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Venny from Montgomery, AL

I don’t think the lack of a true “WR 1 or 2” should be considered a failure. While risky, they still have weapons to lean on. The Chiefs fall in a similar category, yet score about 30 points per game. Juju Smith-Schuster is having a comparable season to Allen Lazard, and they lost Tyreek Hill. They also don’t seem to have a RB as dynamic as Aaron Jones. They do, however, lean on their all-world TE, Travis Kelce, and haven’t had to shuffle their offensive line.

I just don’t even know what to say to this WR1 narrative, which is why I didn’t originally answer the question. Labels don’t matter as much as production.

I understand that early in the season the waiver claim order mirrors the draft order but after a certain date, it’s based on the current standings. Could you please confirm or correct my understanding and when we claimed Hollins, where were we in that waiver claim order?

It’s worst to first using records from the previous season until the completion of Week 3 of the current year. Based on its 4-7 record, Green Bay had the No. 12 waiver request entering Week 12.

Have to disagree with Spoff on the assessment of why the Packers won’t let AR12’s thumb heal. After almost 100% of the offseason and preseason snaps, and a game and a half of regular-season action, Jordan Love has failed to impress. I believe the Packers are hiding him to keep his trade value from falling any further than it already has. If they really believe in Love, why do they fear such a drop-off if he plays?

Stop. If your analogy was remotely correct, then it would be all the more reason to play Love right now. But here’s the thing, Stu. This isn’t Denmark High School. We’re not talking about Tommy Ferfecki whose mom complains to the coach if he doesn’t get enough playing time. This is a business, and these guys are all professionals. Aaron Rodgers is the reigning NFL MVP, and the Packers are still alive in the playoff chase. It’s his ball. Nobody knows that more than Jordan Love.

Hi and hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving! If Rodgers remains a Packer in 2023, do you think that drafting a TE in the early rounds is imperative? I thought the bigger problem was with TE than WR when the Packers couldn’t make a trade. The rookie class of WRs has potential, but I think Rodgers could have used a TE who could block and make those important catches to avoid the many three-and-outs the offense had, which put more pressure on the defense. Do you see a great TE draft pick for 2023? Thanks!

I couldn’t give you an answer on how strong the tight end class will be in 2023. I do know it’s often hit-or-miss when you draft a tight end that early. T.J. Hockenson is a good pro, but the Lions got a lot less back from Minnesota than the No. 8 pick they invested in Hockenson. At the same time, Marcedes Lewis is 38 and Robert Tonyan is an unrestricted free agent in March. The Packers’ plans at tight end likely depend on the future of those veterans.

Hey guys, while watching some sporting event from a Middle Eastern country, I noticed when they are subbing the players out, they put up a graphic saying how far the exiting player traveled during the match. I saw one as high as 8 km. I was wondering if anyone has ever tracked say a wideout or safety to see the distance they travelled during a game and if so, how that number would compare to a striker or defender. My guess would be half as far but don’t really know. Thanks guys.

I feel like we asked Davante this years ago, but I’ll be darned if I didn’t forget the answer. I doubt it’s as much as a soccer player, but I believe it’s a fair distance traveled, especially considering the explosive increments.

Mike and Wes, I and every II reader enjoy both yours and our fellow Insiders’ comments and feedback. Many in the II have been following the Packers since before you were born and could offer much to the group. This isn’t a criticism but a suggestion that you be more inclusive and open to everyone’s ideas. Select more new or original submissions than the weekly repetitions. Finally, starting a response with “I couldn’t disagree with you more” doesn’t facilitate conversation. Overall, two thumbs up! GPG!

I couldn’t disagree with you more.

Packers fans have become spoiled by success and the cascade of boos last week at halftime was inexcusable. I go back to 1968 when we officially were eliminated from a chance for a third straight Super Bowl. Time was running out, the Colts had us 16-7, and at the two-minute warning, the entire Packer crowd rose to their feet for a thank you standing ovation for an awesome run of success. Now spoiled brats boo a Hall of Fame QB off the field on national TV. Times have changed, sadly.

Wow, I’d never heard that before.