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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for April 21, 2014

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The Packers' draft history and future are in the spotlight today, and the Packers' offseason program begins this week.

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The Green Bay Packers will begin their quest for a 14th NFL championship this week. The 2014 offseason program begins on Tuesday, and today is the travel day for most players (although some have already started making their way to Green Bay over the weekend).

As a reminder, we broke down the Packers' use of the workout bonus on Saturday, and they will be paying out over $4.3 million to their players for the workout programs this season.

In addition to this, we have a number of stories on the NFL draft, which is about two and a half weeks out. Happy Monday!

NFL draft - Receivers know their options for pro success | JSOnline
The option route is a critical part of every offense, but especially the Packers'. Part of Aaron Rodgers' success in the NFL is his ability to be in tune with his receivers on every play.

Clay Matthews-Julius Peppers form a strong combo for Packers - ESPN
Matthews: "Most people are curious as to how they're going to use (Peppers) in a 3-4 scheme, but I don't think it matters. I think you line him up on the field in a zero-, one-, three-, five-, seven-, nine-technique -- he's going to get attention, and he's going to get double teams."

Packers Tailgate Tour wraps up with return to Lambeau | Packers.com
As always, the Tailgate Tour was a rousing success, and all the participants have great feedback about the experience.

Ranking Thompson's best, worst 1st-round picks | Packersnews
Call me crazy, but I don't think Ted's first round track record is as "gloom and doom" as Vandermause suggests. Bad luck with injuries? Sure. But it's not the end of the world here.

Versatility, Unselfishness Make Christian Jones a Fit for Any Scheme | Cheesehead TV
The Florida State linebacker should find a niche somewhere in the NFL, regardless of what defense he ends up playing in.

Teddy Bridgewater is falling, and there's no real reason why - SBNation.com
Watch the tape. Watch the tape. Watch the tape.

2014 NFL Draft: Ed Reynolds can't wait to be at training camp (again) - SBNation.com
I could see this safety prospect being a mid-round draft pick of the Packers - and he seems like a class act in this interview.