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Friday Cheese Curds: Could homegrown cornerbacks still help the Packers?

Also: Who will be the starting running back?

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

While the roster is still under construction, if someone were to look at the current makeup of the Green Bay Packers it would not be difficult to find the team’s Achilles’ heel.

It’s clearly the cornerback position.

Despite the return of veteran Tramon Williams to replace the traded Damarious Randall, the Packers are still very thin and very young at the position. This has been a grave concern not only for fans but also for head coach Mike McCarthy who flat out said at the annual league meetings the team didn’t have enough cornerbacks.

While Green Bay will very likely add at least one corner in the draft, is it possible their next starting corner is currently on the roster?

There’s actually an argument to be made that is the case. Many people thought Green Bay was crazy to release Josh Sitton and go with Lane Taylor as the team’s starting left guard. It turns out that was a very smart move and Taylor was rewarded with a contract extension.

Could the same thing happen at cornerback? It’s possible, but regardless the Packers will still need to add bodies at the position.

Read more on why the Packers aren’t necessarily in a pickle at corner and more in today’s cheese curds.

Modest expectations for homegrown CBs means Packers must look elsewhere—

Lenzy Pipkins flashed ability last year. Could he be the Lane Taylor to Randall’s Josh Sitton?

Who’s the No. 1 back? Packers have depth but no clear-cut starter -- yet—ESPN

I’d go with Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and then Ty Montgomery (who can and should be moved around). Regardless, the Packers have flexibility at the position for the first time in years.

The fate of the Tonawanda Kardex—

The Packers are the ultimate diamond in the rough pro sports story. Their sister city in New York State didn’t fare nearly as well when it came to hosting a pro football team.

Packers’ grade for free agency reflects the absence of a key upgrade—ESPN

Rob Demovsky gives the Packers a C+ for the main part of free agency. While the price for Malcolm Butler was in my opinion way too steep, the Packers could have had a few other younger cornerbacks. Williams will do fine as a stopgap and provides much needed veteran leadership.