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Chad from Town of Middleton, WI

I did not realize there was going to be an expansion team in Ishpeming. Any news on a team name, mascot, or scheduling ramifications? I’m thinking it’s the first domino to fall in creating five teams per division and an 18-game season.

Ishpeming’s time came and went. The Packers played up there in the inaugural 1919 season and won, 33-0.

Hey Mike! Loved the answer Tuesday about short road trips. But just to clarify, although Ishpeming is a short trip, it is to another time zone (Eastern). Thanks for the great work!

Did I ever tell this crowd how Vic never wanted to change his watch when we crossed time zones on road trips? Drove me nuts.

Warmed my heart to read your reply to Daniel about to 2010 loss to Patriots. I remember the must win against da Bears to finish that season, and the awesome playoff run that followed including beating da Bears again in the NFC Championship, but had forgotten how dire things were just one week before Christmas. Goes to show you how important it is that you never give up. Has there ever been such a strong finish that turned things around 180 before or since?

It was not a strong finish by any means, but the team that taught me to never consider a playoff qualifier an afterthought was the 2008 Arizona Cardinals. They won a bad NFC West to get in, and in Week 16 they got thumped 47-7 in the snow at New England (the Matt Cassel year at QB for the Patriots, remember). That was their fourth loss in their last five games to fall to 8-7. They were locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC heading into Week 17. But that thrashing in Foxboro suddenly became their last loss until the Super Bowl, and they came within a tip-toeing Santonio Holmes from winning it all.

Steve from Saint Charles, MO

Who the heck is Chism, wearing No. 6 in Tuesday’s photo of the WR group? The name is not on the team website rosters of Tuesday and the number is listed as a QB named Kurt Benkert. I know that with all the draftees and FAs it’s hard to keep up, but his height showed up LARGE in the photo, and how can our fans play the “guess the 53” game without even knowing the candidates?

That photo was taken during rookie minicamp, and No. 6 was Keke Chism, an undrafted receiver from Missouri brought in for a tryout who was not signed. QB Kurt Benkert still has No. 6.

The question has been asked why teams would be required to kick off their season against a division rival. At a rock concert, the band typically starts the show with one of their biggest hits. Without knowing anything about the NFL thought process, I would speculate that they want to open with a splash, bringing the Day 1 excitement to a fever pitch. Yes? No? Do you have a different theory?

That’s certainly part of it. Packers-Vikings is one of five division games on the Week 1 slate. Personally, I think there’s enough excitement for everyone’s opener that the league does not need to burn an important division game that early to generate attention. But I do not run a multi-billion-dollar business, I just cover one.

Good morning II, with so much game and practice film on Davante do you think the coaches may use it a training guide? To say, see how he is getting off the line.

I do not think Adams’ releases off the line are teachable necessarily or there’d be a lot of copycats out there. He has an innate ability with his footwork and timing that sets him apart.

Zachary from Las Animas, CO

I have heard that Jaire Alexander will make 31 million dollars this year, but his cap hit is only around 7 million dollars. Can you explain how this works?

Alexander was on the books to play under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract at $ 13M. His new contract is a four-year extension that pays him a $ 30M signing bonus and a $ 1M salary for 2022. For cap purposes, the signing bonus is spread out over five years (this year plus the four added), so it counts $ 6M per year against the cap. That plus the $ 1M salary gives him a $ 7M cap figure for 2022, a cap savings of $ 6M for the Packers this year.

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