It’s something to see during training camp

Christopher of Hagerstown, MD

How about Say Less Wes? I love the one word answers.

That is not bad. I’m not sure it’s good, but it’s not bad.

Insiders, the jealousy was almost unbearable when they read Tom’s “I just went to work for the Packers” post. As I approach retirement and look over the successes and failures of a lifetime’s work, I regret not finding a way to work for the greatest passion in my life, other than family. Any chance you could find a spot for a retired but tech savvy senior in some internship? I can carry laptops, analyze film, make jokes, caddy, protect/make lunches and I don’t own an 88 jersey.

I would love to have someone read through all the inbox submissions every day, put aside the ones I had to answer, and fix all the grammar, spelling, and punctuation before I pass them on. I have no hiring authority and can’t pay anything though, so it looks like we’re both out of luck.

Do you think Rashan Gary will be ready to play anytime this season?

Yes, but we don’t know exactly when.

I see the Milwaukee Bucks traded a 2030 draft pick. Does the NFL have a rule about how far into the future a draft pick can be traded?

Three years out. I’m not an avid follower of the NBA, but I’ve heard that the Phoenix Suns don’t have any first-round draft picks for the rest of this decade. It seems insane to me.

First time posting a question, long time reader and lifelong fan. When Rodgers took over, I remember thinking to myself “looks like he learned not to throw INTs from Favre.” I often thought Rodgers played to not lose to a fault and Favre played to win to a fault. I know that’s not exactly true; they were obviously both playing to win, but 4 would throw the ball up while 12 would throw it away. Is there anyone like me who hopes Jordan Love takes a bit from both in terms of both styles?

It is a very popular sentiment. Personally, I don’t care what style of play Love adopts or advocates. It’s about winning games and he has to do whatever it takes to win. His two predecessors both won many games. That’s all that really matters.

Terrance from Sun Prairie, WI

How many games will it take before Love finds his way with the offense?

If I knew, I would lift the ban on gambling in Bushwood and plan for my retirement.

Confusing for this old man, but we have “OTA” … “offseason program” … “mandatory minicamp” … why not just call it all “spring training” like MLB?

Because it’s a very different time of year? I do not know. The offseason program is the all-encompassing brand. OTAs are just voluntary practices without pads within the offseason program, and minicamp is just another round of OTAs, but players are mandated to attend.

Mark from San Antonio, TX

Is there a point in the season/preseason when team training shifts to maintaining strength, not trying to build it? From an injury standpoint, it seems more maintenance could help the overall health of the team. Curious to get your insight on the strength and conditioning aspect of the season.

I’m no expert, but a lot of weight room work is for maintenance once training camp begins because of what players’ bodies go through. It is similar in the regular season as well.

Do you think special teams can still get better?

Yes. Even with all the improvements shown in the latter part of last season, the Packers still had a PAT blocked in Week 11 vs. Tennessee and a punt blocked in Week 17 vs. Minnesota.

Do players get a suggested menu to follow in their spare time? If they are in town, can they eat at the stadium cafeteria?

If a player requests a nutrition plan or if there is an ongoing discussion regarding weight/nutrition, he will receive guidance. During the downtime, the player’s cafeteria is closed.

I remember a large statue of a Packers wide receiver wearing uniform #88 located outside the old Hall of Fame building. Do you know what happened to the statue? Maybe one of you Inbox guys has it in your backyard because of that number. Thanks.

Huh, no. It was renovated and repainted with No. 80 and moved downtown just outside Titletown Brewing Co. as a tribute to Donald Driver following his retirement as the franchise’s leading receiver.

Zak from Huntington Beach, CA

I respectfully request a 24-hour inbox ban for Steve from Milwaukee so he can think about his statement that a Packers vs. The Jets Super Bowl would be a dilemma for fans as to which team to root for. I don’t care if the group plays against the ghosts of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi, we ALWAYS root for the Packers. I’m willing to count Sunday as “time served” since this is a first offense, but his wrist definitely needs a good slap.

Evan will drive you for it.

It seems that most of the content posted regarding Rodgers and his new team is very supportive. I’m honestly just starting to wonder if there is anyone out there who feels like me? I don’t want the Jets to win a single game, I said it! Is that so wrong?! Can I still appreciate what we had yet completely rooted against him? Wait, it feels like I’ve done this before.

I got a kick out of this. Fans are allowed to feel how they feel, which is part of fandom. And yes, we’ve been through both sides of this before.

Hey guys! I’m excited to see a full season of Keisean Nixon at the nickel/star position. But in September, who do you think is the next man behind him in that role? It seems like most cornerbacks are best suited on the perimeter. Would it be Stokes? Jean-Charles? Carpenter? One of the safeties? Thanks!

That’s a good question and something to watch during training camp as far as who is the nickel with the No. 2 defense. I could see freshman Carrington Valentine getting a crack at it. Shemar Jean-Charles too. Jaire Alexander and Darnell Savage are both capable of playing there if required.

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