Some Green Bay Packers Pre-Training Camp Ramblings Part II

Last week I came out with my Pre-Training Camp Ramblings, basically just a brain dump of thoughts that I have about this Green Bay Packers team heading into camp.

I appreciated the positive feedback on this type of article, so I thought I’d go with Part II for today since I have plenty of other thoughts to share with you all. So let’s dive in!

Still time for Jace Sternberger

Prior to last season, many expected Jace Sternberger to be the team’s breakout player. However, that didn’t happen. Over his first two seasons, Sternberger has battled injuries, and he also missed some time last year due to COVID.

As a result, Sternberger has only been on the field for 301 total offensive snaps, according to PFF. That’s not a lot, especially at a position as difficult as tight end. More times than not, we don’t see tight ends truly flourish until their second or even third years in the NFL. It’s a position that requires the individual to know blocking techniques like an offensive lineman and run routes like a receiver—the transition from college to the pros is tough.

Yes, Sternberger needs to show something this year, but I wouldn’t write him off just yet.

Rodgers and Myers

I certainly don’t think it’s a big deal that Aaron Rodgers missed OTAs and mini-camp, and honestly, if he misses a few weeks of training camp, I’m not worried about that either. But something to keep in mind is that he could be working with a new center this season and a rookie one at that.

Since 2014, Corey Linsley has held down the center position here in Green Bay, and the rapport between him and Rodgers was obvious. Now, that isn’t to say that Rodgers and Josh Myers won’t get there, but they’ll also need time to work together, and there will be a learning curve for each player as they begin working together. Just something to keep in mind.

Rodgers, Love, and training camp

I think if you gave Brian Gutekunst some truth serum, he would tell you that he wants Rodgers back for training camp — duh — but if the reigning MVP wants to extend his vacation an additional few weeks, Gutey would be fine with that too. That scenario really gives Green Bay the best of both worlds; Rodgers is back for Week 1 of the regular season, but Jordan Love gets some additional and much-needed QB1 reps during camp.

WR position possibly in-flux in 2022

This seems to be flying under the radar — or maybe I’ve just missed the conversation — but the Green Bay Packers receiver position could look quite different in 2022. At this moment, Chris Blair, who was signed to a futures deal in January, is the only receiver under contract beyond this season. Of course, Amari Rodgers will be included as well, but at this moment, he remains unsigned.

We don’t know what the future holds for Davante Adams, this is also the final year of Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s deal, and Allen Lazard is a restricted free agent. With that said, Lazard will very likely be back, as could MVS and/or Adams. And who knows, maybe someone from the back-end of the roster emerges as well. But right now, there’s a lot of unknowns.

It wouldn’t hurt to add to the IDL room

I’ll preface this by saying, I do like the interior defensive line room. Kenny Clark is Kenny Clark; I believe Kingsley Keke can take another step forward, I’m a huge fan of TJ Slaton’s skill-set, and maybe Joe Barry can revitalize Dean Lowry.

With all of that said, I also believe this unit could use more depth. As much as I like Slaton, he’s still a fifth-round rookie, Tyler Lancaster is a limited player, and Lowry hasn’t been someone you want to count on for 65 percent of your defensive snaps. After those three are Willington Previlon and Jack Heflin, two UDFAs.

Adding another rotational player to the mix will lower the snap counts and take some of the burden off of Lowry, Slaton, and Lancaster. Also, Green Bay is an injury away from relying on their inexperienced UDFAs.

2021 UDFA to watch

For an undrafted rookie to make the final roster, there are two key components involved. The first and most obvious is that they have to play well. The second is that they have to be at a position with some spots up for grabs.

So with that in mind, I’ll have my eyes on safety Christian Uphoff. Coming out of Illinois State, he’s well versed in that two-high safety look that we will see from Barry. He’s also versatile, has plus ball-skills, and is a willing tackler. Uphoff is also at a position where Darnell Savage and Adrian Amos are the only roster locks, leaving at least two and possibly three spots up for grabs.

