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Cheese Curds, 8/31: Young Packers prepare for final audition, Bridgewater injury's impact

While Green Bay is getting healthy in preparation for week one, Minnesota's big loss will redefine their season.

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On Thursday night, the Green Bay Packers will wrap up their 2016 preseason the way they do every year - by sitting their starters and giving the bubble players a lengthy amount of time to audition for roster spots. They also will continue a recent tradition of letting someone other than head coach Mike McCarthy call the plays. Last year was a bit different, as McCarthy stepped back from playcalling for much of the season, but this should be the only game this season when Edgar Bennett has the playsheet.

Meanwhile, a few Packers starters appear ready to go for the regular season. For anyone concerned about "chemistry" between a certain MVP quarterback and his new tight end, it looks like you can put those worries to rest. Meanwhile, two third-year players who have each impressed said quarterback appear on the cusp of making the squad for week one and having significant roles.

Finally, we will shift the focus a bit West to one of the Packers' divisional rivals, who suffered a massive loss on Tuesday in practice. Take a look at how the Vikings will move forward without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and let's just be glad that there was no bone or arterial damage and that the young QB should be able to recover fully. We've got all that an more in today's Cheese Curds!

Camp Insider: Rodgers, Cook find timing |
Here's the recap of the last day of practice - the Packers' QB and new tight end appear to be in sync even when running the scout team offense, while there is a great battle brewing for a possible 5th cornerback spot.

Jared Abbrederis on verge of major step in his career |
Between Abby and Justin Perillo, the Packers have a pair of experienced players who did not make the team out of camp in either of their first two NFL seasons.

Green Bay Packers' Mike McCarthy giving up play calling -- for a day - ESPN
As he does every year, McCarthy is letting his offensive coordinator call the plays in the final preseason game. This year, Edgar Bennett gets the job.

Green and Bold: David Bakhtiari Could Stay Put for a Long Time | Cheesehead TV
Although Spriggs looks promising. Bakh put up a perfect 12-0 record in pass-rush one-on-one drills this summer and shows no sign of slipping in his excellent pass-protection.

Trevor Siemian is the starting QB for the Super Bowl champions. That’s very weird and maybe OK. -
I feel like Northwestern fans' opinions about Simian's NFL prospects are somewhat similar to Wisconsin fans' feelings on Joel Stave, who is now one play away from being a starter in Minnesota.

What Teddy Bridgewater injury means for Vikings | PFF
Speaking of Stave, here's a look from PFF at Minnesota's QB situation. And it comes with a surprise - Stave graded out better in 2015 than Dallas' new starting QB Dak Prescott.