Answering Your Questions from The Head Cheese MailbagPosted:Aug 4th, 2011 2:36 pm
Feel free to shoot me questions about our favorite team via the comment section below or the "contact us" button and I'll post them here and give you my thoughts.
Do you see the Pack going for any available, experienced free agents left on the market? Old South Side Guy
I always love that one OSSG. No, there's a much better chance old Ted will find one or two guys who get cut loose late by another team than finding one on the current free agent list. Barring any serious injuries in the preseason, the roster seems deep in most places. But an injury at ILB, the D line or at safety could cause him to scan the waiver wire. By the way OSSG, I had enjoyed that great Packer article a few months back. Thanks for sharing, but next time just give us the link. :)
I read somewhere that Ryan Taylor played H-back some in college. So if Quinn Johnson doesn't show improvement, could we keep five tight ends and one fullback? Chad
I'm not sure, in this shortened off season, that the team has the luxury to see how versatile Taylor is. Right now, he's fighting for a roster spot at a deep position, but has clearly shown that he has talent. With Quarless back from injury, he has a chance to reclaim his spot on the depth chart, but right now with Finley and DJ Williams locks to make the team, Taylor, Quarless and Crabtree are probably fighting for two roster spots. Looks like Havner will be switched to LB.
Last year, before Finley got hurt, Jennings was grumbling some because the ball wasn't coming his way. Any chance it happens this year? Is it a valid argument? Triple G
Sure, it's a valid concern. I thought Rodgers was a bit too lasered in on Finley early last season myself. He is an amazing talent and a matchup nightmare for most teams, so I understand why Rodgers was licking his chops. But since he's coming off an injury and being eased back into things, I think you'll see the ball spread around liberally this season.
Finley is in the last year of his deal, as is Jordy Nelson. Will that influence their roles in the offense? Thompson would be wise to wait on both of them to see how they perform and whether they can stay healthy. But they both could get inked to new deals late in the season, as Bishop and Tramon Williams were last season.
After last season, let's just hope everybody stays healthy. As reader Spencer commented, adding Finley, Grant, Cobb and Alex Green to an already potent offense (not to mention the rookie tight ends who are turning heads), makes for an exciting predicament for Mike McCarthy. If there are no major injuries to the skill guys this year, Rodgers could be in line for his first MVP award.
What do you think of the KR/PR situation? I hope they don't keep sending Charles Woodson back there. Joan
You won't see Woodson back there, except maybe at a key moment in a playoff game. I'm hoping Tramon Williams' days are numbered at punt returner as well--though he's been getting reps in training camp. Electrifying rookie Randall Cobb will be given every opportunity to win the punt return job, something he was very adept at in college. Kickoff returns are less important now that kickoffs have been moved up to the 35. Rookie Alex Green is getting a look there.
How do you see the RB position shaking out? Thoughts on Alex Green. Lynn Dickey Fan
It's hard to know what to expect from Alex Green. In Hawaii's spread offense he had holes that Gilbert Brown could fit through, even after a visit to Burger King. He's big, can break tackles and is a very good receiver. He seems perfect as a third down back, but will need to prove he understands all that goes with pass blocking and blitz pickup. If he's a quick study he can step into Brandon Jackson's role.
I thought there was a good chance the Pack would cut Ryan Grant loose, but clearly they are bringing him back and he will be the opening day starter. I look for the Packers to use both Grant and Starks throughout the season to keep them fresh for January and beyond. Just a hunch, but I think Starks ends up being the primary ball carrier by the time the post season rolls around.
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