Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News And Links For June 7, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball after making a reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field on November 20, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Happy Thursday, everyone. We're now getting to the part of summer (yes, early June) where I start going "is it football season yet"? This is a bad sign. There's a mandatory 10-day break between the end of next week's minicamp and the beginning of training camp, which will probably kill me. Here's your daily dose of Green Bay Packers news and links.

Merling ready to fight for second chance in NFL | Green Bay Press-Gazette

In light of recent developments surrounding the Mike Neal and Anthony Hargrove suspensions, does anyone think he has a chance to make the team?

There's an app for that | ESPN Wisconsin

Instead of giving out bulky playbooks, the Packers gave everyone a playbook on an iPad.

Thin at running back? Packers don't think so. | FOX Sports Wisconsin

And if you do think they're thin, stop hating on Brandon Saine.

Point, counterpoint: Officiating mistakes | Packers.com

Also known as "Vic Ketchman is old, Mike Spofford is naive".

James Starks working on pass protection, staying healthy | Cheesehead TV

If Ryan Grant beat out James Starks in anything, it was pass protection. It's good to hear that Starks is working on this quite a bit.

More from around SB Nation after the jump.

New York Giants announce contract extension for Tom Coughlin | SBNation.com

I can't wait for the Giants to finish last in the division so 'Coughlin fired' rumors can get going again.

Gene Smith's Only Choice Was To Make An Example Out Of Blackmon | Big Cat Country

Gene Smith basically said he wished the team hadn't drafted Blackmon.

Ike Taylor, Larry Foote blast Warren Sapp on radio | Behind The Steel Curtain

Blasting Warren Sapp is a favorite pastime of, oh, everyone.

Bengals Final Compensation For Carson Palmer Trade Will Be 2013 Second-Round Pick | Cincy Jungle

The final haul for Palmer is nuts.

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