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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for August 19, 2014

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The Packers' defense is the topic of the day in today's curds, with rookies and veterans alike being discussed.

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Jamie Squire

Happy Tuesday, Packers fans! Today's training camp practice is still tentatively scheduled to be open to the public, though weather conditions may force it inside again like they did on Monday. Hopefully it will stay clear today and tomorrow and the team will indeed get two public practices in this week.

In today's curds, we look around the Packers' defense. Undrafted rookie Jayrone Elliott's story is one that's garnered some attention lately, especially after his three-sack performance against the Rams. Meanwhile, Micah Hyde talks about allowing the Rams' only score and Mike McCarthy goes all mad scientist on us.

Enjoy!

Clay Matthews says defense ‘has something to prove’ | Packers.com
Tenacity is a buzzword around the Packers' defense this year, with both Matthews and B.J. Raji mentioning it as a quality that the unit has this year.

Plucked from Cleveland streets, Jayrone Elliott plays big for Packers | JSOnline
Elliott has a pretty great story. Furthermore, his transition to 3-4 outside linebacker was made easier by the fact that his college team, Toledo, switched to that alignment for his senior year.

Micah Hyde learns from touchdown allowed against Rams | Packersnews.com
The one touchdown the Rams scored on Saturday came at Hyde's expense, and it sounds like he's got a good attitude about learning from that play.

Sam Shields cracks top-100 defensive player list - ESPN
ESPN's NFL writers ranked Shields as the 95th-best defensive player in the league coming into this season. Hopefully he'll live up to his new contract and crack the top 50 soon.

It's Science | ESPN Wisconsin
Mike McCarthy is blinding us with science, including GPS monitors worn by players during practice, a new nutritionist, and even weekly urine samples to measure players' hydration.

Here's Johnny Manziel flipping the bird in an NFL game - SBNation.com
Also photoshops of Johnny with other famous middle finger flips in NFL history. Redskins safety Ryan Clark said on Mike & Mike this morning that the comment that drew this reaction from Manziel was in essence that he's in the NFL now and that everybody's as fast as he is.