JK Scott and Hunter Bradley

I know that the Packers have competition this summer at each of these position, and rightfully so given the struggles of JK Scott and Hunter Bradley last season, but the incumbents have far more experience than Ryan Winslow and Joe Fortunato. Until I see otherwise, I fully expect Scott and Bradley to win those jobs.

Want an obscure name to watch? TE Isaac Nauta

Now, hear me out on this one. As a traditional Y-tight end in this offense, we all know how important Marcedes Lewis is to Matt LaFleur’s system—he’s basically like a sixth offensive lineman. But he’s nearing the end of his career and when it comes to the other tight ends on the active roster, while they’re all asked to block, none of them are asked to do what Big Dog does—potentially leaving a big hole to fill when he does leave.

Well, that is unless Isaac Nauta can showcase his abilities. Coming out of Georgia in 2019 as a seventh-round pick, he was known more as a blocker than a pass-catcher, and his PFF grades in the NFL — albeit limited — reflect that. He isn’t going to be a contributor in 2021, but if Nauta can continue to develop as a blocker, earn a spot on the practice squad, the opportunity for him to make the final roster in 2022 is certainly in play.

Can special teams be enough for Oren Burks to hang around?

When it comes to the linebacker depth chart, it would appear that the first three spots are pretty well set with De’Vondre Campbell, Kamal Martin, and Krys Barnes (no particular order). That alone could leave Oren Burks on the outside looking in.

Defensively he hasn’t provided the help in coverage that the Packers hoped he would as a former safety and he’s very limited against the run. He has been a solid special teams player, however, but is that enough to keep him around?

The Packers can save $945,000 in cap space by releasing Burks, and when it comes to special teams help, they have Ty Summers and Isaiah McDuffie -- who are both less expensive -- to lean on.

Eric Stokes playing time

Ultimately, performance is king but we know that Brian Gutekunst prefers to bring rookies along slowly if that’s an option. So when it comes to Eric Stokes who will be competing against a veteran Kevin King for the CB2 role, perhaps playing time-wise, he will be on a similar trajectory as Jaire Alexander was during his rookie season.

That year, Alexander still saw his fair share of snaps early on, playing roughly 60-70 percent of the defensive snaps over those first few weeks. It wasn’t until he returned from injury in Week 7 that he was out there for around 100 percent of them. Like I said, we have to see how camp and the preseason unfolds, but this is something to keep in mind.

Will Redmond

I know Will Redmond has had his issues defensively, and I’m sure we all remember his whiffed interception attempt during the NFC Championship Game, but I fully expect him to be apart of this team in 2021.

For starters, he’s still a young player, with 2020 being the first time that he saw some real playing time. I also believe he’s one of the handful of players that Green Bay is looking at for the slot cornerback role, where he took about a third of his snaps last season. Lastly, he’s inexpensive and has been a solid special teams contributor.

Versatility is the Hallmark of the OL

We saw this on display last season as this Green Bay Packers offensive line unit dealt with numerous injuries. Yet regardless of who was on the field or where they were asked to play, this was, by several metrics, still the best offensive line in football in 2020.

In taking a look at this depth chart, it’s clear that versatility is prioritized by Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur.

Billy Turner: OG, OT

Lucas Patrick: OG, OC

Elgton Jenkins: OG, OT, OC

Cole Van Lanen: OT, OG

Royce Newman: OT, OG

Jon Runyan: College OT, OG

Josh Myers: OC, OG

Jacob Capra: OG, OT

Coy Cronk: OG, OT

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Born and raised in Green Bay, WI and I still call it home. After my family, watching the Packers, sharing my opinions on the team through my writing and interacting with other fans is my greatest passion. You can find me on Twitter at @Paul_Bretl. 
 

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

July 23, 2021 at 06:19 am

Sure can't wait till camp starts...

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NickPerry's picture

July 23, 2021 at 07:05 am

First and foremost, I'll be curious if Gute adds anyone along the DL once cuts start happening when teams start making their final roster cutdowns. Tyler Lancaster just doesn't do a lot for me. Look, he's a try hard guy who IMO gives his all every play he's on the field. He's just very limited

Rodgers reporting later so Love gets more work with the #1's... Can't agree more. Love needs ALL the work he can get AND the Packers need to see exactly what they have in him. I have to be honest about this. NEVER have I hoped a kid developed faster or showed more promise than I do for Jordon Love.

