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Cheese Curds, 6/23: Second-year Packers work for brains to catch up to bodies

Will Dean Lowry and his fellow second-years make the big jump in 2017?

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The Green Bay Packers have just over a month to go before they report for training camp on July 27th, and this week we learned about the schedule of open practices to take place this summer.

As the team is on its break, however, several of the players are aiming for the big second-year jump that Mike McCarthy loves to talk about. In today’s cheese curds, we find looks at a trio of these players who are entering year two and are working towards bigger roles and making a bigger impact in 2017 than they did as rookies.

We also have some discussion of the Packers’ continued attempts to host the NFL Draft, which are still underway for 2018 and beyond. If you ask me, the synchronicity of 2019 being the team’s 100-year anniversary would be a perfect opportunity.

On to the news!

Green Bay Packers WR Trevor Davis' game needs to catch up to his speed - ESPN
Davis made a big impact in the Packers' regular-season game in Atlanta, catching a touchdown pass and ripping off a 55-yard punt return. He's up five pounds this offseason, from 188 to 193, and is working hard to better his understanding of the offense.

Packers envision big things from smart and versatile DL Dean Lowry | Packers Wire
A third player entering his second year is Lowry, who is slated to play just about every position on the Packers' defensive line this season. Like in Davis' case, his understanding of the Packers' scheme is catching up to his impressive physical tools.

Kentrell Brice brings it with the best of them |
Brice's big hits make him a highlight-reel player, but he's more worried about converting the interceptions that he couldn't quite catch last season.

Green Bay 'absolutely' could host NFL draft |
While the league has made no decisions about the next few NFL Draft locations, one official with Green Bay's tourism department and a Packers PR representative are both optimistic about the city's chances.

Patriots sign David Harris after Jets dumped him -
Because of course they did.