It’s been a lifetime in the making

I recently read a stat that 50% of WRs drafted in the first round never have a 1,000 yard season and 30% have no more than two 1,000 yard seasons. It makes me wonder why so many fans thought trading to draft a WR high in the first round, or first round at all, was a great course of action. The law of averages says that no matter where the WR was written, it probably wouldn’t have a huge impact. Considering how many good WRs the Pack has gotten outside of Round 1, why not just trust the system that’s been working for 30 years?

The only conclusion I can draw is that receiver is one of the more glamorous positions, so fans naturally gravitate towards him. I don’t blame them for wanting a first-round pick at receiver. My gripe has been, and always will be, that these national sites tease fans that “Aaron Rodgers never threw a touchdown to a first-round pick.” It’s lazy and disrespects all that Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams have achieved in their decorated careers. That’s six receivers who, in my mind, are all Packers Hall of Famers. I’m sorry none of them got picked in the first round.

Hello Wes and Mike. I know many consider Lazard lacking in speed, which contributed to him not being drafted. However, I would submit MVS’ 74-yard TD against the Raiders in 2019 as a rebuttal. Take a look at the rear Packer which seems to run step by step with MVS and certainly doesn’t lose ground. Maybe a bad reputation?

This is not an athletic meet. It’s a football match. I don’t care what Lazard’s 40-year-old era was then or what it is now. He’s a receiver at his peak who is trusted by Rodgers.

With all the talk on Romeo Doubsand Aaron touting Allen Lazard as No. 1, it seems to me Samy Watkins is overlooked. I was in training on Thursday and was very impressed. I realize it’s right at this point to wonder if he can stay healthy for a whole season. However, it doesn’t seem to me that his string of injuries robbed him of his speed and quickness.

Watkins still has his speed. It took me two practices to figure this out. Echoing what Larry McCarren said earlier this week, Watkins eyed the role. Its taken off on the road to Jordan love was one of the top five games in camp so far. If he’s there, Watkins will produce. It’s just about staying healthy. Oh, and Watkins was a former first-round pick. I’m sure the experts will like it.

Mike, you mentioned that your impression is that Romeo Doubs would rather not have the media attention. Does the team have a person, or a team, to help the players in their relations with the press? Not so much what to say, but how to introduce yourself, manage nerves, etc. From a PR perspective, I think it would be beneficial to the team, as the public perception of a player reflects positively or negatively on the team as a whole.

For the record, Roméo Doubs has only been respectful and courteous with the media so far. I think what Spoff is saying is that Doubs is not the kind of person who likes to draw attention to himself (beyond what he does on the pitch). He behaved well in the locker room and said yes to every interview request I witnessed. He’s just a low-key personality and that’s OK. The same was true for the other No. 87.

I loved Spoff’s response on weighing the balance between present and future options regarding roster building. Also, why would Brian Gutekunst, et al, force a decision now when more recent (and better) information is coming shortly? If you don’t incorporate current information – and update your ratings as current information becomes available – I guarantee you will fall behind your competition. Let the information come to us rather than us.

The thing I found most interesting about Kurt’s question from Traverse City is that he tried to use a business analogy before offering a prompt that no successful business would subscribe to. You want to make money today and tomorrow. Neither. If anything, Gutekunst have better positioned their teams to win now based on their willingness to sign De’Vondre CampbellDennis Kelly and now Dallin Leavitt to increase youth post groups/units.

Tracy from Little Rock, AR

Is it likely dock walker plays on the edge some to blow Preston Smith and Rashan Gary? I am concerned about the depth of this group of posts.

Likely? No, but it’s possible the Packers could use Walker to go after the passer a bit. He has the size and the speed to do it. But I don’t think it will be as simple as replacing Smith or Gary, one for one.

Really enjoy the quick videos, “Three Things” and locker room highlights! Thanks for all the great content. You haven’t heard much about backup RBs, do you have any insight into how the younger ones are doing?

I wasn’t in practice on Thursday, but Andy Herman mentioned Tyler Goodson have a nice day. With patrick taylor a little battered at the moment, next week could be huge for Goodson and BJ Baylor ahead of the first preseason game in San Francisco. Goodson was a steady and reliable running back in Iowa and should have plenty of opportunities during the exhibition season to show what he can do.

A question about the two dozen forgotten gentlemen of the camp who are not part of the final 53 or the training team. They obviously work hard at their job. Do they have other football options like basketball players? Could you provide a general summary of what happens to them? I’m sure there are great human interest stories as well as tons of heartbreakers.

Like everything in life, some players sign elsewhere, some play in different leagues, and some move on to new careers, including coaching. What I like about the practice squad expansion is that it keeps more players in the NFL system. As good as it is to have the CFL, XFL, and USFL as secondary options, it’s much easier to stay in the NFL by learning your team’s playbook and getting called up.

Nathan from Manitowoc, WI

Is the starting TE in two years currently on the roster?

Yes. Some people call him “Bobby”.

Wes, Jordy was there. In Green Bay. Jordy’s long-awaited story was just waiting to be written and you were gone. Shame. We also missed you at family home evening. Hope you enjoy Canton!

I saw that! However, it made me smile seeing all the posts related to Jordy. It’s always a good day when “87” is in town.

They say you always remember your first QB. Being a child of the early 1970s and discovering “gridiron” as a teenager, did I have the last years of Lynn Dickey? The early years of the majestic “Majik Man?” No, I will always have a soft spot for Randy Wright. Waiting for the Tuesday morning newspaper here in the UK to find out my team had lost (again) and then over the weekend to read a usually short article about the sad story of the previous week’s debacle. Happy Days. See you in London!

I’m glad you have something to cheer about these days.

Hey II, are the Packers scouring the league to sign a backup Jugs machine? I’m surprised there’s only one!

JUGS machines are like bettors. There is only room for one.

I don’t know about everyone, but I’m a little tired of stolen lunch references. If you need filler comments, try something else for a while.

I guess you’re more of a breakfast guy?

Dan from Indianapolis, IN

Is it even legal to have half things on “Three Things”!?!?

If Larry wants a “half thing”, he gets a half thing.

Brock from Waterloo, Canada

My girlfriend is entering her first season as a new Packer fan and wants to cook pre-game meals. She just asked me “Is cheese a thing?” How would you answer this question?

“It is not obligated !” Have a great weekend everyone.

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