Wednesday’s cheese curds prominently discussed two Green Bay Packers players: tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Ty Montgomery. Today, we are going back to the well with features on those two players once again, as both continue to be in the news for their off- and on-the-field exploits.
Bennett’s news items primarily deal with his persona off the field, but he is anything but a problem for Packers management. Instead, he continues to endear himself to Packers fans with his varied interests, and he also discusses his happiness to see that the NFL has eased up on its handling of celebrations.
Meanwhile, we continue to learn more about Montgomery’s acclimation to the running back position. Today, we focus a bit on his work as a pass-blocker, an area on which he should be able to get plenty of work in OTAs. After all, with no tackling allowed, the development of the running game has to wait until training camp, so the pass game will be the focus for the offense in spring practices.
Check out that and much more throughout today’s curds, and let us know what you think of the refreshed look of the home page here at APC and across SB Nation.
Martellus Bennett's reading list: From 'Harry Potter' to 'The Hitchhikers' Guide' - ESPN
As a Hitchhiker's nut myself, I feel an instant bond anytime I learn that someone else is a big fan of that series, so Bennett is climbing farther up my "favorite player" rankings without even playing a snap.
Martellus Bennett wants some credit for NFL’s new celebration rules | Packers Wire
Bennett was heavily critical of a video that the NFL put out earlier this spring in which it was trying to clarify what celebrations were and were not acceptable; now he thinks he deserves some props for helping Roger Goodell and company change their minds.
Green and Bold: Make No Mistake, Ty Montgomery is THE Guy | CheeseheadTV.com
Preach, Michelle! We discussed this a bit in yesterday's curds as well, but it's worth discussing just a bit more: Montgomery is ready to take the league by storm this season.
Ty Montgomery feeling at home in Packers' backfield | Packers.com
As expected, Montgomery is also working hard on his pass-blocking. He has been focusing on learning from his running backs coach, Ben Sirmans, and fullback Aaron Ripkowski, who should be able to help him continue to develop in that area.
Thompson neglects Packers’ pass rush at his own peril | Packersnews.com
I actually agree with this somewhat; I expected Thompson to take an edge rusher before the end of the third round, and although I am pleased with the Vince Biegel pick, it could have been helpful to add a second player - perhaps a Derek Rivers or Jordan Willis type.
Best under-25 NFL players on defense | PFF
As one would expect, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (who is 24) makes the list at safety.
NFL's best overreactions come at OTAs. This year is no different - SBNation.com
"Good day" in helmets and shorts; guys being overweight; a player skipping OTAs to spend time with Johnny Manziel...well, maybe that last one isn't a great decision, although apparently the time consists of workouts, not partying.
2018 Pro Bowl returns to Orlando following successful first year - NFL.com
Apparently everybody involved enjoyed holding the event in central Florida, so the Pro Bowl is going back next January.