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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for January 6, 2014

The Packers continue to look for a third downfield option in the passing game, but they may have found it in Richard Rodgers.

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We've been saying all season that the Packers will need another receiver to step up beside Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to take some pressure off the star wideouts. So far, Davante Adams has shown some signs of being that player, but he has also disappeared at times.

Enter Richard Rodgers and his big game against the Lions in Week 17. In today's curds, we have a link breaking down each of his catches in that game and how he can continue to be put to good use as the Packers' playoff run begins.

There's that and much more in today's curds.

Plan for Aaron Rodgers will be set on Wednesday |
We should find out more tomorrow about that plan, but Mike McCarthy says his quarterback has a "hip in his hop" on Monday...whatever that means.

Cowboys' Dez Bryant respected but not feared | JSOnline
That's exactly the attitude we should hope for - and with DeMarco Murray running the ball, the Packers' defense can't afford to give Bryant too much attention.

Taking it to the run | ESPN Wisconsin
Has the defense's improvement against the run been a result of better play and scheme, or just playing inferior rushing teams over the second half of the season? We'll get a better idea after Sunday's game.

Packers ready to 'relive' Ice Bowl history |
Apparently, Dom Capers is seen as the resident "old guy", since the team asks him what he thought about any major event that happened prior to their recollection.

Richard Rodgers: A Third Option in the Passing Game | Cheesehead TV
Here's another great job looking at the tape to identify ways to keep the offense improving - in this case by getting the rookie tight end involved in the passing game.

ReFo: Bengals @ Colts, Wild Card Round |
Yes, that's THAT Erik Walden earning a +5.2 grade from PFF for his performance against the Bengals on Sunday. Luckily for him, there's no chance of him getting burned by a read-option this week, as the Colts are playing Peyton Manning.

2015 NFL mock draft: What happens if Jameis Winston slips? -
This mock has the Packers picking an inside linebacker once again, but not the one that many of us have been talking about.