GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Each week, we'll take questions about the Green Bay Packers. They can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #PackersMail.
We'll discuss the following topics:
Why quarterback Aaron Rodgers shouldn't play another snap until Sept. 13
The lack of veteran free-agent receiver options
Richard Rodgers' role
Jared Abbrederis' concussion history
With the offensive line so banged up, will Aaron Rodgers play at all against the Eagles? #PackersMail— Ben Miskowski (@MiskoBeat) August 27, 2015
Demovsky: Backup quarterback Matt Blanchard may have inadvertently given away coach Mike McCarthy's plan for Rodgers and perhaps other key starters when he said on Thursday, "I know the starters aren't going to be playing" and added "the backups don't normally get these type of reps." With three of the five offensive line starters injured -- left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) plus guards Josh Sitton (ankle) and T.J. Lang (concussion) -- pass protection could be an issue, especially if the Eagles play their starters, as is expected. Rodgers said this week that he's happy with the work the No. 1 offense got in the first two preseason games and added that it's enough to be ready for the regular-season opener at the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13. McCarthy wisely has held out Rodgers from the preseason finale in recent years, and this year he'd be smart to follow the same plan for the last two meaningless games.
Demovsky: Who, exactly, do you think they should sign? After Nelson's knee injury, I went through the full list of unsigned players on the NFL Players Association website, and other than Reggie Wayne -- who has since signed with the New England Patriots -- I couldn't find one receiver who made any kind of significant impact in the league last year. Most teams have 90 players on their roster right now. That's 2,880 players. Do you really think there's a receiver who can play in the regular season that's not on a training camp roster right now?
Demovsky: Last year, we saw a formation that featured one tight end split out wide on his own side of the field with the rest of the receivers bunched on the other side of the formation. That's just one example of the variety of ways McCarthy likes to use his tight ends. Last season, Rodgers split his catches equally between the slot and lined up tight to the formation in a traditional tight end spot. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he had 10 of his catches lined up tight to the line (eight on the right, two on the left) and 10 in the slot (six to the right, four to the left).
Demovsky: Well, they haven't put him back on the field yet and even if they clear him to return, wouldn't it be his decision to risk his health and not the team's? If doctors do clear him to return, then it would be Abbrederis' decision to play or not. The indications I've gotten are that he wants to keep playing. As for his concussion history, the people I've talked to insist those pre-draft reports were inaccurate and that Abbrederis only had one concussion while at the University of Wisconsin.