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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for June 8, 2015

Third-year pro Sam Barrington helped with Clay Matthews' transition inside, and looks to be a strong leader for this Packers team in the years to come.

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If there's one position that has dominated discussion around the Green Bay Packers this spring, it has been inside linebacker. Thankfully, thanks to the emergence of 2013 draft pick Sam Barrington, it seems that only one position should be in question.

Barrington is the latest in a long line of young Packers who have emerged in their second years to become vocal leaders on the defense. Mike Daniels did so the year prior, and he has some thoughts on the linebacker to share as well.

Along with Barrington, there are several other players looking to put their 2014 seasons behind them and move on. One is a player who missed his entire rookie year to injury, while another comes off an All-Pro season in which he battled through pain for half the season.

Khyri Thornton hungry to make an impact, earn spot on defensive line |
Thornton put on about 10 pounds this offseason after coming to the conclusion last season that he was too small. He also acknowledges that he did not work on his technique much in college, which is probably a big reason he struggled so mightily in 2014.

Sam Barrington has chance to 'take control' of defense |
The Packers and Ted Thompson have had some success drafting inside linebackers late - after all, Desmond Bishop was a sixth-round pick. He draws some praise from Mike Daniels as well, someone who isn't going to throw that praise around lightly.

Packers' Josh Sitton makes his peace with last season |
That goes for both his injured toe as well as the loss to Seattle, which drew an angry reaction from the All-Pro guard.

Packed sidewalk for OTAs |
CEO Mark Murphy takes questions once again, and addresses topics such as Lambeau Field's longevity, how well different helmets protect against concussions, and the new extra point rules.

OT Anthony Davis retires at 25, 4th 49er to retire this offseason -
This is bizarre, and we can't help wondering if there is something strange going on out in San Francisco that nobody really knows about.

Broncos players have a fart tax and Von Miller is the fartiest -
I'll pass up the eight-year-old humor and just say that this is rather amusing.

All-Underrated Team |
All we have to say about Vikings safety Robert Blanton being named on this list is this: