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Cheese Curds, 2/25: Rick Spielman says the NFC North is more than race between Packers and Vikings

Minnesota's general manager thinks the Bears and Lions could factor into next season's NFC North title competition.

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While Tex gallivants around Indianapolis like a king, the rest of us at Acme Packing Company have to mine the internet for worthwhile content. Given the time of year, that is no easy task.

Because the "fun" part of the NFL Scouting Combine has yet to begin, most of the discussion surrounding the Packers remains focused on their shortcomings from a season ago, namely their lack of field-tilting tight end and their competition in the NFC North.

Mel Kiper Jr.: Depth lacking at TE for Packers to pick from in NFL Draft | ESPN

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's college scouting aficionado Mel Kiper Jr. has Green Bay selecting Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry. The reasoning behind the pick? "It's harder this year because there's not depth," Kiper said of the tight end group. By most estimations, Hunter Henry represents the only player at the position that could reasonably come off the board in the first round, and the Packers certainly could use a boost there.

Vikings GM: NFC North 'very competitive' | Green Bay Press-Gazette

The Minnesota Vikings certainly narrowed the long-standing gap between the Packers and the rest of the NFC North last season, winning the division for the first time since 2009. However, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman doesn't view the division as a two-team race, speaking well of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. It sounds like lip service in part, but the competition in the NFC North has indeed increased of late.

Ex-Packer Dorsey Levens enjoys, appreciates post-football second act | ESPN

Though the book/documentary "League of Denial" and the feature film "Concussion" received most of the attention when it comes to the NFL's concussion crisis, former Packers running back Dorsey Levens made a film of his own that tackled the subject. In addition to his work with CTE, Levens has become the strength and conditioning coach for the Atlanta Blaze, a major league lacrosse team

JPP sues ESPN, Adam Schefter for posting his medical record | New York Post

One of the weirder stories from last offseason was New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul's fireworks incident and the medical record leak that followed. Pierre Paul has already settled the matter with the hospital, but now he has his sights turned on ESPN reporter Adam Schefter for making those records public. Based on how this case proceeds, it could have a chilling effect on how the media reports on off-the-field medical stories.