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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for July 29, 2014

Weight, injuries, and expectations are always big topics at the start of training camp, and it's no different for the 2014 Packers.

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Richard Rodgers (center) works his way through a group of tacklers in a drill in rookie camp.
Richard Rodgers (center) works his way through a group of tacklers in a drill in rookie camp.
Mike McGinnis

Happy Tuesday, Green Bay Packers fans. This is your first day of training camp without a practice to focus on, as the team is off for a mandatory rest day. Yesterday, Mike McCarthy made it pretty clear that he wasn't a fan of that, but his hands are tied by the CBA.

So for today, we'll look back at the first three days of camp, including the first practice in pads from yesterday. Today's curds look around the team to identify a few players who have stood out and to help clear up what's going on with a few of the players who are working through injuries.

Julius Peppers’ goal: Win the Super Bowl | Packers.com
Can you blame him for thinking that Green Bay brings him closer to that goal than most other teams? Peppers' arrival should have everybody thinking about a 14th NFL Championship.

Rookie tight end Rodgers off to strong start | Packersnews.com
It's interesting that Richard Rodgers has shown so much athleticism in his early days in camp, despite weighing in around 270 pounds. If he can translate his size into becoming a good blocker, he could end up being a steal in round three.

Slimmed-down Neal eager to practice, show more speed | ESPN Wisconsin
Well, at this rate, you can expect Mike Neal to remain a full-time outside linebacker. In an interview with Jason Wilde, he said he's down to 263 pounds, which is about the same weight as Nick Perry.

Jonathan Franklin could return in non-playing role - ESPN
Considering all the comments about him lately, it would be a surprise if we don't see Franklin back in some sort of coaching role in a few years.

Notes - Prognosis good for T.J. Lang's shoulder injury | JSOnline
Thankfully, it appears that the soreness that has plagued the Packers' starting right guard is nothing serious and he should be back to normal in a few days.

Quotables: Vikings to trim QB competition - SBNation.com
According to OC Norv Turner, the Vikings will likely be eliminating one of their quarterbacks from getting much of the reps. Let me take a break while I ponder which one it will be...

Here's Peyton Manning dancing to 'Rocky Top' at Broncos camp - SBNation.com
Peyton Manning is still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, but he's probably number one in "bad awkward dancing". This is a must-watch.