Variety is the spice of (football) life

Mike from Fort Wayne, IN

My first Family Night was amazing. Richard Rodgers looks slimmer and quicker, or is it different live than watching on TV? But he looked really good to me, even though it was just a practice.

Rodgers slimmed down last year, reporting for camp at 257 pounds. Rodgers has just been getting open and catching the balls coming his way. Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks are exciting new additions, but don’t forget Rodgers has been a reliable part of this offense for years.

Carl from Elk Mound, WI

Based on Family Night observations, which player has the greatest amount of work to do on their Lambeau Leap?

The quality of the Leap was fine, but I’d like to see Aaron Peck use his instincts if he scores another touchdown. Once you’re in the Lambeau end zone, you have to be thinking stands.

Ethan from La Crosse, WI

Mike dropped a pretty big “if” bomb yesterday. “If Matthews stays healthy, he’s this defense’s biggest difference-maker in the front seven.” Obviously, being healthy makes a difference for every player, but it seems like a chronic problem for Clay. I can’t remember the last season he wasn’t dealing with something along the way. I wouldn’t mind seeing less of Clay earlier in the season if it means we get a healthy Clay later on. I really just want to see him stay 100 percent for an entire season again. That’s the only way we can know for sure what he’s truly capable of anymore.

It’s only natural for fans to want Matthews on the field as much as possible. Last year was unfortunate with the hamstring and shoulder injuries, but Matthews had started 36 consecutive games (including playoffs) prior to that. He concentrated on his conditioning and endurance in his offseason workouts. Knock on wood it’ll be enough.

Warren from Lutz, FL

Haven’t heard anything about Trevor Davis. How does he seem to be developing?

He’s looked good so far, but preseason games are a lot different than training-camp practices. It’s going to be on all these young receivers to show up when the lights are on.

Jeremy from London, UK

What’s the practical value of having a Martellus Bennett in the locker room? Do those off-field positives ever translate into value as GMs see it?

Every locker room needs personality. You saw the impact Julius Peppers and Johnny Jolly had in the past, and it continues with the likes of Bennett, Jahri Evans, Ricky Jean Francois and Davon House. It’s good for young players on a draft-and-development team to…

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