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Cheese Curds, 7/13: On Rodgers under pressure & the WR roster battle

Today will be wide receiver day at APC, and it's only appropriate that we kick off the curds with a look at one player at that position who appears to be on the bubble.

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Two weeks from today, we will be looking back at the Green Bay Packers' first practice of the team's 2016 training camp. Two weeks from today, we'll know which of the players who ended last season injured and who missed the entire offseason program will have taken the field and which landed on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the start of camp.

However, it will still be almost two months from now until we know the results of the Packers' final roster cuts, which will take place on September 3rd. Among those who will be working hard over the six-week camp are wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and running back John Crockett, both of whom are fighting for their NFL lives once again this summer. Both of those players are profiled in today's Cheese Curds.

Also in today's curds is a look at how quarterbacks performed under pressure in 2015. In that article, we find that despite the Packers' offensive line, which is generally considered to be one of the better pass-blocking units in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers faced a lot of pressure last season. Of course, he did have to deal with some injuries to the players in front of him, and that certainly affected the numbers - as did his high number of pass attempts.

The Rock Report: Abby-cadabra |
It's funny, if you combined Abbrederis' route-running skills with Jeff Janis' size and speed, you would probably have a second Jordy Nelson. Don't sleep on Abby this summer if he can stay healthy. Will Abby's natural ability as a receiver be enough to make up the difference between him and some of the other players in the athleticism department and keep him on the roster?

Crockett's Roster Spot isn't Going Anywhere | Cheesehead TV
We predicted yesterday that Crockett would indeed make the team out of camp, and this writer agrees. He also compares Crockett's running style to that of a recent Packers starting running back.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Quarterbacks and Pressure, 2015
Which quarterback faced the most total passing plays under pressure, according to Football Outsiders? Aaron Rodgers did, though I'd bet that the pressure rate was quite a bit higher in the last few games of the year than when he had a fully healthy offensive line.

James Harrison denies PED allegations in sworn affidavit -
Harison submitted this document in an effort to avoid holding an interview with the NFL as they demanded. We will be curious to see if Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will follow Harrison's lead here and submit a similar document in the coming days.

Stadium Entertainment District seeks public input |
For those interested in participating in the public meeting that will help guide the developments around Lambeau Field, block off the evening of July 27th.

Jerome Bettis, Darren Woodson predict Packers will win NFC North |
It should be no surprise that analysts are expecting a bounce-back from the Packers in the division this year, but it's always nice to see Green Bay at the top of the list.

‘All or Nothing’ pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of an NFL team -
There have been some fascinating revelations on the show, which has given fans an unprecedented look inside an NFL locker room. It has been confirmed for a second season, but no team has been announced yet.