Let's get this thing started...
Any chance Vikes get too cute and stray from relying on Adrian P and do you think AP can handle 350+ carries?
Oh, he'll still be the centerpiece of their offense and he could handle 350 carries without a problem. The idea is that all offenses are better with balance. They need to be able to use the passing game to score.
Do the Bears resigned Cutler to a lucrative extension if his numbers are slightly above average (25 TDs, 3,500 yds and 15 picks), but they make the playoffs?
I think so, yes. In fact, I think he's going to have to really fall on his face to not get re-signed before the 2014 season. Cutler might not be perfect, but any analysis has to include the chances for improving on the position. It took them two decades to find a suitable replacement for Jim McMahon, after all....
Looking back at Stafford's 'off year' last yeat, I seem to recall him getting very little playing time during the preseason and him looking pretty good when he did play. Your thoughts on the possibility that less work during the preseason got him off to a slow start which helped snowball the team to their 4-12 record. Just a thought that I had and I'm wondering if it has any legs....
I don't know if that was the case or not, but I would never attribute a down year -- or anything else -- to the preseason. Stafford had plenty of experience in the Lions' offense by that point.
Now that the franchise tag signing deadline has past, when is the earliest that Henry Melton can sign a long-term contract with the Bears?
Once the period begins in February for teams to re-sign their own free agents.
Did you see today's showing of First Take? It had Greg Jennings on the show. They discussed the ABC's of QBs - that is Aaron, Brett and Christian. Any thoughts on what he had to say?
I posted the video on the blog. I hate to be the one to stir it up, but I thought Jennings said some things that could easily be turned into motivation/bulletin-board material for the Packers. He connected the skill of receivers to quarterback success, or lack thereof, and suggested that Aaron Rodgers hadn't treated him with respect. I think you can make an argument for the former, but if the latter is really the case, then some people are being sensitive.
How much will the vikings be able to improve after signing Greg Jennings and having a pretty good draft class?
They've given Ponder enough weapons to support a functional and efficient passing game. If they can't achieve that mild milestone, it's on him.
Kevin, which Packers running backs will be on the roster come week1 of the regular season? Don't let me down!
Yikes. That's a lot of pressure. Entering camp, at least, the two running backs who seem to have the most pressure on them is James Starks and Alex Green, in that order.
What's the status of Datone Jones contract negotiations?
He isn't signed yet but it won't be worth worrying about unless he's still unsigned on the eve of training camp.
Does Jennings have a renaissance year with the Vikes?
I just don't think they'll pass enough, or be aggressive enough in the passing game, for him to pile up a lot of statistics. It's just not the way they're constructed. He could have a really good year in a relative sense and still not hit the numbers he's used to.
What's your best guess on what a contract extension for Burnett wuold look like?
The reported numbers seem right to me: Four years, a little over $6 million per season, with a little more than $8 million guaranteed. Not bad for a player who was a year away from free agency.
What are the chances /or how often do you see Detroit moving Jason Jones into the DT rotation with Israel Idonije/Devlin Taylor and Ansah/Young on the outsides?
Jones has been good at tackle in the past but the Lions have seemed pretty adamant that he'll play end in their scheme. They could also use Idonije at defensive tackle if needed.
Is there any word on whether the Vikings are leaning a certain way on resigning Jared Allen?!? In your opinion do you think they will / should?
Nothing new that I've heard. Makes sense at this point to play out the season. He'll be well compensated, and the Vikings will be able to make a determination about his value relative to age at the appropriate time.
Loved the Reggie Bush signing, until I remembered that he has had durability issues in the past and he's never really been a featured back. Are we looking at another Jahvid Best type production, or should I expect more out of him? As a Lions fan, I'm scared to get my hopes up...
He was the Dolphins' feature back the past two years and missed only one game. There is widespread agreement in the NFL that he is a natural fit for this offense. Don't be scared.
Do you think the Lions will incorporate some 2-TE single-back looks where Bush starts in the backfield and then motions out? With Pettigrew and Scheffler as very capable receivers that could cause a lot of issues for a 4-3 Base defense look.
I'm pretty sure the do a lot of that, anyway. Scott Linehan loves having tight ends on the field.
Kevin you're there in MN. What's Jennings' issue? He keeps saying he has no problems with Rodgers but then keeps dropping little comments that show he clearly does have a problem.
