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Five questions with Packers play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee

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By Dan Arkush

Each week throughout the season, PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush hooks up with a personality who has connections with the Packers and asks him five Packer-related questions. This week, Dan connects with Packers play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee, who also co-hosts PFW's syndicated radio show.

1. Were there any roster moves that particularly surprised you — i.e., players you thought would not be released or, conversely, players who you were surprised made the team?

Larrivee: I thought it was interesting they kept both rookie free-agent OLBs Vic So'oto and Jamari Lattimore.

2. Was there anybody who stuck out with a particularly good training camp/preseason?

Larrivee: So'oto had a great camp and so did WR Tori Gurley, who landed on the practice squad. Of the veterans, it is hard to argue with Aaron Rodgers' numbers in the preseason.

3. What do you make of the Packers' running game? Is Ryan Grant still the starter, or will he share the load with James Starks?

Larrivee: I am curious to see how the running game takes shape right from who starts between Grant and Starks. I still don't know if they have a third-down back they can trust to pick up the blitz like Brandon Jackson did, but John Kuhn will get first crack at that job. We didn't see the running game in the preseason.

4. What's your opinion of rookie WR-RS Randall Cobb? Could you see him being a factor right away?

Larrivee: Randall Cobb will return punts and kickoffs. He looked good in the slot, but at the outset of the season with all of the veteran receivers ahead of him, I would not count on seeing him much in the regular offense.

5. What would you say is the Packers' biggest concern heading into the opener?

Larrivee: The biggest concern going into this season for the Packers is simple — running the football and, most of all, being able to stop the run.

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