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Cheese Curds, 12/21: Kenny Clark’s toy drive robbed; Tyler Lancaster steps up

It’s a batch of Curds heavy on the defensive line, but one of the team’s top players could use our assistance.

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

As the Green Bay Packers’ decision with defensive tackle Kenny Clark drags on this week, one thing is sure: somebody in his hometown is a jerk of the highest caliber.

Clark, who missed last week’s game with an elbow injury and who may or may not be going on injured reserve before Sunday’s game against the Jets, is the Packers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee this season. In just his third season in the NFL, Clark has made a great impact on his community, both in Green Bay and in his home town.

This year he had been working on a toy drive for underprivileged kids back home when tragedy struck — someone robbed the stash of toys at Clark’s mother’s house, leaving it completely bare. If you’re interested in helping Clark out and bringing some happiness to some needy kids, read on.

Meanwhile, in on-field news, Clark’s replacement had a great game in his longest audition of the season. Rookie Tyler Lancaster has outplayed anyone’s expectations of him this season, and it’s entirely reasonable to expect him to be on the roster in 2019. Keep reading for news on him as well.

Packers: Kenny Clark's toy drive for needy kids goes on despite theft |
The good news coming out of this is the generosity of the community. The toys that were stolen were worth an estimated $5,000, but a GoFundMe has already raised more than twice that number.

Here’s the link to the GoFundMe if you’re inclined to help out.

Tyler Lancaster ‘was close to dominant’ vs. Chicago |
Here are a few interesting notes from the Packers' coordinators this week.

  • Mike Pettine thought Lancaster was awesome, and he sounds really high on him moving forward.
  • Pettine also says that Josh Jackson is having a “typical rookie year,” alluding to the cornerback’s struggles.
  • Tony Brown might get some opportunities on punt returns in the final two weeks.

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