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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers’ rookie receivers must be “special” to become special

Also: Could the landmark Supreme Court decision ease the financial pain of the upcoming Aaron Rodgers extension?

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

When you select three wide receivers in the NFL Draft, there is no guarantee all three will make the roster especially when you have two entrenched starters like the Green Bay Packers do (Davante Adams, Randall Cobb).

For rookies J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown, that likely means special teams hold the key to them locking down a spot on the 53-man roster.

All three rookie receivers have very little special teams experience. In fact, Moore played no special teams snaps in four years at Misssouri. The other two have just three returned punts between them.

Veteran Trevor Davis likely will get the first shot at being the main returner, so that means the the rookies will likely be competing as a replacement for the departed Jeff Janis.

Should any of the three stand out as a receiver, that of course will change the landscape of the special teams as well.

There’s more on the rookie wide receivers’ learning special teams plus how yesterday’s Supreme Court decision could affect the impending Aaron Rodgers extension in today’s cheese curds.

Special kind of challenge awaits Packers’rookie wide receivers—

The three rookies echoed what GM Brian Gutekunst and coach Mike McCarthy have said all offseason: they’re going to compete, and competition makes everyone better.

Jason Witten predicts former Cowboys teammate Dez Bryant will sign with Packers—Bleacher Report

The tight end-turned-broadcaster thinks Bryant will land with the Packers. While an offense featuring Rodgers, Bryant and Jimmy Graham is tantalizing, would the Packers even consider bringing in a personality like Bryant’s after getting burned by Martellus Bennett last season?

Gambling decision could prove beneficial for Packers, Rodgers’ contract extension—Packers Wire

There are a lot of things at play here, but gambling could help offset some of the burden Rodgers’ extension will place on the Packers’ salary cap. The NFL knew this was a possibility and how it reacts will determine what effect gambling money has on teams’ finances.

Packers believe they have first round talent in DeShone Kizer—ESPN

McCarthy thinks Kizer would have gone in the first round this year. Equanimeous St. Brown, who caught passes from Kizer at Notre Dame, agrees.

Packers surprise Army National Guard, Make-A-Wish Kid—

Players on the Packers’ annual Tailgate Tour surprised some of our nation’s finest as well as deliver tickets to a young fan via the Make A Wish Foundation.