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Cheese Curds, 1/28: Packers young receivers need to blossom (and stay healthy) in 2016

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After a final game that offered promise for the future, Green Bay's wide receiver unit will look to make a complete 180 from their 2015 performance.

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One of the most universally disappointing position groups on the 2015 Green Bay Packers roster was the wide receiver corps. After Jordy Nelson's ACL tear, the group was left without Aaron Rodgers' most trusted target, its leader, and its top deep threat.

We'll get into our discussion of the position next week when we start our analysis of the Packers' roster by position, but for now today's curds feature both a brief breakdown of the receivers in 2015 and a look to the future and hopefully some substantial improvement.

Whether the position gets a dedicated coach this season is still to be determined, but most Packers fans (including all of those writing here at Acme Packing Company) believe that is a critical piece to getting this position group back on track.

Last game changed outlook for Packers at wide receiver |
Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis got one heck of a confidence boost with the performances and playing time they posted against Arizona. It will be tough for the Packers to keep fewer than six wide receivers in 2016.

Jeff Janis, trump cards and sorting through the noise - Backyard Banter
Matt Harmon's Reception Perception series looks at wide receivers' success on every route, regardless of whether the ball comes their way. Against the Cardinals, Janis ran go routes about a third of the time and slants another third, and had a 75% success rate on that small sample - that's a really, really impressive number.

Packers receivers open to criticism |
Randall Cobb dropped 12 of 94 catchable passes, while Davante Adams had 10 drops of his own on 64 throws. It was an abysmal year for the wideouts, bar none.

Pack first-round picks Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Damarious Randall produced - ESPN
Here are the overall snap counts on defense for this season, which find that Ha Ha missed just three plays on defense and Randall was on the field for about 3/4 of snaps.

Looking for the NFL's next great defensive lineman at the Senior Bowl -
Braxton Miller continues to impress at wide receiver, but there are plenty of impressive defensive linemen working in Mobile this week who should be first-round picks.

Dolphins: Ndamukong Suh contract restructure on the table - The Phinsider
This should be the prime example of why Ted Thompson doesn't chuck huge money at free agents.