I would LOVE to see Jordon Love progress so much, the Packers would WANT to trade Rodgers and his friend of Stephen A Smith retweeting girlfriend and future Mother in Law to Denver, never to be heard or again. They could all sit together around a camp fire in the Rocky Mountains and lie about how the Packers disrespected Aaron Rodgers...With ALL that money!

Sorry guys...I have this side of me that really wants VENGEANCE!!!

Uphoff... Would really like to see this kid work out. Hopefully have a Sam Shields type effect on the Packers his rookie year.

I CAN'T WAIT!!!
GO PACK GO!!!
Adam Schefter SUCKS!

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flackcatcher's picture

July 23, 2021 at 03:07 pm

I don't see the Packers adding veteran talent after the cut downs. Not with the Cap as tight as it is for this team this year. Gute and the front office are really walking a tight rope. This is a team ready to transition to a new generation for 2022 while fighting for a repeat NFCC and a Superbowl run. Talk about threading a needle...

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 08:06 am

I’m glad you bring up Nuata, who gets overlooked, but I think the 270 pound former DE Kaufusi is the obvious back up to Lewis from the PS if he has a decent camp. Nuata is smaller at 246, similar to Sternberger. He’s a decent blocking TE with good hands but limited route experience. He’d be a much more formidable general purpose physical TE than we’ve had but more of an outlet receiver than a big play threat.

With Tonyan seizing the move position, a Nuata type would seem to be a more logical counterpart than Sternberger. It’s going to be an interesting battle in camp to see how spots are allocated within TE/H Back/WR and RB, especially with Funchess being a WR/Move TE hybrid.

We hear a lot about Burks being a ST star, but to me he isn’t, he has merely been decent on a bad unit. That is not and should not be a reason to retain him again. To survive as a ST specialist primarily you need to be stand out good consistently like Bush or Janis were. Burks has not been.

I’m not worried about when Rodgers is back. At this point I think Love will be starting. Time to stop kidding ourselves that Rodgers will fold and move on. If I’m wrong, Rodgers very much needs time with his new C and also with his namesake in the slot/option role. Both positions require a lot of timing and understanding between them and the QB.

Redmond is interesting. I think he’s no star but before his injuries he was a highly rated cb prospect. He’s been a willing ST player and a decent one and the Swiss Army knife for Pettine. I think his willingness to do everything has resulted in him being played in positions he is physically ill suited to a lot and probably not helped him in his transition to safety. I will be interested to see how he performs in deeper coverage roles if allowed to settle there. He has been much better deep when allowed to play there.

Uphoff is indeed interesting, but so are Gaines, Black and Scott. I’m looking forward to seeing how these bigger S types are used by Barry. These guys project nearer the line in my view (unlike Redmond and more CB types on the 90), and could be critical pieces in this defense if any of them show. They all should be plus STers. Which ones will grab a role? Pettine hardly gave Black or Scott a chance to show us their coverage skills. Again, this is going to be a very interesting battle.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 23, 2021 at 12:34 pm

I kind of forgot about Nuata. He was rated as the best true TE in the nation entering college. Maybe he takes a big step this year. TE from College to the NFL is a steep learning curve.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 12:50 pm

He was used as a true TE, not as a featured receiver. That’s pretty uncommon. He’s a better blocker than any TE on our roster not named Lewis (or perhaps Kaufusi who is still learning the rest), has great hands but ran a limited route tree. He isn’t going to be a stretch the field type, but he’s more than capable of picking up yards and doing the dirty work. Might be a great compliment for Tonyan in this system. If he performs in camp, it’s going to be very interesting.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

July 23, 2021 at 08:02 am

Too bad many of the interesting story lines will be overshadowed by Karen Rodgers.

Thanks to CHTV for continuing the awesome coverage of the whole team.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Do you spell that Karen or Kaaron?

I still hope he shows up next week. But I am also excited to see what Love can do with his talented team mates.

