at roster cut-down time.

Tom from Walker, MI

Will a UDFA make this crew?

Historical past says at the very least one is certain to.

Joseph from Ellsworth, WI

Has anybody requested Romeo Doubs if Doubs is pronounced Dobbs or Dubs? I am calling him Romeo W’s regardless, however I hope Romeo will get to clear the air, as Robert Tonyan did not peel the layers to get to the bulb of that onion for years.

Apparently the right pronunciation is Dobbs, whereas Dubs is a nickname, and he is fantastic with both.

Bob from Bella Vista, AR

In the event you gave one phrase that sums up the draft, what would it not be? I am going to go along with hope.


John from Livermore, CA

OK, so the draft is behind us. Break down the remainder of the NFC North at this level. Anybody make a step ahead?

The Lions are making strides, however going from three wins to contending for a division title in a single 12 months is asking an terrible lot, significantly when certainly one of your first-round draft picks is lacking (in all probability) half the season. The Vikings invested early and infrequently in retooling their secondary, however there is not any telling how shortly it’s going to take. The Bears additionally went onerous at their D-backfield, however total their progress largely hinges on Fields and the place he goes in 12 months 2 with a brand new teaching employees.

Mike from Baraboo, WI

Who’s a sleeper draft decide that may shock us all?

I do not know. However what stood out to me from watching the rookie minicamp practices have been the scale of Quay Walker and Kingsley Enagbare (for his or her positions), the velocity of Watson, and the energy in each the sport and palms of Doubs. I confess I did not watch the linemen a lot as a result of I can by no means glean a complete lot till they have pads on.

Phillip from Marvel Lake, IL

We are able to see the outcomes quickly?

You will must outline what you imply by quickly.

Chang from St. Paul, MN

Hello Mike, final night time I re-watched Rasul Douglas’ movies and I observed one which stood out rather a lot. It appears to be like like Rasul knew forward of time the place the receivers will go on their routes. I do know he studied movies however how can a participant keep in mind a lot from completely different groups and receivers? I like Douglas after I first noticed him in Chicago recreation. Thanks.

Gamers deal with the sport in entrance of them. They are not finding out the movie of opponents three or 4 weeks down the street and making an attempt to mentally catalogue all of it. Each week is a crash course in what’s developing Sunday.

Invoice from Iowa Metropolis, IA

I am questioning if Allen Lazard could make a bounce just like one Adams made after three years. That’s transfer as much as about 75 catches, 800-plus yards and double-digit TDs. Final 12 months he had 40 catches, 513 yards and eight TDs. He doubtless will get extra balls from Rodgers. How do you see his season going if he stays wholesome?

I see no purpose to consider Adams’ 12 months 3 numbers (75-997-12) aren’t inside Lazard’s attain.

Steve from Milwaukee, WI

Did they’ve dimension 17 footwear in inventory for Rasheed Walker or did they must particular order?

I’ve by no means identified Purple and T-Bone to get caught unaware.

Phil from Playa Blanca, Spain

Exterior of QB, what place do you assume is essentially the most troublesome for faculty gamers to make the step up from faculty soccer to the NFL?

We have talked rather a lot about tight finish earlier than due to all of the duties required and the way uncommon it’s for faculty tight ends to be proficient on the full checklist. If I needed to decide one other one I would say defensive sort out, full-time that’s (all three downs), as a result of one of many hardest issues to be taught is methods to defend the run on the best way to the quarterback.

Jon from Andover, MN

I just like the picks. I actually just like the picks. It appears yearly although we overlook concerning the guys picked within the later rounds of final 12 months’s draft, or the 12 months earlier than. Who chosen within the later rounds continues to be round, and is there anybody primed to make an influence this 12 months? Hill is my hope, however who else?

Nicely, a sixth-rounder from two years in the past began all final season at left guard. However alongside the traces of my earlier reply, although I do not see him in an every-down function, I am undoubtedly keeping track of T.J. Slaton this 12 months.

Paul from Ledgeview, WI

On the time Joe Barry was employed he was the alternate when Jim Leonhard handed on the job. Many thought of him no higher than Pettine, extra of the identical. The fan base was not overly captivated with his hiring. Has the notion of Joe Barry as a coordinator modified?

How can it not? Simply have a look at how the protection carried out in its first recreation final season, and its final.

Chris from St. Louis, MO

This is not as drastic or impactful because the ’09 draft nevertheless it occurred to me at the moment a slight similarity between the 2 in including the 2 defensive gamers within the first spherical particularly for the scheme of the brand new coordinator. I believe Joe Barry confirmed us all final 12 months that he is the person for the job. Possibly now Gutey, as you so affectionately confer with him, felt the necessity to decide to his scheme additional. Did both of you get that feeling?

That wasn’t actually my take. To me, it was a mixture of two angles. One, the plain influence a linebacker with De’Vondre Campbell’s bodily traits had. And two, having a defensive lineman they favored sufficient obtainable late within the first spherical after investing only one decide increased than a fifth-rounder on the place over the earlier 5 drafts.

Andrew from Shalimar, FL

I do not perceive how making our protection stronger (probably the energy of the crew now) will “pressure Rodgers right into a recreation supervisor function.” Simply because the protection rises does not imply the offense will fall. Clearly Adams leaving hurts and no single participant can take his place, however I do not envision the offense being unable to maneuver the ball.

I’ve stated it earlier than and I am going to say it once more: The day Rodgers really turns into a recreation supervisor is the day he walks away.

Nathan from Manitowoc, WI

What participant would profit the Packers essentially the most by having a giant offseason enchancment?

I do know Wes answered this on Saturday, and whereas I wholeheartedly agree together with his choice of Josiah Deguara, I am going to make a decide on the opposite facet of the ball in a barely completely different context: Eric Stokes. Given how properly he carried out as a rookie, if he has something resembling a standard second-year bounce, this protection’s cornerback trio goes to a different stage and extra choices open up for Barry.

Mark from Bettendorf, IA

Mike: Bettendorf, subsequent to Davenport, has a Culvers simply down the road from a terrific brewery known as 5 Cities. I would be completely satisfied to cowl your first Schwifty Hippy IPA. Nice solution to wash down your butter burger.

My street journey planning retains getting simpler. Hope all of the Mothers on the market had a terrific Mom’s Day, and Completely happy Monday.


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