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Cheese Curds, 9/13: Packers’ offense benefits from tight end additions

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Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks made some big plays in their Packers debuts.

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The Green Bay Packers’ new tight ends wasted no time contributing to the team’s success when the 2017 regular season got underway. New additions Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks joined veteran Packer Richard Rodgers this offseason to form the core of the team’s tight end group, and that trio now stacks up against any group at that position in the NFL.

What they did in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks demonstrates the value of a deep, talented set of players at that position.

As we look through our curds on this Wednesday morning, we start with a look at the impact that each of those players had on offense, which goes well beyond their own receiving stats. They are opening running lanes with their blocking abilities, and their presence is drawing coverage away from other Packers receivers like Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. It should be a fun week in the film room for that trio, and position coach Brian Angelichio should have plenty of good things to emphasize when looking at the tape.

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