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Cheese Curds, 6/4: Alexander aims for ‘dog year’, Jamaal Williams adjusts to zone running

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While one talented young player is excited about his second year in Green Bay’s defense, another has to learn to adapt to a new offensive scheme.

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For the third time this spring, the Green Bay Packers head outside for an open OTA practice on Tuesday. Fans will get their final look at the team prior to next week’s mandatory minicamp, and it should be interesting to see what fun things take place in that practice.

One player who is aiming for a big step forward this year is cornerback Jaire Alexander. The second-year pro is a confident player — he exudes swagger both on and off the field — but he plans to take that big second-year leap that his old coach used to talk about consistently. With so many new faces in the secondary, specifically at the safety position, having a dynamic playmaker like Alexander developing and providing consistency can only be a positive.

Meanwhile, third-year running back Jamaal Williams is dealing with the transition to a different offensive scheme. Can the bruising back adjust from a power-running approach to more of a slashing, zone system? That may hold the key to just how much playing time and how many carries he gets in 2019.

Jaire Alexander looks to build off ‘great starting point’ | Packers.com
Last year's top pick says 2019 is going to be his "dog year," and that he expects to be an All-Pro.

Jamaal Williams aiming to adapt ‘downhill mentality’ to Packers’ new scheme | Packersnews.com
The assumption has been that Aaron Jones and Dexter Williams will be the best fits among the Packers’ running back stable for Matt LaFleur’s offense. Still, there should be a role for Jamaal Williams, so long as he can adjust to the one-cut approach after being a punishing, between-the-tackles runner to start his NFL career.

Progress reports for all 32 NFL first-round picks | ESPN
Here's a look at Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage's spring so far, in the context of all the other first-round draft picks.

Packers planning Bart Starr celebration around home game in 2019 | Packers Wire
Packers fans hoping to have a chance to participate in the team's honoring of Starr will get their chance. However, I'd expect it to happen during a Green package game, which would eliminate games against the Broncos and Raiders.

Gerald McCoy, Panthers finalizing one-year $8.5 million deal | SI.com
McCoy will get a chance to stick it to his old team twice this year, which probably played a part in his decision to sign with Carolina. He'll join a talented group of interior linemen that includes Kawann Short, Dontari Poe, and Vernon Butler.

The 7 best NFL revenge games of the last 25 years, ranked - SBNation.com
It's Revenge Week around the SB Nation NFL blogs, and there is some fun content going around. Unfortunately, the game ranked number one on this list has this writer a bit triggered.

Safe sealed for 40 years until museum visitor spins the dial | CBC News
Professional safecracker? No, the guy who randomly opened the safe was just a local machinist who either got incredibly lucky or has a touch with locks that he never realized.