When it comes to possible faces of the Packers, Jaire Alexander is at the top of any listWes Hodkiewicz
Tyler from Green Bay, WI
It could be 70 degrees followed by two feet of snow.
That's the beauty of Green Bay. You never know whether to wear shorts or a parka.
Anthony from Southington, CT
I can think of 94 million reasons you won't mind the traffic inconveniences...maybe there might be a few more.
More than just monetary considerations, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of something bigger than ourselves. That excites me. It's not often the national spotlight shines on Green Bay and the surrounding communities. As a lifelong resident of Green Bay, I'm welcoming the NFL Draft with optimism and open arms. Positive vibes yield positive results.
Steve from Kansas City, MO
It's amusing folks think Green Bay doesn't have the infrastructure to successfully host the draft. What I learned from it being in KC this year, is that whatever the NFL thinks is missing, it will build. The hardened tent the league erected outside of Union Station to serve as the actual draft stage was bigger than what anyone imagined could happen. While the new KC airport was utilized by many, most folks from the Midwest simply drove in. My only concern is number of hotel rooms available.
That was the point I drove home with Mike Heller and Billy Schmid on iHeart in Milwaukee Wednesday. The Packers and Green Bay provide a blank canvas and the NFL paints whatever picture it wants. If the league didn't think it was feasible to bring the draft here, it wouldn't have accepted Green Bay's bid. There will be enough hotels in the region, especially by 2025. There will be challenges, but it will be worth it. I'm confident Green Bay will show out that week.
Kerry from Lakewood Ranch, FL
Not counting the QB position, is Jaire Alexander the most valuable player on the team?
Perhaps. Alexander plays a premium position and is arguably the best cornerback in the game. He doesn't seek out TV cameras, so it can be easy to overlook Alexander's work. But when it comes to possible faces of the franchise in this post-Rodgers era, Jaire Alexander is at the top of any list. The 26-year-old is a two-time All-Pro, former team captain and still getting better.
Curt from Westby, WI
Having seen your ideas on the second-year players expected to take a big leap...wouldn't it be something if the guy that makes the big leap is Christian Watson!
That's as good of a pick as any. Watson looked like a grown man on the practice field Tuesday. He talked after the season about tempering his body for the rigors of a full NFL season and you can tell he was an active participant in the weight room this offseason.
Richard from Telford, TN
It's easy to pick out the leaders in the defensive rooms, offensive line, and RB rooms. Are the TE and WR in one room or two, and who are the leaders of those young groups?
It's two different rooms. The three second-year wideouts - Watson, Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure - lead the receivers, while Josiah Deguara is with the tight ends. Marcedes Lewis was a team captain and locker-room leader, but Deguara definitely has what it takes to set the standard for the young tight ends.
Max from Annapolis, MD
How different are the "people keep bringing up Toure unprompted" vibes this year than the "people keep bringing up Juwann Winfree unprompted" vibes last year? I love rooting for a longshot or lesser-known talent, but it's tough to diagnose when/whether it is hope or insight?
No disrespect to Winfree, because he was an affable dude, but I feel Toure has more upside to his game. Winfree already had a cup of coffee in Denver and spent three years on Green Bay's practice squad. Toure is a true untapped talent who's succeeded at every level he's played (FCS, FBS and now NFL).
Jake from Decatur, GA
I liked Dave's question from Germantown yesterday, and Mike's response. I know we've seen an alignment with Kenny Clark somewhere around a four-technique to one side by himself and then three rushers on the other side standing up. Is that too exotic to put on Lukas Van Ness's plate as a rookie? I sure would hate to have to stare down Van Ness, Rashan Gary, and Preston Smith all at once...
That was one way Gary found the field during his rookie season in 2019, but the viability of that in 2023 will depend on Gary's return to play and Van Ness' maturation. If both conditions are met, I'm sure Joe Barry will be a very happy man.
John from Jupiter, FL
Morning Wes. Where did the Packers rank as to screen play usage, and do you think it will be used more with the new QB?
The Packers run a fair number of screens already, but I could see those totals going up this year. From my perspective, the more you can test the integrity of the defensive front, the more dangerous Watson becomes vertically.
Dan from Maquoketa, IA
On the flex to TNF, what happens to the teams that were originally scheduled for that game when other teams are flexed? Do they still play Thursday night or are they flexed to Sunday? If they are flexed to Sunday, does that count to the team's total number of times flexed?
Here's the funniest thing of all about the TNF flex scheduling - I didn't want it but now must explain it. Without any intimate knowledge of the league's plans, my guess is the NFL moves that flexed-out game at noon Sunday. I think it only counts as flexing if a team is moved to Thursday, not from Thursday.
Julian from Gastonia, NC
Today, I watched some college highlights of Grant DuBose from his time at UNC Charlotte. Wow he really looks good, particularly his body control. As a seventh-round pick, it's too early to think about the next Donald Driver but I'll be very surprised if he doesn't make the final 53. How is he looking at camp?
Unfortunately, DuBose hasn't practiced yet, but I am intrigued. Like Toure last year, DuBose has everything you look for in a seventh-round prospect.
