Now it is impossible not to notice him.

Megan from Minnetonka, MN

Who else is ready for the regular season to begin?

You can’t see it, but I’m raising my hand.

Well, Spoff, what did we miss last night? PS I can’t wait for that segment to come back. It is always enlightening.

He’ll be back real soon, but I thought Jordan Love took another step. Yes, there were a couple of shots he should have hit, but Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure and Amari Rodgers all had catchable balls for big plays that slipped away. Love didn’t hesitate and made some high-quality deliveries downfield. I also liked what the left side of the offensive line did with those good runs from Tyler Goodson in the second quarter. Those narrow lanes just got wider, and that’s the best the Packers’ running game has looked this summer.

I saw everything I needed to see from Jordan Love tonight. The Packers’ future at QB is bright. But I need to see more of special teams. How would you rate that? The future of special teams is… fuzzy? stormy?

I’m not jumping to conclusions. Bisaccia has work to do, but she’ll gladly dive in. I maintain that she is looking for the guys she can count on, and the ones she can’t won’t be there. I suspect the whole change in personnel, giving guys tryouts, per se, led to the number issues.

Do you think any of the USFL guys have a solid chance of making the final 53? Micah Abernathy certainly seemed to make a name for himself during yesterday’s game. I’ll be curious to see if he can stack up a few days from here.

I also. He made a couple of very athletic plays, and if he can help out on special teams, he’ll go from being a long shot to a shot.

Watching the Saints game, like a complete ignorant, I had a feeling that the wheat and the chaff on the roster were beginning to separate. Do you think Gutey’s job got easier or harder last night?

I don’t think it’s ever easy, and preseason games aren’t the most important thing. However, they do provide clues as to who might be claimed, and that always influences the final analysis.

John from Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Regardless of what Danny Etling does in his NFL career, he’ll be able to tell his grandkids about the night he ran for a 51-yard touchdown that Aaron Rodgers described as almost hitting 18½ miles per hour.

Those wheels were awesome. Even more was hearing from LaFleur after the game that he turned the play into a reading option on his own. It takes some guts for a guy to take his place, and he made it work, big time.

Aaron was wearing a headset during the game. Who are you communicating with?

I think offensive coaches are in the booth and others are on the bench. They are all on the same channel.

Tim from Grand Rapids, MI

Isaiah McDuffie is absolutely REAL! A man on a mission! Proud of him!

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a dramatic jump from Year 1 to Year 2 from a player who isn’t a starter or in the regular rotation from the line of scrimmage. McDuffie was barely heard of when he was a rookie and now it’s impossible not to notice him.

Is Caleb Jones the first to get off the bus?

I don’t know, but it’s getting noticed for more than just its size. With that, the rest of this column focuses on pre-game thoughts and I promise to dive into more game questions in Monday’s column. Thank you for understanding.

Mark of Burnt Hill, New Brunswick

Hi Mike, (formerly Mark from Regina) Thought I’d congratulate you on the success of Kelsey’s pre-game anthem. Obviously, I’m writing this a few hours before the event, but I’m doing it for a reason. My daughter, Caelegh, was asked to perform the Canadian national anthem for the Toronto Maple Leafs at a preseason game a while ago. I think, (I know) that I was more broken than her, for days and days. She did great, I’m sure Kelsey will too!

Dad was definitely more nervous than his daughter, but he pulled it off and it was the memory of a lifetime for all of us. Thank you all for the well wishes and recognition. Please trust that everything was read and appreciated.

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