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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers news and links for August 18, 2015

The Packers' veteran linebackers are ready for new roles in 2015 compared to what was expected of them at the start of last year.

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On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers have another off day before a set of back-to-back open practices on Wednesday and Thursday. With a quiet day upon us, we'll take a look at a few news items in today's curds that have drawn some attention over the past few days, and we have one brief look ahead to Sunday's second preseason game, this time against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Among the topics discussed today are the Packers' linebackers, and in particular the projected starters at inside linebacker. Of course, one will be moving around all over the defense while the other is expected to maintain his position on all three downs throughout the entire 2015 season.

Also, we find some rigorous analysis of NFL teams in the video from the SB Nation studios that will be found at the bottom of the page. This is great stuff, folks.

Notes - Onside kicks move to middle of practice | JSOnline
Reportedly, Mason Crosby is becoming one of the more inventive kickers in terms of his technique on onside kicks. That's good for the hands team, as every member of the special teams unit is getting practice fielding the ball on those plays.

Clay Matthews: "I don't worry about the critics" - ESPN
Matthews spoke to ESPN's Rob Demovsky about his move to inside linebacker, his expectations for 2015, and why he pulled himself out of the game late in the NFC Championship against the Seahawks.

Sam Barrington looks to take reins on defense |
Though the young inside linebacker group has rotated through snaps with the first team, there has been one constant in the middle. That constant is Barrington, who is handling the calls from Dom Capers on defense as well as his own responsibilities inside.

Packers release WR Adrian Coxson |
It has been an unfortunately short training camp for a few young receivers who signed with the Packers after the draft. both Ricky Collins and now Coxson were released after injuries kept them out of much or all of training camp.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers thrive at mining WR gold - Pittsburgh Steelers Blog - ESPN
While the Packers have made a killing at wideout on day two of the draft under Ted Thompson, the Steelers have done pretty nicely for themselves as well, with a couple of third-round picks and a sixth-round draftee making up the top of their depth chart.

Packers rookie TE Mitchell Henry has to master the one-handed catch |
Brett Favre was known to break some fingers in his day, and now Scott Tolzien has one to his credit - the middle finger on Henry's left hand. Now, the rookie tight end is in a club on that hand and has to make a lot of catches with one hand or with his body.

Finally, we have some hard-hitting analysis of several NFL teams, and we find that apparently the Packers smell like America. Watch and laugh below.