What’s it like to be in the dead zone?

James is a Canadian from Ottawa.

Is there any day in the dead zone more miserable than a Sunday? Knowing we’re almost there (but still a long way away) from training camp. And there wasn’t even a blanket to keep us warm. Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller

On Sunday evening, I told the same thing to Pa Hod. This is a strange moment for me, but I’m grateful for it (and not just because I don’t have to work). I say this because the NFL calendar needs to include some breaks. How am I supposed to miss you if you refuse to leave? This pause, as terrible it may be, makes us all appreciate football whenever it returns.

John, a resident of Belleview, Florida

We’ve discussed how bringing in undrafted free agents has attracted more prospects to GB since they know they have a shot to make the team. Doesn’t the addition of De’Vondre Campbell and Rasul Douglas to long-term contracts after a one-year/prove-it contract help the team attract more good prospects? Is it possible that’s why Sammy Watkins came? (Though catching Aaron Rodgers’ passes has to be considered as well.) Guys looking to establish themselves as starters appear to be willing to take a chance in GB.

Yes, I believe so. To me, those past success stories send a message to the rest of the league that Green Bay is a place where free agents wanting to prove their worth will be put in a position to showcase their talents. All Campbell and Douglas needed was the right opportunity, which the Packers gave them. With so many snaps available at receiver, Watkins is in a good position to be the next man up.

Michael, a resident of Novato, California

Regarding the expectations for our defense, those who dinged our draft often cited the “reach” for Quay Walker, claiming they had him “rated much lower,” “not as good as other options,” etc. A few weeks later, some of these same outlets are seeing an improvement for our defense as Quay gives “two backers who can stay on the field for three downs.” We’ll see which is correct, of course, but it’s interesting how perspectives can change after a tiny bit of reflection.

…which is why the first voice you hear is almost never the one you should pay attention to. I don’t care what the skeptics say, as I’ve previously stated. The Packers haven’t picked an inside linebacker in the first round in 16 years. Quay Walker was put in that position for a purpose. Frankly, I haven’t been this excited about a Packers rookie draft pick since Ted Thompson traded back into the first round in 2009 to draft Clay Matthews – and that was mostly because of the family name. Walker doesn’t just give Green Bay a talented inside linebacker – he has the talent to be an all-around playmaker. Don’t overthink this, folks. He’s everything you look for in an NFL prospect.

Josh from Long Beach, CA

With the Cardinals game last year being, I believe, the only game we had without both Davante Adams and MVS, we scored 24 points. Taking that as a baseline, do you think if we averaged 24 points a game, that’s enough to match our record from last year?

The Packers only gave up 21.8 points per game last year, and I’d expect this year’s defense to be even better, so yes?

Steve from Middletown, KY

Good morning II. I’m curious about Isaiah McDuffie. He seemed to get a lot of attention after being drafted, but he hasn’t seen much time on the field, at least on the D. Can you provide an update on him and where he stands with the team right now?