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The first-time NFL coordinators will be tested by a tough Packers teamBrett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have one win in the books, and the team’s two new coordinators acquitted themselves reasonably well in their first action. Nobody was thrilled with the way Atlanta won in Chicago, mind you, but it was a win, and those remain important.

As D. Orlando Ledbetter wrote yesterday, the Green Bay game provides a stiffer challenge for Marquand Manuel on the defensive side, but it’s not going to be a peachy keen walk in the park or whatever for Steve Sarkisian either.

For Manuel and the defense, the challenge will be stopping Aaron Rodgers, dynamic running back/converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery, and a cast of solid receiving options that includes Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb, and tight end Martellus Bennett.

For Sark and the offense, the challenge is working against the Packers’ so-called Nitro package, which features a lot of defensive backs, and a quietly stout run defense. It’s not likely to hold this potent attack entirely in check, but with questions swirling in the fanbase about Sark’s aggressiveness and creativity after just one week, it could still create some disquieting setbacks.

As it turns out, the Bears did challenge both coordinators, but not in the same way you’d expect the Packers to. Chicago was only able to put up 17 points and got by chiefly on the strength of a strong ground game, while defensively Chicago did an impressive job of shutting down the run but couldn’t quite hold Matt Ryan and company in check. Atlanta’s extremely likely to score more than they did in Chicago against the Packers, but there’s a more opportunistic secondary here and a much better offense to contend with. It doesn’t figure to be easy.

If the Falcons impress here, I expect we’ll all feel better about Sark in particular. May they do so.

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One of the most important players for the New England Patriots this coming season will be tight end, Dwayne Allen. However, he didn’t get off to the start he liked with the team this spring.

Shortly after the New England Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl, they were right back out there for spring practices. With some new faces, the Patriots were beginning their preparations to attempt to repeat as champions.

As one of the key offseason acquisitions, a lot of eyes were on former Indianapolis Colts tight end, Dwayne Allen. Unfortunately for Allen, he did not appear to be ready for spring practices. His struggles become a cause of concern in New England, and he knew that he would have to be better.

Fortunately for Allen and Patriots, spring practices mean that there is time to improve before training camp. So far, it looks like Allen has worked extra hard, and is playing up to his capabilities.

“Spring was horrible,” he told Mike Reiss of “It’s one of those things where you have an offseason where you’re training, you’re doing well, you’re thinking that you’ve trained and prepared enough, and then you come into OTAs and it’s like, ‘Oh my goodness, I have not trained enough.”

With the Colts, Allen was a good tight end. In five seasons, Allen totaled 126 receptions, 1,451 receiving yards, and 19 touchdowns. While Allen might not be a starting caliber tight end, he is certainly a very good second option.

Due to the loss of Martellus Bennett in free agency, the Patriots will need Allen to be a reliable tight end. In the Patriots’ offense, they like to utilize two tight end formations frequently. Also, Rob Gronkowski is coming off an injury-plagued season. While he is healthy now, there are some concerns about his durability.

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Every young player needs that first opportunity

Marco from Garden City, KS

I may be too late but it’s worth a shot. Back when Vic started this column was when I got a job as a parts man at a truck shop. Needless to say the computer quickly had the Packers site added to the favorites tab. I appreciate what you taught us about football and more importantly life. I wish you the best in your new journey. Farewell, Vic.

You’re too late, but Vic said he’ll keep reading so here’s hoping he’ll get a peek at this.

Brian from Mather, CA

Mike and Wes, I have no doubt that Vic has left us in very capable hands to cover the exciting season ahead…and hopefully many more. I have no idea where you guys find the energy to keep up with all you do, but I can only imagine it helps to really love what you do (as did Vic). Here’s hoping for a great season for you guys as well as our Pack!

The coffee is brewing. The 2017 season is almost here. It’s a new day. Let’s get started.

