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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for October 9, 2014

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Thanks to a week in Hawaii in early 2008, Joe Philbin knew what the rest of the NFL would find out a few months later: Aaron Rodgers was really freaking good.

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As usual, the Green Bay Packers have a number of young players who are contributing early on to the team's success. It should also come as no surprise that these key players were acquired both in the draft and as undrafted free agents.

In today's curds, we look at a pair of rookies who arrived in Green Bay with drastically different levels of hype, but who have each been a part of a big play or two and are looking to continue to expand their roles on their respective sides of the ball.

We also get to hear a great story from the head coach of the Packers' next opponent, who knows the team and its star quarterback better than most other people in the NFL. Joe Philbin says it was a game he coached (that Aaron Rodgers did not play in) that cemented his opinion of how good #12 could be.

Packers-Dolphins Week 6 Dope Sheet |
Here are all the stats you could think up to preview Sunday's game against Miami. For example, the Packers lead the NFL in interception return yardage, and Jordy Nelson has a catch in each of his last 28 games, a career-high streak.

Packers' Robinson jumps at his chance to play | JSOnline
Luther Robinson's college stats don't jump off the page at you, but he's looking to prove that he's more than what he showed in a reserve role with the University of Miami.

Rodgers ready for 'Hell Week' flashbacks |
QB12 had brutal weeks of summer practice back in high school, but rarely has dealt with 90+ degree heat in Green Bay. This week's game in Miami should bring back some past memories for Rodgers, as well as other players like Eddie Lacy.

Davante Adams ready to 'show the world' why Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers believe in him | FOX Sports
Rodgers had good things to say about Adams earlier this week, and Jordy Nelson joins in: "You can kind of tell right away...what kind of player (a rookie is) going to could tell (Adams) was very talented and very athletic."

Pro Bowl in 2008 sold Philbin, Packers on Aaron Rodgers, who wasn't even there - Green Bay Packers Blog - ESPN
This is a great story from Joe Philbin, who remembers thinking Rodgers was as good as the Pro Bowl QBs the year before he took over as the Packers' starter.

Barclay on knee rehab: 'It's going good' | ESPN Wisconsin
The Packers' top reserve lineman coming into the season isn't running yet, but he's apparently satisfied with his rehab progress so far.

Herschel Walker trade 25th anniversary -- Run that birthed Dallas Cowboys dynasty - ESPN
It's not Packers-related directly, but this trade changed the landscape of the NFC.