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Cheese Curds, 1/16: Shrine Game practices begin as college All-Star season is underway

The next few weeks will see plenty of college seniors working out for NFL scouts.

NCAA Football: East-West Shrine Game Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff continues to be in flux, particularly on the defense, the front office under new general manager Brian Gutekunst is already hard at work.

That is because this week marks the beginning of practices for the East-West Shrine Game, the first of several college All-Star games that give college seniors one more chance to shine in real game action. The Shrine Game is second in prestige to next week’s Senior Bowl, but the practices are every bit as important since many players in this game will end up being drafted or signed as undrafted free agents.

Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers will note that there are three former Badgers in this year’s Shrine Game: outside linebacker Leon Jacobs, defensive end Alec James, and safety Natrell Jamerson. This group does not feature a sure-fire NFL draft pick, but each of those players can improve their stock with a big week of practice.

Stay tuned this week to reports out of St. Petersburg, and keep an eye out next week for Senior Bowl news from Mobile, Alabama.

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