Pete Dougherty will answer your questions starting at 2 p.m., but please feel free to submit your questions before that.
Hi everybody, let's get right to it. So far so good on Taylor. I haven't noticed him at all during games, which generally is a good thing with offensive linemen. And when I've re-watched the games he's looked pretty decent. He actually might be as good a run blocker as they have. He's not the pass blocker Sitton is, but he's been fine so far. I'm sure there will be some tough matchups ahead for him, but really, I don't see them being much worse off than they were with Sitton, not enough to make a difference in their season. As for adjustments, they've got to improve their pass defense. Randall got smoked the last two games, he's a talented player who needs to play like one.
Yeah, you can make that argument. It would have made the Packers' passing stats better last week because of the 66-yard interference penalty. Don't know if the league ever has considered that. If they did it, what should they do about penalty yardage? Probably hard to include it in penalty yardage and passing yardage.
Don't think so. On IR he'd have to miss at least eight games, so if they think he'll be back before then, then why put him on IR? Unless you're suggesting that he shouldn't play again this year. Haven't gotten any indication that's in the cards, but with four concussions in the NFL and another going back to college, I'd think retirement is something he at least has to think about, depending in part on how he's been feeling while recovering from this concussion.
Beckham is really, really talented, so he's an especially big challenge for a pass D that's been bad so far. Getting more pressure on the QB always helps, and as noted earlier, Randall has to play a lot better than he has so far. They definitely miss Shields.
I don't know their plan for Janis, but considering how much time he's missed at WR with the club on his hand, it could be a few weeks before he gets on the field much besides special teams. He looked good in the offseason practices that were open to reporters, at least with his ability to get deep, then not as good in camp before getting hurt. He has a lot of players to go past to get on the field -- Adams, Montgomery, Davis, Abbrederis. As for Adams, the problem is that the drops haven't gone away. He makes some relatively routine plays and every once in a while a tough catch, but then he drops an easy pass or fails to come down with a tough but catchable ball. That's the pattern going back to last season. He's not a quick-twitch guy, so there are plenty of times when he doesn't get much separation. If I were the Packers, I'd mix in the other guys with him and maybe do more four-receiver stuff, especially with Cook out.
It has to be, even if he's cleared to return soon. Four concussions in the NFL, including one that kept him out for a month late last season and now this one. It has to be a big concern for him and his family. He has to think about the long-term consequences. But we don't know how he's been feeling while recovering from this one. Is he having bad headaches and major light sensitivity, things like that? Those things will affect his thinking too. If the symptoms are bad, I'm sure they're absolutely miserable. We just don't know how he's doing day to day. The Packers are just giving the perfunctory "he's improving" answer, which reveals nothing.
Yeah, the secondary looked like a strength coming in, and I still think it will be season's end. They have good young players there. But they've got to play like it at some point. Randall has had a bad start, so that's a big part of it. Burnett's been out with back and groin injuries, that hasn't helped. Clinton-Dix has been fine but has the ability to be better than that, maybe even a star. So the question is whether these young guys grow quickly during the season. They need to, that's why they were high draft picks.
I'm a little surprised at that too, he caught a lot of passes in camp. He doesn't have as much upside as the rest of the WRs, but he had as good a camp as anyone outside Cobb (Nelson basically didn't practice until the very end of camp). Maybe we'll see more of Abbrederis this week or a little down the road. It's a long season, so you'd think he'd get his chance, especially because no one has emerged as a clear No. 3 who needs to be on the field most of the time.
I didn't see that, he was here when I started here in 1988. Used to see him at the old Candlestick, always friendly to everyone in the newsroom. Thank you for letting me know.
Everyone is back at practice at least part time except for Shields (concussion) and Cook (ankle). Looks like neither of those two is playing this week.
I would think he'd do more mixing and matching like he did last week, they just don't have a No. 3 who's good enough to justify being on the field all the time. Looked a little more like his early offenses here with the changing of personnel, though when Favre was QB it seemed like they were changing personnel groups almost every snap.
I'm going to predict over. They had to have learned something from the adjustments they made for Detroit after last season's struggles had carried over to the first two games, didn't they?
Yes, more electronic media. It's a big push in our company and media companies all over the country. That includes more video, etc. I wonder how long it will be before there's no actual newspaper and it's all electronic. That day is coming, I would think, though if I remember right the PG has the biggest market penetration for newspaper sales in the country. The problem is, it's still declining.
Sometimes teams are just wrong on a guy. I do wonder whether McCarthy and Rodgers were maybe trying to pump up his confidence, that might have been the case with all the praise for him going into 2015.
It should help, though as another questioner suggested, he also could be rusty with the time he missed in camp and early in the season with the back injury before this groin injury came up. But he is a solid and experienced player.
No, it doesn't, though a TE's size makes it easier because they're big targets. You see that sometimes with Cobb, he's such a small target that the throw has to be really, really accurate. But Nelson should help there, he's 6-3.
Have not heard anything about that, but you're right, he has the speed to outrun some mistakes, whereas Gunter doesn't. Then again, Hawkins gave up the long touchdown at the end of the first half last week, that was a huge play that set up Detroit for double up (TE at end of half, then on first possession of Q3) that got Detroit back into the game.
As long as Randall is here, a move to safety is always a possibility because of his college experience there. He did play a lot of nickel at ASU though, so maybe his role ultimately will be as a nickel slot guy. Capers and Whitt keep working both him and Rollins in the slot, neither has shown to be clearly superior there, and that's an important playmaking position in Capers' defense. They also have Brice, the undrafted rookie, who looks like he has real potential at safety down the road.
I'm not sure this really is a shot at starting TE. I'd think when Cook gets back he'll be the starter again.
You can't rule it out at this point. He improved immensely in his first training camp, then was a better player in camp this year than last year, more polished, etc. You never know for sure with guys until they start for most or all of a season, or maybe even a tad more than that. Sometimes guys look great as a fill in, then the next year when teams have scouted them more thoroughly, their weaknesses show up and they just can't quite do it. That's not at all uncommon (Nick Foles, for example). But Hundley has a lot of ability -- a live arm, good mobility, seems to have a nice calm temperament. So he's at least got a chance. Too bad he had the ankle injury in camp, would have really helped him to play in games that other teams could watch on tape. Next preseason will be huge. If he shows well, the Packers might be able to get a good draft pick for him in 2018.
Don't take this to the bank, but I think the Packers will get a one-week roster exemption for them if they want. An injury or two could decide the matter, somebody for instance could get hurt Sunday and go on IR. If not, I'd think Price would be a good bet to back to the practice squad when Pennel returns. Maybe Evans would get cut when Goodson is back, or maybe Goodson is the one who gets cut, I don't know.
From what I've read by Pro Football Focus, Hayward is off to a great start. But I still think they made the right move there and am not convinced that by the end of the season they won't be as well or even better off. Hayward had a really good rookie year, then was decent after that. He was experienced and knew Capers' defense well, so they lost some knowledge. But Randall and Rollins are more talented physically. I could be wrong, and maybe Hayward has made a big jump that will last all season. But it's early, and I still think come December things will look a lot differently than they do now. We'll see. A lot depends on Shields' return, too.
OK, this will have to do it, other duties to get to. But thanks for coming by on such short notice, always great to talk with you. We'll do it again next Thursday. No update on Linsley except that he's eligible to come off PUP after the sixth game, and then he can be activated any time in a six-week window after that. Will be interesting to see if they stick with Tretter at center or go back to Linsley whenever he makes it back. Thanks again everybody and until next time, take care.