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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for July 25, 2014

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Pardon me while I nod off for four weeks straight...ZZZZZZZZZ.

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It's Wednesday of one of the longest weeks of the NFL calendar. That's my lede, folks. It's getting rough.

Without further ado, let's get to the curds before we lose our minds. Also, stay tuned for our 8th-best play of 2013 and for our continuing countdown of the Packers' roster, which features players 70-61 today.

10 Packers stories to watch before training camp opens | JSOnline
None of these are particularly surprising, but it's a good start to looking at the critical pieces that will need to come together this August.

Starks, Harris ready to step up with Franklin gone | Packersnews
I should hope so. There are some great quotes from running backs coach Sam Gash here on the young stable of backs.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on getting big - ESPN
He's referring to the sheer physical size of his teammates, for the record. With new additions like Julius Peppers and Adrian Hubbard, that is easy to spot on the field.

New York Jets Calvin Pryor will challenge for defensive rookie of the year - ESPN
Pryor will probably be perfect for Rex Ryan's defense. I still don't think he would have been ideal for Dom Capers though.

Ready to compete | ESPN Wisconsin
The drive from Jared Abbrederis' hometown of Wautoma to Green Bay is about an hour and a half, but he won't be making that drive too much this summer since he'll be training at Lambeau Field for the next month.

NFL addresses gay issues at Rookie Symposium - Outsports
The Symposium kicked off on Monday with players from the NFC teams. It certainly appears that the NFL is trying to make the locker room a more inclusive environment for all players.