The Green Bay Packers took their first steps in life without Jordy Nelson on Tuesday, as the team took the field for their first training camp practice after the wideout's injury yesterday. The team has several young receivers who have some great ability and talent, but developing that talent quickly will be the focus of the offensive coaches over the next few weeks.
That development was highlighted by one of their older teammates after practice, as a 25-year-old wideout is now the oldest healthy receiver on the squad.
Check out those stories and much more in today's cheese curds.
Jordy Nelson thought he was fine after injury | Packersnews.com
Watching him jog (okay, hobble) back to the sidelines on Sunday, I thought he was fine too and just twisted his ankle oddly on the Heinz Field turf. He won't have surgery for a bit yet, though, as his knee needs to stop swelling before he doctors can go in and repair the ligament.
Time is of the essence for Packers' receivers | Packers.com
The words "ability" and "potential" have been thrown around a lot regarding the Packers' young wideouts, even by Randall Cobb. However, those words need to transform to "reliable" and "productive in very short order for the Packers' offense to really get clicking.
Youth leader | ESPN Wisconsin
Speaking of Cobb, he is now the old, grizzled veteran of the group at the ripe old age of 25. Every other receiver on the team is his junior, but he'll have Nelson to call upon as a role model and de facto coach to help lead the unit.
John Kuhn weighs in on the veterans-and-preseason debate | JSOnline
He gave his opinion without really taking a side, saying that he will "suit up and play" whenever there is a game on the schedule. However, he acknowledged that "the only way you're going to prevent injuries is to not have the games."
Aaron Rodgers' radio show comes to an end | ESPN.com
There will be no more "Tuesdays with Aaron" this season, as the QB's contract is up and he is apparently moving on from the show.
The 7 most unkillable journeymen quarterbacks in the NFL - SBNation.com
Is Matt Flynn on this list? You bet he is!
On Reggie White | Jeff Pearlman
Pearlman spoke to Reggie White's widow Sara about her late husband. She reveals some rather disturbing items, including potential signs of CTE and a surprising policy by the Pro Football Hall of Fame - not giving a deceased player's ring or jacket to his family.
Finally, we have this statistic from Football Outsiders' Scott Kacsmar, showing that while Alex Smith doesn't really seem to understand what to do on third downs, Aaron Rodgers gets it better than anyone. On average, Rodgers' passes on third downs travel 3.5 yards past the yardage-to-gain, about a half-yard more than any other NFL quarterback over the past four seasons. And yes, that's a good thing.
The best QBs tend to throw beyond the sticks on 3rd down. Alex Smith is playing his own sport. pic.twitter.com/jOFjFGjoqY— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) August 7, 2015