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Guam's picture

July 23, 2021 at 08:03 am

I will be very curious to see how the WR and OL groups shake out during training camp. Lots more bodies than roster spots so the competition should be fierce. I think no more than 5 WRs, but the Pack might keep 10 OL, particularly if Bahk is close but not ready for the start of the season.

DL is still a concern and while I like Slaton, he is a rookie, and more needs to be done. They have one great DL, one developing DL (Keke), two JAGS (Lancaster and Lowery), a rookie fifth round choice and two UDFAs. God help us if Clark gets injured. I just don't know if the Packers have the cap room to acquire a veteran.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 09:22 am

Lancaster is actually a decent run clogger with great strength. He is nothing more, but we need that capability against the run. That said, he is depth and to think otherwise is foolish (and has led to him being misused and ineffective at times). I think Keke will show up and be more versatile if the reports of added lower body mass and power prove true. That still leaves us short in my view, as you observed. I do think Gute will look to pick up another bigger guy like he did last year. IDL is probably the one spot on the team where I think there is a clear need for that. I note they have one scheduled to visit. That suggests there is interest.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 23, 2021 at 12:26 pm

I agree CW....Lancaster, like Lowry is an important rotational/depth player.

That said, if Keke continues his climb and Slayton can spell Kenny on likely passing downs and/or Z plays the 7 tech with Gary and a resurgent Preston on the Edge....i think the front 5 can be effective...and maybe even exciting.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 12:52 pm

It’s certainly possible, though I expect us to add another body to the mix. Keke progressing and becoming more capable against the run would be a huge step.

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Guam's picture

July 24, 2021 at 07:48 am

I agree Lancaster can plug a hole, but he has little ability to pursue laterally. That lack of pursuit limits his effectiveness in the run game. As a reserve NT, he can make the roster but I would still qualify him as a JAG.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 08:10 am

This piece, actually discussing roster prospects and players in print not audio is a very welcome addition. This is what I look for in the lead up to camp in terms of content and the comments generated. Well done and thank you!

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Leatherhead's picture

July 23, 2021 at 11:43 am

I’d like to second that. Print requires more thought than mumbling into a microphone, so I think it’s often better analysis.

Coldworld, earlier you said that you think we should stop kidding ourselves, and that Love is our starting QB. I agree. This notion that Rodgers is going to magically show up, everything will be forgiven, and he’ll lead us to the Super Bowl is an awfully big stretch. The notion that his teammates don’t need to practice with him begs the question “then why do you need practice “? If your leader doesn’t need it, and the team doesn’t need to practice with your leader, then a Rodgers holdout doesn’t matter.

Additionally, there are some very possible, very real downsides to his return if he tries to show up late. The best course of action is to commit to Love and deal Rodgers, unless he shows up on time and commits…..which I don’t see him doing given some of the comments that have been attributed to him.

As always, the foreseeable future is a lot shorter than you think. Only a few months ago, people were saying Rodgers would be our QB for another couple of years.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 01:01 pm

I think Rodgers is likely not our QB this year and there is little to no chance that he is next year even if I’m wrong about this one. I know no more than anyone (nothing), but I don’t see either side backing down and I don’t think either needs to financially. The Packers won’t give Rodgers what he wants, if he wants out now, without an offer so good we can’t refuse, and I don’t see that coming (I’d love to be wrong). I think next year is far more likely. I think it could yet get ugly, but we won’t give him away cheap on principle.

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nostradanus's picture

July 23, 2021 at 08:49 am

Thanks Paul
Good ramblings as usual and there will be plenty of intrigue to talk about soon enough i'm sure. My 2 cents on today's:

Sternberger: His suspension while disappointing may be a helpful to the Packers in that he gets the help he needs and comes in hyper focused. It worked for Favre when he had his struggles (He won MVP that year). It also gives Dafney a chance to shine both on offense and special teams in the meantime.

