Good afternoon everyone. After a much-needed week off last week, we're back for another edition of our weekly Packers chat. We may not go as long as usual because I know many of you are interested in the World Cup game, but let's get started and see where this takes us.
Rob 4 oclock today? Of all days? Do you know what is happening at 4pm ET time? BIG game today. . . I am sending my question in advance. . . . . . What is your opinion on the amount of preseason games? I see multiple angles for staying with 4 or cutting it to 2. The main being that 4 gives bubble guys extra tape in order to lure another team to sign them and continue their dreams. But 2 is all a team really needs to figure out who they want on the final roster and sometimes the team doesn't want a lot of tape available to other teams in order to sneak guys through waivers to the practice squad for development. Stay at 4 or reduce to 2 or 3?
Eli: Let's get the soccer stuff out of the way right now. I'm not big on soccer (and that's putting it politely), but I understand many of you are. Still, I couldn't reschedule the chat because we have many other chats going on at different times throughout the week. ... As for you preseason question, four is definitely too many but two doesn't seem like enough. Three might be a good compromise to go along with the addition of two more playoff teams.
Why are you doing this chat in the middle of the USA World Cup match? That seems silly.
Patrick: See the previous answer. Enjoy the game. See you for our chat next Tuesday.
I am pretty sure I will be able to get my question answered. James Jones, what kind of contribution do you see him making for Oakland. And, what is Jermichael Finley's status? Do you think he will play again? Thanks! Go USA!
Boris: I've always wondered whether Jones was good because he had a good quarterback or he was just plain good. Guess we'll find out now. One thing you can count on from Jones is that he will play hard and play through pain. He'll make the tough catches but he might frustrate you by not making some of the routine ones. As for Finley, my money is on him not playing.
Rob - thanks for the chat! Two questions.1. Which undrafted FA make the final 53?2. Which TEs make the final 53?
Tyler: Wouldn't be totally shocked if one of the undrafted RBs -- LaDarius Perkins or Rajion Neal -- makes it. Adrian Hubbard and Colt Lyerla got all the hype and they may indeed make it, but I didn't see them make many plays during the offseason. As for the TEs: Rodgers, Quarless, Bostick, Taylor.
Hey Rob Do you ever see the players association changing the CBA back to allow more practice time, contact, etc. I would think the players realize that the less practice time hurts preperation for the season, as in quarterback development? Your take?
Brett: Only if the owners offer something in return like, say, guaranteed contracts, free agency after only three seasons instead of four, etc. Otherwise, what do the players have to gain.
Shouldn't Ted Thompson be held more accountable for drafting injury-prone players like Justin Harrell...Derek Sherrod, Jerrell Worthy and Nick Perry? These are high-round choices that Ted missed on...badly. How is missing on these picks affecting the Packers now?
Mark: And you're saying he's not held accountable for that? And by whom? Certainly fans and media have criticized those picks time and again. The only person Thompson has to answer to is his boss, Mark Murphy.
Does Nick Perry finally step up this year?
T: It better be. He's running out of time. He's not off to a great start, though, missing all of the offseason practices.
Hey Rob! Question about Derek Sherrod - I can't help but feel for the guy because his initial broken leg wasn't treated well leading to a the 2013 season being a wash. Based on what you saw in minicamp, what does he need to do in training camp to jumpstart his stalled NFL career?
Andy: Not sure exactly what you mean about his injury not being treated well prior to the 2013 season. Other than needing another surgery, I'm not sure what you're referring to. But he finally looks like the player the Packers had hoped when they picked him in the first round in 2011. This is a big season for him, obviously. We'll be keeping an eye on him this preseason for sure.
Will Nick Perry be healthy and ready for camp and who will play ILB?
Luis: Where's Flight 370? Who knows?
What is happening with Perry? Is he injured? Disgruntled with the pick-up and competition of Peppers? I know it was a work in-progress with his transition to OLB, but he has been missing for 2+ years.
Erik: No way can Nick Perry afford to be disgruntled. He's fighting for his job right now. Will be interesting to see if he's still strictly an OLB or if he plays some with his hand on the ground. That could help him.
Rob, I know teams don't divulge injury information in the off-season but does anyone have any ideas concerning why Perry missed all of OTAs? Keep seeing articles about how the team is frustrated with his lack of participation, so I'm just really curious as to why he missed all of them.
Owen: One more on Nick Perry... They're not saying what Perry's injury is or why he has been out of OTAs. Could it be the foot problem from last year? Maybe, but he came back and played from that. Perry did not appear in the locker room when the media was allowed in during OTAs and his agent has not returned messages. Trust me, I'm trying to find out what his deal is.
Packer players have suffered a lot of hamstring injuries in the last couple years ago. A few years ago, research showed that kinetic hamstring exercises were far more effective than static stretches and that static stretches can actually do harm. Can we assume that the Packers and other professional teams are universally up to date on the latest info re: stretching?