I'm not sure. The easy answer would be that Jennings thinks he and the Packers' receivers didn't get enough credit for Rodgers' success, but that's kind of how it works in football. The quarterback gets credit when he has good receivers to throw to, and he gets the blame when they aren't good enough to make plays.
Kevin, what is your obsession with Jennings? Why so many questions on him?
It's July 16 and he was interviewed today. Tryin' to keep it fresh.
Any chance Martin Mayhew calls me?
Guessing it wouldn't happen right away. Might as well see what you've got in the early part of training camp/preseason before giving up on the players you've presumably groomed for this role.
Does Long's athleticism and pedigree give him the edge to start at RG game one?
His status as the No. 1 draft pick does, yes. I guess it's possible his athleticism will help him get by as he learns NFL-level technique, but in the end, he'll have a steep learning curve.
Do you see Trestman running the no huddle/shotgun, or do you think it will just be fast paced (ie...play calling, hurring the huddle, etc)?
Oh, I'm sure they'll run all of it. The biggest emphasis, at least as it's been presented to us, is to be quick-paced. Short drops, quick throws.
Do you think the "no lowering the head" rule will make teams move away from bigger backs and opt for more speed?
No, at least not yet. Let's see how (and how often) it's implemented before making any changes. Even speed backs lower their shoulders/heads to take on blockers. It's for protection as much as delivering a blow.
Kevin, what's your feel on Derrek Sherrod? Is this guy going to play in 2013? And if he does, is he really going to backup another 1st rounder in Bulaga or do they see him fighting at RT with Barclay & Newhouse?
I mean, it's been so long since he's done anything on the field that it's hard to make any projections on him. Anything the Packers get from Sherrod should be gravy. If Newhouse doesn't win the RT job, you would have to assume Barclay is the next up. So Sherrod only gets on the field there if two guys fail and/or are injured.
Whats the word on Patterson for the Vikings.. How is he looking with his route running? Do you think he will be a opening day starter at WR?
I think that would be a best-case and slightly unrealistic scenario. I will say this: Based on how he looked in OTAs, Patterson appears more ready to contribute on offense right away than once thought.
I love that Jennings left GB, and everyone is up in arms and has turned on him. Do you think he can have a 1200 yard season this year?
I would be stunned if that happened. I just don't think the Vikings will pass that often/that well.
Is Childs going to ready to participate in camp?
I would imagine he'll start on the PUP.
Kevin, what do these names have in common? Robert Ferguson, Antonio Freeman, Javon Walker, Greg Jennings?
Former Packers receivers? I was going to say Packers receivers that signed with the Vikings, but I don't think Freeman did, did he?
Kevin, in your estimation, as training camp moves along does Lacy or Franklin win the starting RB job and do you see one of them holding on to it all season?
I would say Lacy has a better chance but I wouldn't be surprised if DuJuan Harris is the guy when it's all said and done.
At what date do we worry that Vikes haven't signed their first rounders?
The night before camp opens.
Your starting 5 All-North OL would be...
OK ... Kalil-Sims-Sullivan-Sitton-Loadholt. I realize Sitton and Sims are both left guards this season, but they're the two best guards in the division.
Given the massive disappointments that are Jerome Simpson and John Carlson, which of the two do you see will have the better "rebound" year?
Based on the way the Vikings run their offense, I would say Carlson has a better chance.
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What's your training camp schedule look like? Visiting all 4 teams?
It's fluid at the moment but I'm pretty sure I'll be headed to Minnesota the first weekend and then playing it by ear after that.
Folks forget in the super year Linehan had with Culpepper, the TE was the leading receiver as Moss was hurt most of the season
Yes, Jermaine Wiggins was great in Linehan's offense. He likes pass-catching tight ends because you can use a lot of different formations with the same personnel.
The answer to Kurt's question is former Packer receivers that left and did absolutely nothing with their new team(s)
There you go.....
Why are the Packers being so quiet on the progress of Derrek Sherrod? At one point they thought he play last season, and now they don't know if he will get on the the field this offseason.
I'm not sure they're keeping any secrets. They just don't know, or didn't know at the last opportunity to be asked.
Kevin Seifert (2:31 PM)It's fluid at the moment but I'm pretty sure I'll be headed to Minnesota the first weekend...um, you live there. homer.
Camp is 90 minutes outside of the Twin Cities, but thanks for checking in.
