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Jeff Janis has made a positive impression in the short time he’s been on the practice field.

Wilde’s Mailbox – Aug. 15, 2014

The wildly popular – OK, maybe not wildly – feature returns in a new format for the 2014 season.


GREEN BAY – Answering your Green Bay Packers questions, five at a time …

Jake: I wasn’t a fan of the pick on draft day, and after 479 snaps in a Packers uniform, a second-round pick has turned out to be a waste. In fairness to Worthy, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the 2012 regular-season finale basically wiped out his 2013 season (12 snaps), and hurting his back while training on his own this offseason – an injury that required surgery – didn’t help. I remember watching him at Michigan State, and when he turned it on, he was the kind of player who tilted the field in the Spartans’ direction. That said, he came to the NFL with questions about a motor that ran hot-and-cold, and I think we saw that during his rookie season. Perhaps the New England Patriots – and coach Bill Belichick specifically – will find a way to get more out of him. Asked about Worthy on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston before the Patriots’ preseason game Friday night, Belichick said, “Jerel is guy we had a lot of interest in coming out of draft. A player with some quickness and pass-rush ability.” We’ll see if he shows that in New England.

Brendan: He has had a quiet camp. But his 49 catches for 681 yards and three touchdowns last season do count for something. Perhaps things will change for him in these three preseason games; last week’s rain-soaked opener wasn’t exactly conducive to the passing game. But Boykin certainly hasn’t had the splash plays in practice that, say, Jeff Janis has. I am starting to wonder if Janis might not be the second coming of Donald Driver, a small-school seventh-round pick who comes out of nowhere and becomes a key contributor. (I'm not saying he'll be the franchise's all-time leading receiver, though. Let me be clear on that.) Anyway, while plays like the ones Janis has been making in practice catch your eye, there’s something to be said for being solid and consistent, which I think Boykin is. Second-round pick Davante Adams appears to be pushing him for the No. 3 job, but Adams’ wrist injury and own relatively quiet camp hasn’t led to a changing of the rotation yet. While you can plan on both being on the 53, I’m interested to see if that competition heats up in the second and third preseason games here.

Michael: Rookie tight end Colt Lyerla got a lot of attention when the Packers signed him after the rookie orientation camp, but the undrafted free agent was having a quiet camp before his Lyerla Leap hurdle on Family Night resulted in his knee injury. He did talk with reporters during the week and said that he probably isn’t going to make it back by the end of camp. That’s unfortunate, because if he’s not medically cleared by the Aug. 30 cutdown date, I think it eliminates the best-case scenario for him: Being cut and then re-signed to the practice squad. He did say in that interview that he believes taking what would essentially be a medical redshirt year would help him, even though injured reserve guys can’t practice. He’d still get a full year in the offense, in the weight room and injury rehab program and, most importantly, the team culture. I wholeheartedly believe the kid is talented and was worth the minimal risk and mild public backlash the team received for signing him. I think he deserves a fair shake – just like any other player. I hope he gets it.

Nicole: He’s still available, and while his agent, Jack Bechta, has said that he’s been cleared by his doctors to play football again, it hasn’t led to his signing. I know Packers fans hold a special place in their hearts for Johnny and were pulling for him to make the team last year and, most important, keep his sobriety. I think everyone felt bad when it turned out he’d suffered a significant neck injury and that he needed surgery. At his age and after three years away from the game, this was the last thing he needed. I guess the good news, if you can call it that, is his spinal fusion surgery was at the C5/C6 vertebrae, which is where safety Sean Richardson had his. Richardson is back and having a heck of a camp this summer. I know the Packers have Jolly on their emergency board and if injuries struck the defensive line, they still have his number. But for now, I think they’re happy with their young guys getting a long look. But never say never.

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