Alan: Their strength staff, led by Mark Lovat, and their trainers, led by Pepper Burruss, surely are aware of the latest practices.
Will the NFL/Packers be providing any assistance to Johnathan Franklin to get the medical attention he needs?
Mike: He either did not need surgery or elected not to have it, so I'm not sure what other medical attention he needs. At this point, the only thing we know is that it's not safe for him to play football. Perhaps he has his own insurance policy, but players who are not vested (which is three years of service) do not get post-career benefits.
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Rob. Do you think Carl Bradford will eventually play inside linebacker or is he pretty much set at trying to find a role at outside backer?
Brett: At this point, they view him as an OLB. That could always change, but so far he's not playing ILB.
Rob you do great work and love your blog. As much as I hate to say/ ask but do you see a sophomore slump with Eddie Lacy this year? I think for the most part he should be ok but it's just so hard to keep up production in the NFL
TJ: It will be interesting to see how teams defend the Packers with both Lacy's threat as a runner and Rodgers' threat as a passer. I asked Rodgers that and he said he still thinks teams will play more two deep to stop the pass, so Lacy might get the chance to put him similar -- if not even better -- numbers.
How is Corey Linsley progressing? He was a neighbor of mine, and he and my son were high school teammates.
Len: He looks like a promising prospect, but I'd be surprised if he starts right away as a rookie.
In pre-draft reports, rookie center Corey Linsley reportedly excelled as a long snapper at Ohio State. What's the chance he or Garth Gerhart will be given a chance to compete for the LS job against Brett Goode and be the LS and back-up center behind JC Tretter, who currently seems to be most likely to be the starting center based on athleticism and other qualities recently mentioned by coach McCarthy?
Every year in camp the Packers try offensive linemen as long snappers and every year the difference between them and Goode is obvious.
Hey kind of a off the wall question here, i was taking a look at the training camp schedule and have noticed that unlike in years past it does not indicate which practices are full pads, and which are with those shells. Was wondering if u knew what the deal with that is..are we to assume all practices open to the public this year are full pads? Appreciate it thanks.
Nathan: I wondered the same thing. Perhaps it's because McCarthy doesn't want us all criticizing him for running a soft training camp if he changes a padded practices to shells.
Is Casey Hayward going to start? Is Brad Jones better than Jamari Lattimore?
Ben: If you consider the nickel corner to be a starter, then yes, Hayward will start. But he won't play on the outside ahead of Shields or Williams. ... I wouldn't be surprised if we get an answer your second question this summer. Lattimore is going to get a chance to play.
Hi Rob, which of the two WR will have a better season then we expect, Cobb at WR2 or Boykin at WR3?
PJ: I don't know what your expectations are, but I wouldn't be surprised if Cobb caught 80+ passes and Boykin had 45 or so.
If burnett plays terrible again. Do you think we could see dix/hyde at starting safeties 2015 season??
Johnny: The thing is, the Packers don't think Burnett was terrible. They just think he didn't make enough impact plays. They thought he was otherwise solid.
Besides the great coverage here on ESPN, where are some other places to get great Packers stories to read? Especially during this slow time of the off season. I occassionally check out Ask Vic. Any other suggestions where I can kill time at work?
Michael: Thanks and there are a lot of great people and outlets covering the Packers. It's one of the most well-covered teams in the league. ESPNMilwaukee, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox Sports Wisconsin, the Wisconsin State Journal and Packer Report all have full-time reporters and/or columnists covering the team.
Where does the Green Bay Packers have their Summer Training Camp?
Chris: The Packers use their regular practice facility and Lambeau Field locker room but stay at nearby St. Norbert College, which is about 5 miles away.
Can you tell us about the time Ahmad Carroll sucker punched (or maybe he was sucker punched by) a team mate? That's a story that seems like it has made its way from the beat to the public recently.
Tristan: It was a story I wrote when I worked at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The short version is this: During a position meeting, Joey Thomas told Ahmad Carroll the only reason he was starting is because he is a first-round pick. On the way out of the meeting, Carroll sucker-punched Thomas.
Hi Rob.....Hope you'll be able to take a few days off b4 the fun starts. I'm kinda ticked that no one is being held accountable for CM's 2nd thumb injury. I know he didn't play well with the club, but it seems to me there's no excuse for allowing that 2nd injury to occur. Adequate protection for that thumb should have been provided. Your thoughts..
You're the second person in this chat who has referenced someone being "held accountable" for something. Matthews clearly did not want to play with the club and the doctors/trainers/equipment staff tried to come up with a way to allow Matthews more freedom with his hand while also trying to protect it. It didn't work.