Ron from Waukesha, WI

I’m liking how Ted Thompson has rebuilt our defensive line. It starts with Daniels, then add two ascending second-year players in Clark and Lowry, then sign a solid free agent in Francois and finish it with Adams, a third-round draft pick. The arrow is pointing straight up. Should we then expect to see more three-man fronts this year versus the two-man fronts we saw so much of last year?

I don’t know whether the depth on the defensive line is going to result in more three-man fronts. It’s certainly a possibility. What they are in position to do is have more natural defensive linemen on the field in nickel and dime situations. Dom Capers and Mike Trgovac have a lot of combinations to work with.

Greg from Perkasie, PA

I heard Rodgers, and now Mike, mention home-field advantage for the playoffs as being a critical factor in getting back to the Super Bowl. I understand teams don’t like to play up north in the winter, but it sounds like too much of an excuse to me. Bostick didn’t muff the onside kick because that game was in Seattle, and the Packers didn’t get blown out because the game was in Atlanta. It shouldn’t matter where the game is, just win it.

It’s about putting yourself in the best position possible. There’s a big advantage playing in front of your home crowd and not traveling the day before a game. Plus, do you remember what happened before the NFC title game? Fog forced the team to fly out of Milwaukee. The team didn’t arrive at the hotel until like 10 p.m. Was that why the Packers lost the game? No, but there’s a big difference between traveling the day before a game and being at home.

Alex from Indianapolis, IN

Who is the biggest guy, the strongest guy and the fastest guy on Green Bay’s 2017 roster currently?

Martellus Bennett is the tallest, Lane Taylor is listed as the heaviest, Corey Linsley might be the strongest and Trevor Davis probably is the fastest.

Monty from Hazen, ND

Hey guys, less than two weeks until camp starts and wondering what roster battles you are watching closest. I am looking forward to seeing who wins the starting guard spot. Not a sexy spot, but probably the most important.


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The future of the NFL is in the middle of the field

Ben from Menomonee Falls, WI

Last year the offense seemed to struggle when Jared Cook was injured, but when he came back the offense was on fire. The Patriots have always had dominant TEs. Do you think the addition of Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks will help the Pack get over the hump and make it to the Super Bowl?

The issues early in the season were bigger than just one player. Along with Cook’s absence, Jordy Nelson wasn’t back to form yet and the running game was riddled by injuries. Still, everything seemed to click once Cook was back on the field. He made life easier on everyone with the pressure he placed on defenses. I expect the trio of Bennett, Kendricks and Richard Rodgers to make a similar impact. The future of the NFL is in the middle of the field.

John from Bloomington, MN

McCarthy talks about attacking the middle of the field on offense. Is it the same thing for defense? We got stronger on paper in my opinion replacing Julius Peppers and Datone Jones during passing downs with bigger men to push the pocket like Mike Daniels, Clark, Lowry and rookie Adams. We also added better blitz options from ILB near the line of scrimmage with Burnett/Jones. If we get better at CB look out! Or am I too much of an optimist?

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports

Once the shock of the Green Bay Packers’ biggest free agent signing in years wore off, the team’s fans got another shock when Ted Thompson signed a second player in the same weekend at the same position. Martellus Bennett made the headlines early on in the 2017 free agency period, then Milwaukee native Lance Kendricks’ homecoming put an exclamation point on the upheaval on the tight end depth chart.

The Packers are notorious for using “11” personnel — one running back and one tight end, with three wide receivers — on an unusually large number of offensive plays. This makes sense for a team that carried seven wideouts on the opening 53-man roster a year ago and has big money and draft capital invested in that position.

However, with two big, athletic tight ends added to the offense, head coach Mike McCarthy expects to run significantly more plays out of two-tight end sets — “12” personnel with one back and two tight ends, or even “22” personnel with two of each — than the Packers have run over the past several years. While this is a new wrinkle and a new evolution of the Packers’ offense, it is indicative of a gradual shift in offensive philosophy that has been gaining more traction across the NFL as a response to defense’s approaches.

