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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for August 14, 2014

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The Packers' 2012 draft is in the spotlight after the Jerel Worthy trade.

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Welcome to Thursday, the Packers' off day this week before they hold some closed meetings and walkthroughs tomorrow and travel to St. Louis. Today, we'll start to look back at the first preseason games at some of the main position battles on the roster, including the battle building at tight end.

Position battles are also a focus of today's Cheese Curds, as you'll see below.

Veteran Jarrett Bush staking claim for spot in 4-1 defense | JSOnline
Having so many possible combinations of defensive backs will be a big plus for the Packers' defense when they use the nickel and dime formations this fall.

Packers OL at the test against Rams’ first-rounders | Packers.com
We alluded to this recently in the comments, but that Rams' defensive line is scary, and I'm glad the Packers won't be dealing with them during the regular season. Still, I'm confident that the O-line will put up a decent performance on Saturday.

Despite misses, Thompson's '12 draft not un-Worthy | JSOnline
I think the biggest reason people give Thompson crap for the 2012 draft was because he traded up to take Jerel Worthy and Terrell Manning. If he had drafted them with the Packers' original picks, would we really be treating this draft as such a disaster? Besides, Mike Daniels and Casey Hayward are really good.

Green Bay Packers RB James Starks already in midseason form - ESPN
He was as explosive as ever on the Packers' first drive against Tennessee, and if he can continue running with authority like that it will be tough for any defense to defend against the Packers' 1-2 punch at running back.

New Position Battles Emerge Following Packers' First Preseason Game | Cheesehead TV
We'll look at some more of these this week, but here are a few positions on the depth chart that are still up for grabs.

How the Brian Hoyer, Andre Johnson trade rumor got started - SBNation.com
Just remember to make sure you check sources before you report crazy trades.