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Cheese Curds, 5/11: Packers' UDFAs take bumpy roads to get their shots at the NFL

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Tyler Kuder and Joe Callahan are just a pair of players who are getting a shot in Green Bay after having college football backgrounds that would not normally lend themselves to NFL careers.

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The Green Bay Packers are known to agents and young players around the NFL for being one of the franchises with the longest track record of success when it comes to giving undrafted free agents opportunities to earn roster spots. The Packers have a couple of UDFAs on the opening 53-man roster almost every year, and they sign many to practice squad deals as well - and several of those players get called up as well.

This year, the crop of UDFAs looks promising once again, and there are players at all positions who are intriguing and positioned to compete and work their way onto the roster for week one. Their work began in rookie minicamp last week and will continue through OTAs and minicamp this spring before training camp kicks off in July.

Many of those players took atypical routes to arrive on an NFL roster, however, and the Packers have a couple of players in particular with fascinating stories to tell. We bring you a few of those in today's curds, and much more.

Packers' rookie defenders will have opportunities to boost pass rush |
Only three times in team history has a rookie recorded more than four sacks, but Kyler Fackrell and Kenny Clark should at least have opportunities to meet or exceed that total.

Infographic: Packers Draft Class |
These infographics are always pretty cool. Green Bay now has eight players on the roster who were chosen with compensatory picks, and they have drafted four players from UCLA in the past four seasons.

Locked out of a pro day, small-college QB Joe Callahan found way to impress Packers - ESPN
Wesley College offensive coordinator Chip Knapp took it upon himself to send out highlight tapes of his quarterback, leading them off with video of Callahan's 50-yard strike on the run. It's very likely that the tape was a big reason for the Packers taking an interest in the QB.

Green Bay Packers NT Tyler Kuder had crazy journey from Idaho to NFL - ESPN
During a year without football due to academic problems, Kuder randomly bumped into a coach who had recruited him out of high school and got his football career back on track. Now, he's vying for a roster spot as a backup nose tackle in the NFL.

Green and Bold: UDFA S Kentrell Brice Strong Candidate to Make Final Roster | Cheesehead TV
Brice was not one of our top three choices for UDFAs to make the team, but he was right around the cut line. If he can show some chops on special teams, don't be surprised if he sticks around into September.

Top 101 NFL Players from 2015 | Pro Football Focus
So far, the Packers are represented by Mike Daniels at 47, T.J. Lang at 56, and Josh Sitton at 65. The top 25 players have yet to be announced, however.

Bogus Packers tickets lands woman in prison |
Stacy Foote got nearly five years in jail for scamming fans out of tickets as well as embezzling almost $2 milion from her former employer.