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Cheese Curds, 8/3: Kevin King gets tested while Matthews & Perry aim high

It’s very simple - the Packers’ top pick is playing with the starters to give him a chance to prove himself.

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

After an off day Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers get back on the practice field this evening, holding their first practice that doesn’t begin in the early morning. For the Packers, a 6:15 PM start might be a welcome change from the early starts; it certainly will be for local Packers media, as one beat writer complained about it a bit during one of Mike McCarthy’s recent press conferences.

When the Packers take the field today, they will hope to have rookie cornerback Kevin King back on the field after he missed Tuesday’s session. That was the first practice of camp that he had missed, after spending the previous three sessions getting work on the outside with the starters. In today’s Cheese Curds, we find out one of the reasons why he has been so heavily involved with the first-team defense early on in his first camp.

This morning also features a few bits of news about other Packers players, including a pass-rush tandem that’s searching for some elusive good health and a running back who has seen his football world turn upside-down since this time last year.

Packers training camp: Joe Whitt putting Kevin King to the test | Packers Wire
King has taken starters' reps almost every day that he has practiced so far in camp; his position coach says the strategy there is to see what King is ready for and is asking Aaron Rodgers to throw more to King's side to test him even further. Hopefully the rookie will be back on the field this evening after missing Tuesday’s practice.

Matthews, Perry know they need to stay healthy for Packers edge rush |
The complement to good coverage is a good pass rush, and there is no shortage of talent for the two edge rushers in the starting lineup. The USC products are excited to have a healthy competition on opposite sides of the line, but they know that it all starts and ends with them staying on the field.

Ty Montgomery putting it all together this summer |
Pass-blocking is still a work in progress, but at least one of Montgomery's rookie teammates, Aaron Jones, thinks #88 is a complete back: "If I came in and nobody would’ve told me he was a receiver before, I would have thought he was a running back the whole time."

Green Bay Packers' Lance Kendricks complements Martellus Bennett - ESPN
Kendricks isn't a forgotten man, at least not around APC; this writer in particular is excited for his ability to line up in multiple positions and be a plus blocker, but Mike McCarthy's comments about his attitude are just as exciting.

The Most Die Hard NFL Fan Bases [INFOGRAPHIC] | Tahiti Village Resort
Packers fans rank number one, obviously.