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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for August 12, 2014

Some young role players fighting for roster spots are getting attention this week.

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Every NFL team's depth is tested each year, and the Green Bay Packers' depth has been challenged more than most over the past several years. It's sure to be no different this year, which means that the players currently fighting for jobs will likely be counted on for big contributions down the line in 2014.

A few of those players are featured in today's cheese curds, as nose tackle Mike Pennel, cornerback Jumal Rolle, and running back Rajion Neal are each discussed at length. We've got that and more in today's curds - enjoy!

Mike Pennel shows promise at nose tackle | JSOnline
One of the biggest Packers talks about his struggles at Arizona State and his turnaround after his final year in college, at CSU-Pueblo.

Insider: Thumbs up to Rolle, down to young receivers | Packersnews
Here are some notes from yesterday's practice, which was closed off to the public. Media were in attendance, but were reportedly asked not to report on certain aspects of practice.

Packers-Rams Preseason Week 2 Dope Sheet |
Here are your random ridiculous stats that illustrate the series between the Packers and this weekend's preseason opponent, including the fact that the teams are 2-2 in preseason history.

Brandon Bostick making a bid to start - ESPN
Plays like the one Bostick made in the second quarter against the Titans are why he's receiving a large number of snaps with the first team in practice lately.

Just Getting Started | ESPN Wisconsin
Rajion Neal understands that he can't let his knee injury keep him out for long, and that he needs to be back on the field on Saturday against the Rams: "I’ve got to play. There ain’t no way around it. Being in the position I’m in, I can’t afford it."

The long extra points in the NFL preseason are making kickers miss -
We saw one in the Packers-Titans game as well - it's a little surprising what a few extra yards can do to affect the hit rate on PATs.