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Cheese Curds, 8/16: Packers’ running backs are still working on nuances of the offense

With youth comes inexperience, and that is proving to be a challenge for the Packers’ backs so far in camp.

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As the Green Bay Packers approach the midpoint of training camp, there remain some significant questions about one significant position group: the running backs.

On Tuesday, the starter sat out with an injury, leading to a rookie getting most of the first-team snaps. However, this comes after an abysmal performance in the team’s first preseason game, in which the backs combined for just 14 carries and 18 rushing yards.

The players’ contributions in the passing game were not much better; between the tailbacks and fullbacks, the unit caught five passes for 18 yards, while particularly struggling on screen passes.

In today’s curds, we’ll look at those tailbacks a bit while examining comments from a few other players on the roster.

'Quarterback whisperer' Martellus Bennett talks chemistry with Aaron Rodgers - ESPN
Bennett knows that he won't get many reps with Rodgers in preseason games - Aaron barely plays at all - so he's taking every chance he can get to connect with his new quarterback in practice and off the field.

Ty Montgomery's injury gives Jamaal Williams more reps with starters - ESPN
As we discussed yesterday, Montgomery's injury does not appear to be a serious one. However, Williams should start being looked at as his handcuff by fantasy football players looking to figure out who will be the Packers' primary backup.

Packers' offense still searching for right 'feel' on screen passes |
On back-to-back screen passes last week, the Packers took a sack and had a pass broken up. The line and running backs need to get a feel for each other to make those plays work, something they had with Eddie Lacy and James Starks.

Dom Capers counted 16 missed tackles in Packers’ preseason opener | Packers Wire
Yikes. You can't even blame all that on just week one jitters or a lack of tackling in practice; that's just straight-up bad.

Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry add to the hype during Packers’ preseason opener | Packers Wire
The two second-year linemen had excellent games last Thursday and are showing reasons why they both should be counted on as key players this season.

Jaguars need to find a better quarterback than Blake Bortles NOW -
Brett Hundley for a third-round pick. Do it.