Patrick from Boston, MA
Every year there seems to be one UDFA I root for to make the team. They rarely do. This year it's Kenneth Odumegwu. Talk about a polite young man and a feel-good story! How do you measure football IQ with a guy who's never really played the game? It's a steep learning curve, but this guy has EDGE written all over him.
The classroom is as important for Odumegwu as the practice field right now. Each day he's taking baby steps. Now, the dude's got massive feet but they're still baby steps.
Riley from Waukesha, WI
I'm surprised to learn you sit in cubicles. I would think the two primary writers for the organization would have their own offices. Does it bother you sitting in a cubicle, or do you like it because you're able to throw paperclips at your counterpart?
These aren't just ordinary cubicles, Riley. We have cubicle walls to protect us from paperclips and spitballs. While I am a big meeting guy, I've never had my own office...unless you count the one in the south end zone of Lambeau that Benedict Demovsky annexed from the Press-Gazette.
Spencer from Hampshire, IL
Wes, Mike's response to Nixon fair-catching reminded me of a quote: "What's a fair catch?" - Keisean Nixon, probably.
Not even probably. Nixon literally said that in the locker room Tuesday.
Dean from Leavenworth, IN
Extremely disappointed with the passing of the new 'fair catch' rule on kickoffs. Last season Keisean Nixon turned those into must-see moments. I'm not expecting Nixon and the Packers to avail themselves of the new rule much, if at all, this season. How about you Weston?
It's a real Catch-22, Dean. While I want to stay true to the spirit of the game, it's more important to me players make it home to their families after the game. This fair-catch rule seems half-measure for my taste. I like the modification the XFL made, but who knows whether the NFL would accept such a drastic change? To me, it would a better option than attempting a fourth-and-15. Plus, it saves the kickoff.
David from Janesville, WI
Wes, what a difference a year makes. It wasn't long ago that I winced when a Packers returner came out of the end zone with a kick, fearing a fumble or poor field position, and winced more when the opposing returner brought a kick out hoping that the damage was limited. After the start of a turnaround last year, I am looking forward to seeing what We-fense can do this season. Whether it's Nixon or Jayden Reed, the athletes are out there to set up a return and the confidence is growing. Coverage, too.
Oh, it wasn't lost on me the NFL made the change after the Packers developed an All-Pro kick returner. There were a couple years where I'm sure the Packers' coaching staff would've preferred its returner calling for a fair catch anywhere between the goal line and 25. The game has changed since Nixon got back there.
Mike from Lake Villa, IL
Good afternoon, Wes! This morning on the Wilde and Tausch radio show they were discussing the topic of reporters only being allowed to observe one OTA session per week. What are your thoughts as to why reporters are not allowed to observe all of the OTAs?
I don't know Jason and Mark's feelings on it, but I'm cool with just seeing one practice per week. At the end of the day, these spring sessions are all non-contact installations. Training camp is the second run-through...and it'll be here soon enough.
Alessandro from Belo Horizonte, Brazil
International fan here. In Brazil, the NFL provides an NFL Game Pass. We pay a yearly subscription fee and get access to basically everything that carries an NFL logo, including every single game from the preseason to the SB. We also get games on cable TV (ESPN), which often broadcast Packers games, as it's one of the most popular franchises here.
There you have it. Obrigado.
Victor from Bucharest, Romania
In regard to Tom from Dade City, FL's question about streaming and you wondering how games are streamed in Europe...In Romania, we are using NFL Game Pass, which costs approximately $200 per year. With that, we get access to all games and events and NFL Network shows, as well as some from other networks. As the year progresses, the price drops depending on where during the year we are. Around playoffs, it drops to about $50. With only the SB left, you can watch it for $1. Greetings to all!
That's a sensible way to do it. Thank you for reading...and informing.
Joe from Hampshire, IL
Which Packers or NFL player did you try to replicate as a fifth grader at recess time, or in the backyard with friends on a Saturday afternoon? Will this make the cut for Outsider Inbox V?
You're in, Joe.
Graydon from Menomonie, WI
So, let me get this straight. Yesterday, Spoff said that there are four levels of management between you and Mark Murphy. What about Larry? I am assuming that Larry has a seat at the table and a direct line to Mark Murphy.
Larry is on his own tier.
Andrew from Burke, VA
Mike is gone and Wes is in charge. Does that mean the Green Bay Super Bowl announcement is coming next?
It's the only thing missing at this point. What a month it has been on the breaking-news front, huh?
Spencer from Hampshire, IL
Wes, what was your playlist for running the half?
I went straight hip-hop. Jack Harlow, Dax, Kendrick, Post Malone, and J. Cole.
Derek from Eau Claire, WI
Jordan Love's interview was a real who's who of Packers players in their towels and underwear.
It's the offseason for everybody. We're gonna have to work on that camera angle if Jordan keeps doing interviews by the laundry bin, though.
Sam from Germantown, WI
The frozen bay problem has a simple solution. All we'd need are a battery powered hair dryer and a very determined Wes.
If you can dry hair, you can dry a lake...or something. Have a fantastic Thursday.
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