Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for June 17th, 2014

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Minicamp starts today!

My apologies for the lateness of today's curds. On this Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers are scheduled to open up their mandatory minicamp, which will last through Thursday. Practices are scheduled to be open to the public today and Thursday, although there is some question about whether the Packers will practice outside today due to weather concerns. However, as of the time of this publication, there's no word from the team, so assume that practice is still open until you hear otherwise.

With the start of minicamp in mind, we have a look at Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' stellar record of attendance at all of the Packers' offseason activities, as well as a look at one of the forgotten men in the team's receiving corps who's looking to make an impact this season.

Chris Harper ready to muscle his way into Packers' receiver corps | JSOnline
Among Green Bay’s group of 10 wide receivers, Chris Harper said “being the most physical” will separate him. He also realizes that he can't get away with the same things he did in college: "Running slant routes (in college) — I wouldn't even run a slant. I'd just go inside, big body a dude and catch it rather than really learning a precise type of route."

Packers' leftover salary cap room provides options | Packersnews
Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson are the names that are mentioned most frequently here.

Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers a 'big Johnny Manziel fan' - ESPN
If the low-key Rodgers is okay with Manziel partying, then that's cool with me.

Aaron Rodgers' attendance record sets the bar - ESPN
Workout bonuses aren't the only reason Rodgers is present for every facet of the Packers' offseason program - he's also focused on chemistry and his relationship with his teammates.

Mike 'Doc' Emrick on the Stanley Cup, hockey and when not to talk - More Sports - Richard Deitsch - SI.com
Fascinating - did you know that the best hockey play-by-play man in the world was also at the mic for Brett Favre's famous first completion (the one to himself)?

Jimmy Graham's Twitter bio could cost him $5 million - SBNation.com
Someone pointed out a while back that Jimmy Graham's official bio on Twitter listed himself as a Tight End. Goodbye wide receiver designation!

Ex-Steelers coach Chuck Noll dies at age 82 - Behind the Steel Curtain
From a personal friend at BTSC (though we differ on our definitions of the "greatest team in NFL history"), one of the NFL's legends passed away late last week.

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