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Cheese Curds, 5/10: Who’s excited about the Packers’ cornerback group?

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This writer is, to be sure, and there are plenty of reasons for that positivity.

NFL: Green Bay Packers-Rookie Minicamp Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

There are three players selected in the first 45 picks of the last two NFL Drafts. There’s a wily veteran returning to the team who was once a fan favorite and a Pro Bowler, and who knows the team’s new defensive coordinator’s scheme already. There is also a group of returning undrafted players each with something different to bring to the table. And, finally, there’s a lot of speed in the room.

This year, the Green Bay Packers’ cornerback group will look drastically different from the past few years. Top picks Jaire Alexander and Kevin King are among the fastest Packers at the position in recent memory, while King and Josh Jackson bring length and physicality. Tramon Williams is back as the elder statesman, ready to lead on and off the field.

The ability and sheer talent in the room is now exciting to think about, and the attitudes displayed by each of the players so far is just as much of a reason for optimism. Sure, there are 11 days to go until the first official OTA practice, but it’s tough to avoid feeling positive about the future of the Packers’ cornerbacks, and today’s curds reflect that.

Gutekunst administration calls on transition team to lead Packers CBs | Packers Wire
The experience that Tramon Williams brings into the cornerback room will be invaluable, particularly when it comes to leading a large group of first- and second-year cornerbacks.

Practice squad prepped DeAngelo Yancey for second shot | Packers.com
Yancey was around 225 pounds last year, but now he's closer to 210. He also feels that his play speed is faster, and he got plenty of chance to catch balls from Aaron Rodgers when the quarterback was running the scout team during his recovery.

Quarterback Tim Boyle gives Packers a do-over for Taysom Hill | Packersnews.com
Boyle isn't the athlete that Hill is, but it's rare to find a quarterback who moves that well. Still, Boyle is a very good athlete in his own right, and his mechanics are smooth, making him a legitimate candidate to stick with a spot on the practice squad this fall.

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Aaron Ripkowski is an interesting choice. There isn't a big emotional reason for it - just that he's identified as a player who can steal fantasy points away from players who would be started more frequently; the problem with that argument is that he has scored just three touchdowns in his career.

Report: Lions head coach Matt Patricia indicted, not tried, in 1996 sexual assault case - SBNation.com
I won't rush to judgment either way about this case, which never came to trial. What I will say is that it reflects poorly on the Detroit Lions organization that they were completely unaware of this situation prior to hiring Patricia.

Finally, let’s take a look at a pretty slick dunk reel by Kevin King from his college days. He’s showing off that 39-1/2” vertical well in this clip. (Thanks to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for digging this up.)