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Cheese Curds, 8/16: Packers look for more success from young defensive players

After solid debuts last week, it’s time for several Packers players to continue showing improvement in game action.

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After a relatively successful 2018 opener, the Green Bay Packers’ defense is showing signs of promise. That is particularly true for a handful of first- and second-year pros on that side of the football, and tonight’s second preseason game will be a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that they can keep that success going.

Linebacker Oren Burks and cornerback Josh Jackson led their position groups in snaps last week, with Burks leading the way among all Packers defenders. Montravius Adams had a few particularly impressive plays. And Ahmad Thomas is demonstrating why the team’s coaches have been excited about him as he vies for a roster spot.

All of those players are mentioned in today’s curds as we look forward to the game against the Steelers this evening.

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Pettine is happy that Burks played full-speed and took charge of the huddle later in the game, and also praised Jackson's play in the opener. Now it's time to keep up the good work in the second preseason game tonight.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Thomas is also fighting for linebacker snaps, and he was on the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday to talk about the competition to replace Jake Ryan:

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