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Packer Plus - - NEWS - Pack­ers beat writer Michael Co­hen an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, fol­low­ing Green Bay’s win over Detroit. Read the com­plete tran­script at json­line.com/pack­ers.

Q: Why wasn’ t Jordy play­ing more in the slot?

A: I won­dered the same thing. It was pretty clear af­ter the first quar­ter or two that Jordy could not get open against Dar­ius Slay, the Lions’ top cor­ner, and the suc­cess he did find came against zone cov­er­age or on plays where he lined up in the slot. He did move to the slot pretty heav­ily for parts of the sec­ond half, but it wasn’t as of­ten as I would have guessed. We’ll see what hap­pens this week against Janoris Jenk­ins of the Giants. He’s just as good if not bet­ter than Slay.

Q: Is Josh Hawkins a ser­vice­able guy to play next Sun­day?

A: This is the po­si­tion I’m most in­ter­ested in for Sun­day’s game. I have no idea who will be healthy enough to play against the Giants aside from Gunter and Hyde. Ran­dall, Rollins and Dor­leant are all ques­tion marks. As for Hawkins, he made that one ter­ri­ble mis­take against the Lions and we haven’t re­ally seen him from scrim­mage since then. The fact that Dor­leant passed him al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter com­ing back from IR gives you an idea of what the coaches think of Hawkins right now. He’s low on their trust list.

Q: With this de­fense un­able to stop the pass how will the Pack stop OBJ?

A: There’s no doubt Odell Beck­ham Jr. is go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult matchup for the Pack­ers, es­pe­cially if all their cor­ners are banged up like I men­tioned in the pre­vi­ous an­swer. But the Pack­ers can take so­lace in this: They limited OBJ to five catches for 56 yards and a touch­down in the first meet­ing ear­lier this year. LaDar­ius Gunter did the job for most of the af­ter­noon de­spite a sig­nif­i­cant speed dis­ad­van­tage. I would imag­ine they fol­low a sim­i­lar plan with Gunter on OBJ this week.

Q: Pack­ers played all 5 NFC play­off teams dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. I can’t imag­ine that’s hap­pened too of­ten.

A: I didn’t re­al­ize that un­til now. Pretty in­ter­est­ing quirk. I bet you’re right.

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