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Cheese Curds, 6/5: Malachi Dupre impresses early, Packers need to find 3rd-down pass rush

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It isn’t quite chugging down the tracks at full speed yet, but there’s another hype train getting fueled up in the station.

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One of the more hotly-debated players of the Green Bay Packers2017 NFL Draft class was seventh-round pick Malachi Dupre. The wide receiver out of LSU entered college as one of the top recruits in the country, but failed to put up impressive production in Baton Rouge. The lack of big numbers certainly affected his stock, but early on in spring practices he appears to be working hard to show the Packers that they found a steal.

Keep in mind that we’re still just two weeks into OTAs and the pads haven’t come on yet, but the comments from Dupre’s fellow receivers are very positive about the rookie’s work ethic and early understanding of the Packers’ offense. If he can demonstrate to Aaron Rodgers that the quarterback can trust him to be in the right place, that’s probably at least half the battle right there.

On the other side of the football, the absences of two former Packers who departed in free agency continue to be felt as writers and analysts look to project the pass rush moving forward in 2017. With the depth on the edge looking to be a question mark at best, the Packers may need to rely on a couple of their stars more heavily this season when in obvious passing situations.

Check out those items and much more in today’s cheese curds, and get ready for another open OTA practice on Tuesday.

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A couple of current Packers have been bringing along their 7th-round rookie, with both Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison praising Dupre's focus and attention to detail. The amusing bit here is that Allison is probably the player whose roster chances are most endangered by Dupre's presence.

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