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Cheese Curds, 9/7: Packers need instant contributions from rookies Clark & Martinez

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Green Bay desperately needs two of its draft picks to contribute on day one for the defense to operate as effectively as planned.

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As the Green Bay Packers prepare for their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team still has a few questions about the composition of its roster and starting lineup. Perhaps chief among those questions is the defensive line, where injuries, youth, and a suspension have combined to make that unit the least-secure group on the roster.

The team's first-round draft pick, Kenny Clark, was supposed to provide some stability on the line from day one, but his back injury has thrown that plan into question as well. However, by necessity, he will be on the field on Sunday barring any further setbacks and he will be sorely needed when the Packers suit up.

Likewise, the Packers have another rookie defender who will be counted on from day one: inside linebacker Blake Martinez. His ascent to the starting lineup was rapid, however, and he is proving already that he has earned the coaches' trust. In today's curds, we look at both of these rookies and their expected impacts, as well as much more speculation about how the team will line up on Sunday.

Lane Taylor ready to capitalize on starting opportunity |
The new starting left guard spoke to the media on Monday, discussing how his practice reps with the starters over the past few years will help him now that he is actually in the starting lineup.

Aaron Rodgers looking for WRs he can trust |
With nine receivers in the organization, the competition should be fierce in practice for Rodgers' attention, trust, and passes. Oh, and there's a little nugget in here about the possibility of a tenth wideout being added to the practice squad - maybe the Devon Cajuste signing is happening after all?

Green Bay Packers' Kenny Clark back on track for Week 1 - ESPN
Mike Daniels made no bones about it - the Packers need Clark this week with all of their depth issues along the defensive line.

10 non-first-rounders who can make a big impact | PFF
As one might expect, Blake Martinez makes the list, as the Packers' new starting inside linebacker will be wearing the communications helmet this season.

The Vikings knew it was stupid to trade for Sam Bradford, and they did it anyway -
Rick Spielman put the Vikings' situation without Teddy Bridgewater very clearly: "To be honest, there was no solution. No good solution."

Jared Goff will be inactive for Rams' season opener -