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Cheese Curds, 5/11: Packers’ undrafted corners ready to compete for roster spots

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Green Bay’s CB coach, Joe Whitt, will have plenty of new blood to work with this season as the team brought in four undrafted players for him to develop.

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Last season, the Green Bay Packers kept a pair of undrafted cornerbacks on the team’s week one roster. The year before, they kept one in LaDarius Gunter, and the team has a lengthy history of giving cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt lightly-regarded players to mold over the years. That tradition goes back to Sam Shields and beyond.

This season, the Packers have four undrafted corners on the roster, and each brings a different set of experiences and play to the table. One thing they all have in common is that they are all taller players, every one of them being listed at 6 feet or 6-foot-1. Will any of Donatello Brown, Lenzy Pipkins, Raysean Pringle, or David Rivers make the team in September? Stay tuned throughout spring practices and training camp to find out.

Meanwhile, the team will have quite the competition for the backup running back positions this season, with five rookies (three of whom are draft picks) vying for two or three spots. Camp should feature some fun position battles this year, and the second halves of the Packers’ preseason games will likely be deciding factors.

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Donatello Brown and Lenzy Pipkins are both taller corners at six feet tall, and they are among the players who stand out most from the Packers' undrafted class, at least to one NFL scout.

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Here we get a closer look at Brown, who turned his football career around after being ruled academically ineligible a few years ago. After working hard to return to college and get back on Valdosta State’s football team, Brown is now set up with a chance to make an NFL roster.

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The Packers have five very different running backs to choose from as backups to Ty Montgomery, and each can be described a little bit differently.

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Vegas never puts odds on the week 17 games this far out, but the Packers are currently favored in all but three games: the contests at Atlanta, Dallas, and Pittsburgh.

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Patriots offer LeGarrette Blount a contract tender, even though they might not want him - SBNation.com
This is a clever ploy by the Patriots, and one that is rarely used for unrestricted free agents. They offered him a contract before the compensatory pick deadline, meaning that if he signs with another team, the Pats can still count him towards their comp pick equation.

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Meanwhile, the former Packer is in New England, who already seems to have too many running backs as it is.