Inbox: Now it's impossible not to notice it

Inbox: Now it’s impossible not to notice it

Megan from Minnetonka, Minnesota

Who else is ready to kick off the regular season?

You can’t see it, but I’m raising my hand.

Well, Spoff, what did we miss last night? PS: I can’t wait for that segment to return. It’s always enlightening.

It’ll be back soon enough, but I thought Jordan Love was taking another step. Yes, there were a few throws he should have hit, but Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure and Amari Rodgers all had catchable balls for big plays that got away. Love did not hesitate for a moment and made some high quality deliveries in the field. I also liked what the left side of the offensive line did on those nice runs from Tyler Goodson in the second quarter. Those austerity lanes kept getting wider, and that’s the best the Packers’ ground game has seen this summer.

I saw everything I needed to see from Jordan Love tonight. The future of the Packers at QB is bright. But I need to see more of special teams. How would you rate that? The future of special teams is… hazy? Stormy?

I’m not drawing any conclusions. Bisaccia has work to do, but he dives into it with great enthusiasm. I maintain that he’s looking for the guys he can count on, and the ones he can’t, won’t be there. I’m guessing all the changing staff – giving guys tryouts per se – led to the number issues.

Do you think any of the USFL guys have a good chance of making it to the last 53? Micah Abernathy certainly seemed to make himself known during the game yesterday. I wonder if he can stack a few days from here.

Me too. He made some very athletic plays and if he can help in special teams he will go from longshot to has-a-shot.

Watching the Saints game, I got the feeling that the wheat and the chaff on the roster are starting to separate. Do you think Gutey’s job got easier or harder last night?

I don’t think it’s ever easy, and the preseason games aren’t everything. However, they do provide clues about who can be claimed, and that always plays a role in the final analysis.

John from Dakota Dunes, SD

Whatever else Danny Etling does in his NFL career, he’ll be able to tell his grandkids about the night he ran 51 yards for a touchdown that Aaron Rodgers described as nearly 18½ miles per hour!

Those wheels were impressive. In fact, after the game, he learned from LaFleur that he had turned the game into a reading option himself. It takes some guts for a man to be in his place, and he made it work, great.

Aaron wore headphones with a microphone during the game. Who does he communicate with?

I believe the offensive coaches in the cabin and others on the sidelines. They are all on the same channel.

Tim from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Isaiah McDuffie is absolutely REAL! A man with a mission! Proud of him!

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a proverbial Year 1 to Year 2 jump so dramatically from a player who isn’t a starter or into the regular rotation of scrimmage. McDuffie was barely heard of as a rookie and now it’s impossible not to notice him.

Is Caleb Jones the first man on the bus?

I don’t know, but he’s noticed for more than just his size. With that, the rest of this column focuses on pre-game thoughts, and I promise to dive into more questions about the game in Monday’s column. Thanks for understanding.

Mark from Burnt Hill, New Brunswick

Hi Mike, (I’m formerly Mark from Regina) Just thought I’d congratulate you on Kelsey’s pre-game anthem success. Obviously I’m writing this a few hours before the event, but I’m doing this for a reason. My daughter, Caelegh, was asked a while ago to sing the Canadian National Anthem for the Toronto Maple Leafs for a preseason game. I think, (know) I was more of a wreck than she was, for days. She did a great job, I’m sure Kelsey will too!

Dad was definitely more nervous than daughter, but she made it happen and it set the memory of our lives for all of us. Thanks to everyone for the get well wishes and recognition. Please trust that everything has been read and appreciated.

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