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Cheese Curds, 2/11: The AAF had a nice opening weekend, but does it have staying power?

A bunch of former Packers were back in pads over the weekend.

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Jayrone Elliott, a former Green Bay Packers linebacker, now plays for the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF.
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Not since 2007 has the NFL had a developmental league. That was the final season of NFL Europe, which began playing as the World League of American Football in 1991. This weekend, however, we saw the opening of an entirely new football league — the Alliance of American Football — which began its inaugural season with plenty of attention.

Perhaps it’s Twitter and the advent of social media that has football fans so excited about football in the spring. Perhaps it was a dismal Super Bowl that has fans looking for some additional excitement. Or maybe people just truly can’t ever get enough football. Whatever the reason for the excitement, it was real, as this league’s first games got better ratings than a big regular-season matchup in another major sport.

Plenty of former Green Bay Packers players were in action this weekend, and we’ll look more closely at their performances later today. But now the challenge for the AAF is sustaining the success that it had on opening weekend. Time will tell if they’re able to do so.

AAF highlights: Big plays, big ratings mark opening night on CBS |
The AAF got a lot of eyeballs, debuting just a week after the Super Bowl and out-drawing an excellent NBA matchup in TV ratings.

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If the new league ends up being nothing more than a developmental league for the NFL, that's probably a good thing. Still, there were some entertaining plays and interesting rules that differ from the NFL.

Inbox: Who will be next to make that jump? |
Could Tony Brown be in for a big second-year improvement? He’s got all the athletic ability one could hope for in a cornerback, and perhaps he makes the Packers look smart for grabbing an undrafted rookie and turning him into something. Sound like anybody else you remember?

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Although Brown didn’t sign with the Packers immediately and wasn’t a recent convert from wide receiver, his undrafted status brings Shields to mind. The veteran made it through an entire NFL season in 2018 without any issues, something we at APC thought was unlikely when he signed with the Rams. Now he's got his eye on 2019 and staying with that team, though it's a packed depth chart that led to him only playing special teams in the playoffs.

Look no further than Adam Humphries to fill-in at slot WR for Packers | Packers Wire
While there has been discussions about Cole Beasley on Packers Twitter, Humphries is probably a better overall player who should be a serious target for Brian Gutekunst.

For $20, Wildlife Images will put your ex's name on a salmon and feed it to a bear | KTVL
Apparently this symbolic destruction of an ex is becoming a big-time thing.

Finally, as a bonus silly curds, enjoy this bulldog performing in an agility competition!