Simpson faced leg and back injuries that caused numbness in his legs for a good part of the season. he most likely was injured the entire year. Do you think if he can stay healthy he can be a productive starter in MN?
He can be a piece of the puzzle but I'm not sure he's suited to be a No. 1 or even a No. 2 receiver.
If Delmas can stay healthy, I expect a big turn around from the secondary this year based on the addition of Quinn and Slay. If he goes down again, is there any hope of one of the backups turning into a quality starter?
There is some optimism about Don Carey at safety. Delmas is a special player when healthy, but how long can a guy be on-and-off the field before you accept that he's not going to be a full-time player anymore?
Do you think Jeffery is a misfit in the WCO? His size would indicate he's good after the catch, but not sure if his skills translate well.
I've always felt that good coaches will find a way to incorporate the skills of their players. And good players can adapt as well. So there is every reason to think the Bears will find a productive way to use him.
Re: your all division OL, chances that Warford is one of the gurads by the end of the season?
Could be. He's well regarded, but I can't possibly put in him there now.
Do you see Marquis Wilson getting any playing time this year?
Guessing you're referring to Marquess Wilson of the Bears? He would have been a higher pick had it not been for the controversy of his departure from Washington State. Pretty good athlete and receiver. The Bears certainly have room for a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver, and its not out of the question that Wilson could win won of those jobs.
Is the "banter" between Rodgers and Jennings playful, or is there some level of real discord there after the split? Do we need closeups on both players after the first Packers/Vikings game?
The longer it goes on, the less I'm inclined to believe it's just playful.
Will Michael Mauti make the Vikings 53 man roster?
He had just started to practice in minicamp after that ACL injury. He's facing an uphill fight.
Do you think Ryan Broyles can help the Lions if he can come back healthy? He was starting to come on before his injury.
Absolutely. If he can come back from that second ACL injury, he's probably second-best receiver after Calvin Johnson.
Agree or disagree that Aaron Kromer is a very good under the radar hire?? He holds the title of OC but everyone knows it's Trestmans Offence and he'll be calling plays but having Kromer who has a history of coaching up mid round picks could be one of the Bears best offseason moves!!
I don't know if it's under the radar, but the most notable part of his hire is that he's a really good offensive line coach. The Bears obviously had a lot of work to do in that area. When you're remaking the line, as the Bears are, it helps to have someone with a line background in a key spot.
With the move to an offense predicated on short throws, feel safe predicting more catches for Martellus Bennett than Jeffrey?
Kevin, you going to post a eulogy for all your regular blog commentors in light of the new Facebook format starting tomorrow?
We will miss them all but I hope everyone still reads, even if they're not commenting. I also hope they realize that these decisions were made way over my head.
Hypothetical time: Ponder hits his elbow on John Sullivan's backside and can't play for a couple games. Cassell comes in and outperforms him by 25% (yardage/TD avg). Does Ponder get his job back when healthy?
I think Frazier will do what he has to do to win games in what amounts to a contract year.
When the Lions exec was fined 100k and suspended a month for his DUI, did you think the punishment was appropriate? Think the 2 Broncos execs got what they deserved?
You're referring to the Lions' president, Tom Lewand. I thought it was fair given how hard Roger Goodell had started coming down on players for similar offenses. The Broncos' executives were punished by the team, not necessarily the league, but it makes sense to escalate the punishment from Lewand. The message obviously wasn't received everywhere.
Ok, a few more here.
Do you expect Nick Perry to be a force on the Packers left side this season?
I think he'll be a more consistent pass rusher. A force? That might be asking a lot.
Cobb, Harvin, or Cruz?
I would take Harvin on pure football skills. His personality worries me, something Cobb has no issues with, but he is so special with the ball in his hands...
Do you think that the Packers are sending B.J. Raji a message by extending other young players before him?
Maybe they pursued Burnett because his was a much easier negotiation. Not a splash player, not seeking splash money. That's my guess.
will the lions pick up another wr
It's worth watching based on how fast Broyles can recover. Remember, they tried to sign a receiver in free agency -- Darrius Heyward-Bey -- so they recognized the need at the time.
Depends on Broyles recovery, but I wouldn't rule it out at all. Remember, they tried to sign Darrius Heyward-Bey in free agency, so they recognized a need at one point.
Having a few technical problems here, and it's time to wrap up anyway. Thanks everyone and I'll chat with you soon.