Rodgers/Myers: I don't think this is going to be a big issue at all. Myers played for a big time program at Ohio State and of course Rodgers is Rodgers. He has taken snaps from Lucas Patrick and made it work on the fly. That is the least of our worries (if Mr Man Bun shows up that is)

The WR Room: Again; not a big issue as it would have been if McCarthy was still the coach.
Adams will get extended, Lazard will be tendered, AmRodg will be established and on his rookie contract, MVS will probably price himself out of Green Bay with a big season and the Packers most likely will draft 3 WR's in next years draft. It's all good!

IDL: Not a big issue either, there are always veteran fat boys out there on the scrap heap just eating Big Mac's and waiting to be signed to a veteran minimum deal during the season. Guys like Brian Price, Snacks Harrison, Billy Flynn, and the list goes on. Superstars? Um no. But guys that can come in and give you 10-15 snaps a game and be average? Sure.

UDFA: Uphoff? He'll most likely make the practice squad to begin with. The dude has mad physical skills but he played at a small school and didn't play at all last season due to Covid.
Sorry, he's a 2-3 year project. I actually think Jack Heflin has a chance though, he's the kind of tough gritty no nonsense IDL that could stick or at the very least be called up from the practice squad should someone get dinged up.

JK Scott/Hunter Bradley: I disagree on this one, both of these guys have under performed and the Packers could save a few million buy finding adequate replacements. With a new special teams coach and the fact there is competition in camp I wouldn't be surprised at all if they didn't let go of these Below Average and Overpaid un-special special teamer's!

Isaac Nauta TE: I was a fan of them signing Nauta. If you go back to his college tape the guy is a big, mean and nasty blocker. He's also been mentoring under one of the best blocking Tight Ends in NFL history in Lewis. He has ok hands and is not the fastest TE on the field but is mostly reliable as an outlet. I can see him apprenticing one more year on the practice squad. Also he comes from the Lions scrap heap which brought us Tonyan, thanks Detroit! You keep on spending 1st Round choices on Tight End's and we will take your scraps and turn them into stars!

Orin Burks: Burks cap hit is somewhere around a Million to play special teams! Thanks but no thanks to another very disappointing 3rd Round draft pick! Hey Gutey, don't be seduced by these RAS score guys, dude doesn't have any instincts. At some point you've got to be able to play FOOTBALL man!

Stokes: Is going to play and play a lot! With King's injury history and Stokes skills he should play 75% of snaps this year with a healthy dose of special teams mixed in! The kid will play!

Redmond: This guy is one of the worst tackling safeties in the NFL according to PFF! He's good on special teams, is versatile and cheap. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if he loses out to Black and Scott or even Gaines for the final Safety spot!

Versatile OL: When the Packers lost Campen as OL coach and brought on Steno' as OL Coach I was scratching my head for sure. But what he, MLF and Gutey have done with the OL room has been nothing short of amazing! The OL is the engine of the offense and whatever magic they are doing, please keep it up guys! They have a formula and it seems by having all of these versatile guys in the room, when someone goes down they just put in a spare part (and like my old 69 Impala) the engine just keeps on running!

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Qoojo's picture

July 23, 2021 at 09:48 am

I suspect the Rodgers drama is all about being tired of waiting for the team to field a good defense. From his point of view, it's been 10 years since he won a superbowl, and it's been defense or special teams failures preventing it. He figures that if he couldn't win one last year, given his mvp performance, then it's definitely not happening. Then he looks at Brady's pedestrian performance last year, but given a great defense, and all the accolades heaped on brady for nothing more than being a beneficiary of a great defense.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 23, 2021 at 12:15 pm

So that is why Rodgers wants to be traded from the 13th ranked D in GB to the 25th ranked D in Denver?

Rodgers had plenty of chances to get to the SB in his last 4 NFCCG. Yes the Pack needs a better D, but Rodgers won't end up with a better O if he is traded.

This is more about his Holly Dolly and probably him wanting the bright lights of a West NFL city. And he wants to get moved now so he will have 3 years remaining on the fat contract he signed in 2018.

All this is being manufactured by Rodgers.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 01:06 pm

There is a rumor that Rodgers did indeed ask for personnel changes and that those were thought so outrageous that the Board United behind the FO in deeming them totally unacceptable. This comes via some sources that have connections and I have heard it broadcast as coming direct from a member. True? I don’t know, but I keep hearing it.

