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Cheese Curds, 8/23: Packers’ young receivers fight through preseason adversity

Ted Thompson will have very difficult decisions to make at wide receiver in a few weeks.

NFL: Green Bay Packers-Training Camp Jim Matthews-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Green Bay Packers have no shortage of talent and athleticism at the wide receiver position. A few of the young, promising receivers have speed to burn - think Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis. Others have impressive physical frames (DeAngelo Yancey at 6’1” and 220 pounds) or great leaping ability (Malachi Dupre and his 39.5-inch-vertical).

However, each of these players has dealt with significant adversity in their preseasons this year, perhaps except for Janis. Even Janis had his own issues last year, when he missed the whole preseason with a broken hand. However, the fourth-year wideout is learning an important nuance to one of a receiver’s primary skills, and that is contributing to another big preseason performance this summer.

The others, however, have had challenges recently. Davis followed up a huge play on special teams with a bad mistake, while Yancey and Dupre have both dealt with injuries. Thankfully, all of these players were practicing on Tuesday and, along with Max McCaffrey, are locked in battle for spots on the 53-man roster.

It should be fun to watch that battle play out over the final two preseason games, as well as numerous other competitions across the depth chart. Here’s a look at some of those battles.

From touchdown to fumble to uncertainty: Trevor Davis seeks redemption - ESPN
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have: Trevor Davis' preseason so far.

Improvisation key to Jeff Janis’ growth as route runner |
This is an interesting look at one reason why Janis is having a good preseason - instead of predetermining what moves and releases he will use before each snap, he is learning to read the cornerback covering him and adjust his movements on the fly.

Packers have 'excellent battle' going for No. 3 QB |
Are you #TeamHill or #TeamCallahan? It's no secret where this writer stands, especially given the BYU rookie's performances through two games.

Which rookie UDFA’s have best chance to make Packers 53-man roster? | Packers Wire
Justin Vogel appears to be a near-lock at this point, but APC had two UDFA rookies on our 53-man prediction: Vogel and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins.

Eight teams have had same QB for at least 10 seasons |
According to the NFL’s research, those eight teams (which include the Packers, of course) have won more playoff games than the other 24 NFL teams combined in the last nine years, and they also have won seven of the last nine Super Bowls.