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Cheese Curds, 2/17: On Clay Matthews' fit inside & Packers' handling of rookie running backs

Green Bay took a strange tactic when handling the running back situation during and after training camp last season, and one former Packer got three separate shots with the team before writing them off for good.

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With free agency quickly upcoming, the Green Bay Packers are starting to see more and more players hit the market as other NFL teams try to trim the fat from their salary cap. This week, a number of notable players got their walking papers, with the Miami Dolphins the latest team to cut a handful of former stars.

One of those players might be an intriguing name for Packers fans, in large part because of the position he plays: outside linebacker. That position is in flux this offseason in Green Bay, with several key players hitting free agency and the only returning veteran facing questions about his positional fit moving forward. That player is of course Clay Matthews, who has been healthier - and arguably more effective - inside over the past few years.

Meanwhile, the Packers are known as a team that gives undrafted rookies plenty of chances, but today's Cheese Curds find a strange story from one of last year's rookie group who had a few shots at making the team. His story is just one side of the situation, so we don't know what the Packers' viewpoint is, but it's still a piece worth reading and thinking about as we move into the player acquisition phase of the offseason.

Green Bay Packers need Clay Matthews -- plus help -- inside and out - ESPN
Does anyone dispute that Matthews should be used more inside in 2017 than he was in 2016?

Through the Lens: Tunnel vision at Lambeau | Packerscom
Team photographer Evan Siegle looks at a couple more of his favorite photos from this season, and these ones focus primarily on the playoffs. He also illustrates how difficult it can be to capture big moments - Lambeau Leaps in particular.

Undrafted rookies Jackson, Burks running down different paths |
It was a strange situation for the Packers at running back last August. Don Jackson was released prior to camp (with an injury he suffered working out), while Brandon Burks led the team in preseason rushing and made the team for one day. Then a day later he was gone, replaced by Jhurell Pressley, and Jackson landed on the practice squad. Now, Jackson is in line to compete for a roster spot in 2017, while Burks took a circuitous route to the New York Jets.

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington | Scouting Report | PFF
An excellent press-man corner with good ball skills? Sounds like someone the Packers could use, does it not?

Mario Williams released after 1 disappointing season with Dolphins -
Probably not...Williams played poorly in 2016, so poorly that he was benched midseason. Theoretically, he could be useful as a rotational pass-rusher, but only if he comes on a cheap deal with lots of incentives.

Darrelle Revis charged with four felonies after alleged altercation -
This is a crazy situation surrounding an event last Sunday morning. The alleged victims were recording Revis with a cell phone, and Revis is accused of aggravted assault, robber, and conspiracy: aggravated assault.

Tommy Maddox on XFL, Elway, and Giving Way to Big Ben | The MMQB with Peter King
Maddox has both a Super Bowl ring (from the Steelers' win in XL) and an XFL title with the Los Angeles Xtreme. But it's easy to forget that he was drafted in 1992 by the Broncos in round one as a successor to John Elway.