Every week, Packers radio play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee, who also co-hosts the “Pro Football Weekly” syndicated radio show with PFW editor-publisher Hub Arkush, answers three pertinent questions about the Packers.
PFW: Erik Walden? Did you see THAT performance coming? Yet another replacement part rose to the occasion for the Packers. How much is that due, you think, to the Packers’ coaches getting these guys to adapt so quickly to their system? I mean, can this guy have a legitimate future with the team?
Larrivee: Two things are worth pointing out here. They coach the players up well, but also the pro personnel people, led by Reggie McKenzie, do a very good job of leaving no stone unturned in uncovering "street talent." They were pleasantly surprised by Walden when they got him in late October, and he may have a future in the Packers’ defense.
PFW: Rookie RB James Starks is intriguing. Of all the Green Bay backs, he looks like he has what it takes to be a real surprise factor in the playoffs. Do you see him continuing to be a force, or once again fading back into the woodwork?
Larrivee: Haven't seen enough of Starks to know — poor practice habits kept him out of a few games. He is still learning to be a pro but doesn't look like a franchise back in the future.
PFW: Obviously, the Packers have to be concerned about Michael Vick, who did so well out of the bullpen in Week One. Beyond him, is there a player or two on Philly whom you believe the Packers really need to be concerned about this Sunday?
Larrivee: DeSean Jackson is very dangerous both at wide receiver and as a punt returner. And LeSean McCoy is a 1,000-yard rusher and Pro Bowl alternate. These guys have the explosiveness to turn a game around, but Vick is the key guy. I am looking forward to seeing what Dom Capers can do with a week to prepare for him. The Vikings’ blueprint vs. Vick was to blitz with (CB) Antoine Winfield.