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Cheese Curds, 5/22: Keeping up with the Packers’ Joneses

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Two of Green Bay’s draft picks share a last name, but had very different paths to their new city.

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Three rounds apart in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers drafted a pair of players who share a last name. Second-round safety Josh Jones and fifth-round running back Aaron Jones aren’t related — after all, Jones is an awfully common name — but the two are both in Green Bay this week for the start of OTAs and both are excited to kick off their NFL careers.

Josh has been on the Packers’ radar for a long time, as you’ll learn in today’s cheese curds. Meanwhile, Aaron had a difficult time leaving another Jones, his twin brother Alvin who is still at UTEP playing college football.

While we examine those two young players, we also find a former Packer in the news for a position switch along with some items regarding each of the team’s divisional rivals across the NFC North.

Aaron Jones ready to forge his own path | Packers.com
For the first time, Aaron is apart from his twin brother Alvin. Leaving early was a tough decision for the running back, knowing that it would mean leaving his brother. However, Alvin insisted that Aaron should not stay an extra year in school just for him.

Packers rookie Josh Jones was Mike McCarthy’s draft crush | Packers Wire
The Packers' head coach had his eye on the team's second draft pick way back in November, when Brian Gutekunst brought Josh Jones to his attention. Needless to day, McCarthy is thrilled that Jones is now wearing Green and Gold.

SportsNation -- Which NFC playoff team from last season is least likely to make a return in 2017?
I'm definitely voting for the Lions here because of these stats:

2016 performances among PFF era's best | PFF
Aaron Rodgers' MVP seasons were first and third all-time in PFF's grading until 2016, when Tom Brady's season nudged them both down a spot.

Bears reportedly moving Kyle Long to left guard - NFL.com
Prior to the 2013 football season, Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang flipped spots, with Sitton moving from right guard to the left side and vice versa. Now it appears that Sitton is moving back to the right side, as he's switching with Kyle Long.

Mike Zimmer will miss Vikings OTAs to recover from 8th eye surgery - SBNation.com
Zim is still dealing with complications from surgery to fix a detached retina, so he'll be taking time off during spring practices to get back to normal.