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Cheese Curds, 12/3: Packers struggle to communicate as NFL tries to re-define a catch

One thing is for sure: Green Bay's receivers haven't been putting the refs in difficult spots when it comes to determining whether or not they actually completed a reception.

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You'd think that players who spend all their time together during the week would know each other's signals like the back of their hands.

Of course, that's what you might think, but that's not what's happening with the Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks and wide receivers. The receivers' drops have been maddening in recent weeks, but what has been arguably more frustrating is to see, time and again, an Aaron Rodgers pass fall helplessly to the turf with no receiver nearby because of a miscommunication.

In today's curds, we look at that issue, some statistical metrics for the Packers' defense, and a rookie whose timely blitzes are starting to become a nice addition to Dom Capers' scheme.

The final item we have today relates to the never-ending quest to define what is or is not a catch in today's NFL. Though the league tried to re-define it last offseason using new words, the gist of the rule didn't change. Now there's a renewed effort (yet again) to overhaul the rule.

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What Aaron Rodgers, Packers receivers have is a failure to communicate - ESPN
It's maddening to hear this when the quarterbacks and receivers share the same position coach and are in meetings together all week long. How does everyone continue to misinterpret the signals from the other parties?

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says league will look to improve rule defining what a catch is
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