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Cheese Curds, 8/15: Youth will play a huge role on Packers’ depth chart in 2017

The Packers are always a young team, and those young players will need to step up and lead quickly.

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The Green Bay Packers are routinely one of the younger teams in the NFL. The team’s draft-and-develop philosophy sees to that, as most holes on the roster end up getting plugged by draft picks and undrafted free agents.

Admittedly, this year the Packers strayed from that approach a bit by signing some veteran free agents, but the youth movement remains vital to the team’s success. In today’s curds, we’ll look at a handful of players who are critical to that success.

Each of the players featured in today’s curds has two or fewer years of NFL experience under his belt, and none are older than 24 years of age. In fact, one player — defensive tackle Kenny Clark — entered the NFL last year as one of its youngest players at the age of 20. Now 21 years old, Clark is younger than all but two other players on the roster, rookies included. All told, the Packers have 39 players aged 23 or younger and 56 members of the 90-man roster are under 25.

Hopefully having so much green on the roster will be a good recipe for success for the green and gold.

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