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Swisch's picture

July 23, 2021 at 08:42 pm

Just as I'm getting all excited about training camp starting on Wednesday, the NFL seems intent on ruining all of the fun by basing their vaccination policies on ideology rather than epidemiology.
Plus, the NFL is apparently ramping up its divisive campaign for certain social issues in a way that labels most Americans as racists.
I'm an average American who is independent of any political party (disagreeing with both Donald Trump and the Democrats about the way vaccines have been handled, for example).
The point is not that people should agree with me, but that people should have a right to disagree with the powers that be.
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What are the odds that an NFL player is going to be adversely affected by COVID-19?
What are the odds that an NFL player is going to be adversely affected by a vaccine that has only emergency approval, with no liability to the drug companies or the government for side effects?
Shouldn't healthy young men in the NFL be able to make their own decisions about their bodies -- especially as those decisions affect their careers as athletes as well as the health of their entire lives?
Also important in the consideration is that vaccinated people are still getting COVID, such as five of the Texas lawmakers who fled the state as a group.
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If people who are concerned about COVID get vaccinated, aren't they protected regardless of whether others get vaccinated?
Why this push to force people to get vaccinated when they don't want to?
Why this suppression of concerns and ignoring of questions, such as the ones above (and those by Cole Beasley)? Is this freedom of speech or tyranny by elitists?
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This post isn't political but American. It's the NFL that's political.
Roger Goodell wouldn't let Peyton Manning wear black high tops to honor the death of Johnny Unitas. Yet now he's politicizing everything in a way that trashes America.
Maybe Goodell is trying to distract from his own outrageous salary, which is apparently in the $40-$50 million range this year. Has he published his salary in an open and transparent way?
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The point is that the NFL season is on the verge of being ruined by politics. Not the politics of any of us here at CheeseheadTV, but the politics of Roger Goodell and those around him foisting and forcing their views on us.
As much as I love Packers football, I will leave if it becomes overly politicized. Up to now I've tolerated the skewed politics of last season as virtue signaling by some and misguided idealism by others. There are real concerns of race that are being addressed, but in a partisan way that seems secular and socialist and subversive. The players are free to advocate for their concerns outside of NFL games.
However, if we can't honor a common flag, we don't have a common country. If we can't affirm and even celebrate that America is much more good than it is bad, then America is well on the way to self-destruction.
At a certain point, the NFL may leave me with little to no choice: Either leave the NFL or sacrifice my conscience. At that point I'll be forced to leave.

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egbertsouse's picture

July 23, 2021 at 11:54 am

It is totally political and totally batshit. Unfortunately, I think you are what passes for the average American these days.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 01:08 pm

Goodall has long been a professional kiss ass. It’s earned him a fortune and my total disrespect. I expected no less than the adoption of whatever is trending unless the owners force him.

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Swisch's picture

July 23, 2021 at 04:30 pm

I hope the average American sees that while last season was supposedly about empowering players, this movement of forced vaccinations shows that the NFL is really about suppressing the players into servitude.
In other words, the NFL is a sham of social justice and a mockery of its players.
If we can't see that, then America is a travesty of itself and disintegrating from within.
More immediately, the integrity of this NFL season is in serious doubt. All of the fun of being a fan is being threatened by pathetic poseurs. An assistant coach for the Vikings has apparently been forced to resign already for not getting vaccinated.
We're also talking about forfeits, to name another absurdity. Does the vaccine actually prevent a person from getting COVID, anyway, or does it just work to keep the virus from doing harm?
Rather than engage the legitimate questions, the woke crowd wants to insult average Americans as despicable deplorables.
I'm hopeful this false affectation of sophistication by elitists is growing old and tiresome and transparently fake.
I think average Americans are a good and intelligent people.
I'm proud, for example, that my immigrant grandfather was a bus driver for the City of Milwaukee, and that my dad worked his way through Marquette to become the first of the extended family with a college degree. No privilege in either side of my family. Just lots of poverty and hard work and struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children.
P.S. I don't see the radical rioters smashing and burning and looting across our country wearing NFL apparel. Average Americans are the audience for the NFL, and it's bad business to trash us.

