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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers will rely heavily on Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson

The rookies are going to have to learn on the fly if the defense wants to get where it wants to be

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The final roster cuts have happened, the roster is mostly stabilized and now all that’s left is to count the days down to Sunday.

With Labor Day officially in the books, welcome to Week 1!

After an off-season that featured more turnover both in player personnel and the front office than they’ve seen in years, the Green Bay Packers are ready to take on the 2018 season.

One of the bigger changes Green Bay made was (yet again) overhauling their secondary, but this time around there is relative hope the team got it right.

Rookie cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson will be heavily relied upon to contribute immediately and while you don’t want to overstate preseason performances, the two youngsters made their presence known in August.

Jackson intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown and Alexander also had an interception against the Oakland Raiders. Their ball hawking skills have come as advertised.

This will be welcome news for a defense that almost got accustomed to being torn to shreds. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will be leaning heavily on the two rookies and while that’s not always an ideal case, Alexander and Jackson seem up to the task.

You can read more on the rookie cornerback duo in today’s cheese curds.

Green Bay Packers’ defense depending on top rookies to make immediate impact—

The two certainly have the swagger and the potential. It might be rough sailing early, but they should grow into their roles by the end of the season.

Prank text gives Packers’ Robert Tonyan cut-down day scare—ESPN

No one pushes around Big Bob Tonyan like that.

A Journeyman’s Run to Become the Most Unlikely Packer—MMQB

A great read on Jake Kumerow who was earning the trust of his teammates before injuring his shoulder. The best part? Those singing his praises were the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Mike Daniels.

After a rare losing year, the revamped Packers look to return to elite status-Chicago Tribune

When they aren’t writing snarky tweets about Rodgers, the Tribune usually publishes good content. This is a great review of the changes Green Bay has made and how they hope to rejoin the league’s elite.

Khalil Mack expected to play Week 1 vs Packers—Packers Wire

Time to saddle up, David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. There’s a Mack truck coming your way.