Training camp rolls on for the Green Bay Packers today, as they take the field in pads for the second straight day and the third practice in a row, including Saturday.
The squad has a glut of talented cornerbacks, but that talent is young and raw and needs a leader. That's where Sam Shields comes in - as the only player at the position on a second contract, Shields needs to step up his game and his leadership, and that's analyzed in today's cheese curds.
In addition, we have news about the punter competition (though not the type of news you might expect), plus a breakdown of Russell Wilson's contract and a Philly fan being mean to a poor, innocent robot.
In other words, it's a rich, full day here at APC.
Sam Shields taking leadership role in stride | Packers.com
Shields has come a long way from an undrafted free agent to the old man in the cornerbacks room. He sees some similarities with the Packers' rookie corners, and is hoping to help them develop into great players.
Packers guard Lane Taylor benefits from motivation, confidence | JSOnline
Lane Taylor knew that after his poor performance against the Saints last year and with some talented undrafted rookies in town for training camp, he would need an impressive performance this summer to stay on the roster. So far, he's been up to the task.
Datone Jones apologizes to Packers for one-game suspension | Packersnews.com
After receiving a one-game suspension for his marijuana citation, Jones said he would not appeal the discipline because he knows what he did was wrong and accepts responsibility for it.
Green Bay Packers' punter competition impacts Mason Crosby too | ESPN.com
One under-the-radar aspect of the battle between Tim Masthay and Cody Mandell is their ability to hold for Crosby on place-kicks. Crosby hasn't missed in camp with Masthay doing the job, but is just 4-for-8 with Mandell holding.
Best & worst case scenarios: Packers CB Damarious Randall | 247sports
Randall has looked good in training camp so far, but has had his share of mistakes as well. He could end up either as one of the best rookie corners or shifting back to a hybrid safety/slot role.
How Russell Wilson's comma-laden deal sets the NFL market - SBNation.com
It's more the structure of the deal that sets a new normal for NFL teams rather than the money; Aaron Rodgers' deal is still the biggest in the NFL according to total and annual value.
It seems an Eagles fan murdered hitchBOT - SBNation.com
Poor hitchBOT. All he ever wanted to do was see San Francisco, but this jerk in Philly had to go destroy him in a fit of unexplained violence.