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Cheese Curds, 5/5: Packers' rookies arrive for minicamp today

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Real football practices will begin this weekend as a slew of young players show up in Green Bay on Thursday.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix works at the Packers' 2014 rookie minicamp.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix works at the Packers' 2014 rookie minicamp.
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The Green Bay Packers' rookie minicamp officially kicks off practice on Friday, which means that Thursday is a big day for the 40 to 50 or so players that are coming to Lambeau Field this weekend. Today is arrival day, when the players should be showing up and going through all their medical checks.

In an interview with Kenny Clark last night, the first-round pick told Acme Packing Company and Bucky's 5th Quarter that he would be catching a 6:00 AM flight this morning to get to Green Bay. Of course, he's ready to get underway - the Combine and Draft prep process finally gives way to real football work this weekend for Clark and all of his compatriots.

So stay tuned for more news out of minicamp all weekend, and we'll bring you any relevant reports and news along the way.

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The first-year players will show up today to get the process started and sign off on their paperwork. We should also start hearing about some of the draft picks and all of the undrafted free agent signings putting pen to paper on their contracts as well.

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Specifically, that talent refers to receiving talent, and there's plenty of that to go around in Green Bay's receivers room. Whether all of the players are able to harness that talent is a different story, though.

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This is a great look behind the curtain at Rodgers' high school football days and childhood, all the way back to when he was a 5'6" freshman at Pleasant Valley high.

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The lesson here is clear - if you're a smaller player lining up at receiver, move to corner if you want a shot at the NFL. There are plenty of 5'10" or 5'11" corners in the NFL, but only six of the 30 wideouts drafted this year were shorter than six feet tall.

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However, Dave Caldwell also said that "when you have to count on rookies to come in to make a difference, you're in trouble."

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Preach. Also, I definitely beat the Lions to the punch on the Spaceballs joke, way back when they signed Geoff Schwartz in the first place.