The defense must play as one against a back of his caliber

Hats off to Jaire Alexander, not for his outstanding interception which was BRILLIANT, rather for his play on the goal-line stand. That pile was moving forward until Ja crashed the party. Him sticking his nose in there was the impetus to sending the pile backwards. Fields falls forward, the Packers get the ball at the 25 after a kickoff, instead of the 1-inch line.

Football players are football players. While Jaire Alexander makes his money keeping passes away from receivers, he also is not afraid to get dirty and make a play when there’s one to be made.

What is the status and depth of the TB O-line? If the most reliable part of their offense is RB, I imagine our front seven coupled with limiting our turnovers will be the key to a W.

Tampa is banged up. It started in training camp when Ryan Jensen injured his knee in practice. Longtime left tackle Donovan Smith sat against New Orleans with an elbow injury and didn’t practice Wednesday. Josh Wells started at left tackle in Smith’s stead, but then he was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Gents: The Rock in his Report: “… 620 pounds of rompin ‘stompin’ fury …” in describing a dominant O-line effort. A perfect adjectival phrase to describe what is needed from our O-line against TB. Pretty good description, huh? GPG

Exactly. As that group gets healthier and continues to gel, I expect to see big jumps week-to-week. Even with Elgton Jenkins back in the lineup last week, I thought the offensive line played with a lot more confidence and swagger.

Miranda from Rochester, NY

Good morning. annex Did you happen to see the block from Elgton Jenkins on Roquan Smith during Dillon’s run at about the 10-minute mark in the second quarter? My God, he drove Smith backwards about seven yards. It’s not often you see a grown man being manhandled like that. Yes, there’s a little size difference, but that has to be a shot to the ol ‘ego!

There is a size difference, but that advantage is neutralized by how difficult it can be for a 310-pound lineman to get in front of a quicker, more elusive linebacker in space. The most encouraging thing about the performance of the Packers’ offensive line was how well it blocked against Chicago, specifically at the second level. The Packers have placed a major emphasis on athleticism with the O-linemen they’ve drafted recently, and it’s showing up in that area.

We know Sammy was a No. 4 draft pick. Have the Packers ever had a No. 1, 2 or 3 pick on their roster?

At the same time? I’m not sure. But several top 3 picks have spent time in Green Bay (who weren’t originally drafted by the Packers): Russell Maryland (No. 1), Ki-Jana Carter (1), Tim Couch (1), Julius Peppers (2) , Rick Mirer (2), Vince Young (3), Blake Bortles (3), Akili Smith (3), etc. Charles Woodson was a No. 4 pick, too.

Do you know of anything Tom Clements is doing to continue to work with Jordan Love to assist him in getting game-ready while he’s not able to play or take many first-team reps.

Oh, yeah. That process doesn’t stop because the Packers need to make sure Love is sharp if called upon. I mentioned this earlier this month, but Love is still very much involved with the game-planning process. He’s still walking through the installation process alongside QB1.

Someone asked Spoff in the Mid-Week Chat about why Sammy Watkins wore sleeves even though it was warm. While I can’t speak for him, I know I always wore sleeves unless it was ridiculously hot because it kept my muscles warm on the sideline and protected my skin when I went to the ground. If you always practice and play like that, your body gets used to it.

For sure. Some players prefer to wear long sleeves all the time. I remember Damarious Randall usually did that in Green Bay.

Wes, are you concerned about the lack of receiving production from the tight end position?

Nope. The Packers have a conga line of options on offense – running back, receiver and tight end. You don’t have to use them all every week.

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