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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers gear up for NFL Scouting Combine

It’s officially Draft SZN

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The February post-Super Bowl lull for football fans is nearly over.

The NFL Scouting Combine gets underway in Indianapolis today as teams descend on Lucas Oil Field for an up close and personal look at prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft.

For the Green Bay Packers, this means general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur will be looking at prospects they hope can fill several holes on the roster, particularly at tight end, edge rusher and safety just to name a few.

Both Gutekunst and LaFleur are scheduled to speak to the media on Wednesday, so we’ll have more information on what the Packers are looking for at the combine then but it’s clear what Green Bay’s priorities here are even with free agency still weeks away.

Iowa tight end TJ Hockenson and Florida edge rusher Jachai Polite have emerged as two of Packer Nation’s biggest draft crushes and both will be putting their skills on display for the Packers and the rest of the league.

The groundwork for what happens in free agency also will be laid this week despite the legal tampering period not starting until March 11.

Fans have survived the biggest lull in the off-season with the calendar now turning to March. Things are about to get exciting.

For more on the combine and who the Packers may be looking at, check out today’s cheese curds.

The Green Bay Packers at the NFL scouting combine: Here’s what to expect—

While not the most exciting television around, the information teams gather this week will mood exactly how events will unfold during the draft in April.

Packers free agency preview: Safety—Packers Wire

Green Bay once again is in the market for a safety or two and while there are big names out there Gutekunst could sign, the contracts could quickly escalate out of control.

Mike Smith’s message: Coming off the edge, go after the ball—

Outside linebackers coach Mike Smith will be placing an emphasis on forcing turnovers with his players, something the defense has been lacking with the pass rush for several years.

Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews visits patients at Marshfield hospital—Wisconsin State Journal

A snowstorm and a cloudy future in Green Bay didn’t stop the Claymaker from doing good things for some sick children in Marshfield.

Escaped emu crosses border from Florida to Georgia—UPI

Florida-Georgia Line could right a song about this although I’m not sure they’re an Emu band.