Rob, I just moved to Minneapolis and was surprised how many Packer's fans I have run into. With taking more scheme out of the defense and put more personell into, what do you think Dom will do in regards to blilting? Do you think more or less and whay? Thanks
They did plenty of blitzing during team periods in OTAs and minicamp.
Hey Rob, I love the work you do on ESPN for the pack. My question involves the run game/o-line. The packers have just scratched the surface with their run game potent entail last year. With bulaga healthy and bakhtiari bulking up, it can only get better. I'm a big don barclay fan though, and his ability to run block. I see kuhn as a more special situation player, so could the packers experiment with putting barclay in as fullback for lacy in run situations? That'd be a nasty formation to try and defend against.
Patrick: I don't know about Barclay lining up at fullback, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him as a sixth offensive lineman playing in line in certain situations.
Who has the best personality of the new rookies i.e. who is the locker room clown?
Nolan: Haven't had the chance to get to know all of them yet, but Davante Adams seems quite personable.
I know it's way to early for these types of predictions but I think they are fun. If you had to say who'd be looked at the best pick this past years draft who would you give the nod to and why?
Nolan: Sticking with the rookie theme, none of them stood out more than TE Richard Rodgers during OTAs. I bet he'll end up as the starter.
Hi Rob, Will you be at the Packers training camp?
Andrew: Every day.
Do you think the Packers like Janis enough to give him a roster spot out of camp? How would the Packers go about ensuring that he is at least on the practice squad without another team scooping him up?
Brett: There's no way to ensure another team doesn't pick him up. Sometimes, teams won't play a guy in the final preseason game so that other teams can't see him and they're able to get him through waivers. But every player who is practice squad eligible must clear waivers before he can be added to the practice squad.
While Lacy had a great year, both Franklin and Starks had success when called upon. On a per-carry basis, you could even argue Starks had the best season with more homerun potential. How much of last year's running resurgence do you credit to Lacy, and how much is change in philosophy/scheme/O-line?
But would Starks have a) been able to keep up that average with the same number of carries as Lacy and b) been able to last as many games. I'm going to say no on both accounts, so while I believe the offensive line/play calling played a big part in the running game, Lacy played a bigger part.
Is there any indication on who will be Kick/Punt returner?
Gerald: Look for my special teams depth chart breakdown tomorrow on the Packers page.
Do you think you'll ever have an "Insiders" reunion with your old pals at the GBPG?
Tristan: "The Insiders" is dead as far as I know. But it was a good run.
Just heard recently that rookie WR Davante Adams had trouble catching the ball in OTAs and mini-camp. What was your impression?
JDG: When people compared him to James Jones, that was accurate right down to his hands. There were a few balls he probably should've caught, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's going to be a big problem -- yet.
Does Davante Adams have a chance at WR3? Also, will the Packers beat the Seahawks opening game?
Jon: Maybe not right away because Boykin deserves some of those snaps, but he'll get his chance at some point this season.
Can we afford to only keep 7 offensive lineman? Or do we need to keep 8? I see the starting 5 then barclay sherrod and linsley. What do you think?
Mike: They've opened the season with only seven before, but it's not something teams make a regular habit of doing. I'd bet they keep eight, and those eight you mentioned are probably the ones.
What do you think Adrian Hubbard's chances of making the team are? Outside Matthews none of the olb's seem to be anything to get excited over.
Miles: He needs to show up when the pads come on. Didn't do much in the offseason.
Still waiting on contract extensions for Nelson and Cobb, how blue will I be if I start holding my breath?
JC: Could be any time now.
I've read some reports that Rodgers was the star of OTAs...would you agree with that assessment? Making one-handed acrobatic catches and such?
Scott: He was one of a handful of guys who really stood out, for sure. But again, let's see what happens when the pads go on.
Exciting year for Green Bays defense. Who do you think will be THE MAN opposite Hawk at the MLB position?
Jonny: If you believe LB coach Winston Moss, it's still Brad Jones. I'm intrigued, however, to see what Lattimore can do.
Rob, love the work you've done on the blog, I enjoyed your articles from the Press Gazette and was glad to see you come over to ESPN, keep up the great coverage!Quick question on Johnny Jolly, do you see the Packers resigning him now that there is an open roster spot that came with the sad news about Franklin? I know they're pretty fat at DE, but I've always been a big Jolly supporter and hope to see him back...
Evan: Thanks for the kind words. Jolly is probably on their "emergency list" but at this point they don't appear to be interested in signing him now.
Do you still root for the Bears?
Brad: You can't root for anyone in this business. The only thing you root for is a good story.
Rob, who do you think will standout next year besides Mike Daniels?
Adrian: The coaches think Datone Jones is poised to break out like Daniels did last year. We'll see.
We're going to wrap things up now since it seems many of you appear to be interested in the soccer game. Did I miss anything in the game? ... I didn't think so :)
See you next week!