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VinceL's picture

July 23, 2021 at 05:39 pm

LOL

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Packers0808's picture

July 23, 2021 at 05:48 pm

Two things so if you know a better way to handle the vaccines lets hear it and show the people in power how to follow your sure fire way. And just like me or anyone else you think the NFL will miss you?

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Swisch's picture

July 23, 2021 at 06:15 pm

Well, one better way would be to answer the questions and address the concerns in a respectful and and polite and compassionate way unlike the nastiness of your comment, Packers0808.
Another idea would be to go over the risk/reward for each person before every vaccination. For example, how many NFL players who have already had COVID have had any serious problems with it?
There could also be offered alternative treatments that are preventative and curative (see America's Frontline Doctors with Dr. Simone Gold).
I could list more -- but do you really care, or do you just blindly follow the party line? Is it now wrong for average Americans to ask for sincere dialogue with the government? Or shall we just sit quietly and nod our heads in passive obedience? Is it we the people, or we the peons?
One thing seems certain: No one can know the long-term effects of a vaccine that's only been around for a short while. For the government to say the vaccine is completely safe is to make a claim that is impossible to prove. It undercuts the credibility of the government right away.

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ricky's picture

July 23, 2021 at 10:41 am

Want a better defense? Spend some money and get a top notch defensive coach, rather than looking for bargains and guys who will be "good enough." Same thing with special teams. The salaries of these guys don't count against the salary cap, just the bottom line. And in football, the bottom line should be winning the SB, not having the best profit margin.

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July 23, 2021 at 11:52 am

Matt nearly landed Jim Leonard. And he offered him a big contract. Leonard even said money was not the issue and he really clicked with Matt. He almost agreed to the deal but in the end had too much loyalty to the Badgers and felt he was not ready to move to the NFL. Jim would also be the heir apparent to Chryst if he decides to retire in a few years.

I agree Barry was the safe choice as Matt knows him well. Good news is Barry kept the assistants in place and they have some good coaches.

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stockholder's picture

July 23, 2021 at 11:30 am

My Rambling is this. Adams broke off talks. Wants the big bucks. 25 mil. Between Rodgers not showing up. And Adams give me the money. Time for a fire sale? Next Turner- I want him back at RG. He couldn't handle LT against the Bucs. So why make him into a Tackle and over-pay Him too. Next- Lowrey? Why the Love. Every time he gets to the playoffs he's pooped out. Next:Why Lose Alexander. Why lose a guy who comes to play? Pay him first. And the earlier the better.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 23, 2021 at 12:05 pm

Adams broke off talks because Hopkins broke the bank. AZ essentially stole him from Houston so I guess they felt it was ok to give him an eye popping two year deal. So Adams & agent said they wanted Hopkins money and with the Packers cap and Rodgers soap opera, their finances are very tight. If Rodgers sits or is traded, Davante may yet get his new K.

Adams will likely be given the unrestricted franchise tag in 2022 now, IF Rodgers comes back.

Interested to see what the two masters students from Iowa will do. Both in the trenches....Heflin DL and Cronk OL.

OL cut downs will be a chore....so many players with talent, upside. I think they keep 10. Most of the guys they cut from OL will be snapped up by other teams, I fear...won't make the PS.

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Coldworld's picture

July 23, 2021 at 01:11 pm

I’d plan to tag and trade him next year even if Rodgers doesn’t return. Buys time this year and I think that’s going to be helpful.

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packer132's picture

July 23, 2021 at 05:35 pm

Tagging a player usually ticks him off, and who knows if you get 100% effort. That's a tough call, as he will be 30 soon and I can't see paying a WR $28 million. The tag will be about $18 million which is a little easier to swallow. The GM has a very difficult job to manage 53 players and salaries, as you can't get every one right.

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jont's picture

July 23, 2021 at 06:30 pm

Deguara just went on the PUP list.
No details reported yet.
Let's hope he's not out for long.

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