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Cheese Curds, 6/13: Packers’ Spriggs & Biegel look to stay healthy & earn bigger roles

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These two young Packers need to be full-go in training camp to get the playing time they want in 2018.

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For two young Green Bay Packers players, the 2017 season was defined by injuries. Jason Spriggs and Vince Biegel both missed the first half of the regular season, as Spriggs suffered an injured kneecap towards the end of training camp and Biegel had foot surgery after his first practice in a Packers uniform.

This year, both players are healthy and are in line for a significant uptick in playing time. Spriggs is the front-runner to start at right tackle with Bryan Bulaga still recovering from a torn ACL, and he used his rehab time to bulk up from his lean (for an offensive lineman) frame.

Biegel, meanwhile, is in line for a lot of snaps on defense this year as a primary backup to starting linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. He’s learning his second defensive scheme in as many years in the NFL, but this time he has the ability to go full-speed throughout the spring and hopefully through training camp in order to carve out that big role for himself.

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