As Robert Mays of The Ringer wrote on Monday, NFL defenses are sacrificing size for speed, and the pendulum is starting to swing back the other direction on offense:

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Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett seems to be adjusting to his new team a little too well.  According to Jason Wilde of ESPN Wiconsin, Bennett has been getting to know his new quarterback Aaron Rodgers in ways that only he can (or will).

Bennett has been texting Rodgers in a rather candid way since joining the Packers.  Whether he’s asking Rodgers, “what kind of cookie do you like?” or “telling him little things” like his daughter using the potty, Bennett is going to make sure that Rodgers is so comfortable with him that he’s uncomfortable.

Like the internet native that he is, Bennett has also incorporated new-wave media into his conversations with Rodgers.  “I send a lot of emojis and GIFS and stuff like that to him,” Bennett said.  “Other than that, it’s just conversations.”

Although his heart may flutter whenever he sees the three dots pop up in his conversations with Rodgers, Bennett knows why he’s really in Green Bay.

“I always talk to him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants,” Bennett said.  “‘Hey, how did that look?’ or he’ll give the thumbs up.” Bennett also said that he’ll steal glances at Rodgers while he’s with other groups, and he’s constantly asking Rodgers if what he’s doing is what Rodgers wants on any given play. “Always trying to figure out, just trying to have those conversations on and off the field, trying to get to know each other as players, and as people.”

Rodgers has a rapport with his past tight ends. Despite a slow regular season, Jared Cook had an excellent postseason last year. Cook caught 18 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns after having only 30 receptions the entire regular season. Going further back, Jermichael Finley was always an important cog in Rodgers’ progressions.

The Green Bay Packers hit the ground running this year in free agency and to everyone’s surprise made the big move of signing TE Martellus Bennett. Scoring Bennett is a big upgrade from Jared Cook (despite what some analysts say) and is a huge weapon for Aaron Rodgers to have at his disposal.

However, the biggest issues still remain on defense. The secondary was a huge problem area last season and if the Packers hope to make it to the Super Bowl this year, they’ll have to address that in the draft.

Unfortunately, with the loss of T.J. Lang on the offensive line, the Packers have another important spot to fill on the roster. As it stands, it’s looking like Don Barclay will step in to replace Lang, however it’s likely the Packers will draft someone to either start in front of Barclay or compete for his spot in the lineup. Either way, Ted Thompson has several positions to look out for if the Packers stand any chance of getting Aaron Rodgers another ring.

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Martellus Bennett doesn’t like the idea of the NFL telling him the right way to celebrate during a game.

The Green Bay Packers‘ tight end wrote several tweets voicing that displeasure Wednesday in response to NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent’s saying the league is developing an educational video on the topic that it plans to show players.

Vincent tweeted Tuesday that the video would “show clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations.”

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Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennet takes a moment to interview U.S. Navy (USN) Master-At-Arms 3rd Class Marcus Sanders during the 2006 Holiday Bowl luncheon aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) on Dec. 26, 2006, while in port at San Diego, Calif. The University of California Golden Bears and Texas A&M Aggies are aboard BONHOMME RICHARD in preparation for the 29th annual Holiday Bowl. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Emmanuel Rios) (Released)

New Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett is getting into the spirit of the only publicly owned franchise in the NFL; he’s letting the people decide what number he will wear this season.

Bennett said on Twitter that with the Packers being “owned by the people,” he thought it was only right that they pick his new number.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is attending Sunday’s Daytona 500 since he’s sponsored by Monster Energy, and he had a notable thought on the possibility of teammate Martellus Bennett potentially signing a monster-sized contract in free agency.

“I’m hoping that he breaks the bank,” Gronkowski said, according to ESPN NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass. “Whenever you see a tight end break the bank, it’s good for the industry; it’s good for the position. You want to see the position grow.”

Gronkowski and Bennett were supposed to form the NFL’s most lethal 1-2 tight end combination in 2016, but it never truly materialized because of injuries. Gronkowski missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury and then was eased back into the mix the next two weeks. He then injured his back Nov. 13 and ultimately landed on injured reserve.

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