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Wednesday Cheese Curds: Raven Greene earning recognition while Aaron Rodgers strikes back

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Greene played well on special teams last season and is earning chances on defense in Josh Jones’ absence

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.”

Perhaps no phrase rings more true in the National Football League.

With Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones staying away from organized team activities (OTAs) in hopes of being traded, the door is open for fellow safeties Raven Greene and Mike Tyson (not that one. We see you in the comments, Evander Holyfield).

As for Greene, you should know who the heck he is. Greene was signed last season as an undrafted free agent and made his way up the depth chart last season in the wake of HaHa Clinton-Dix being traded to Washington. He made a name for himself on special teams and made a brilliant play on a fake punt in the game against the Miami Dolphins. He showed flashes in coverage and despite a dumb penalty in Seattle, improved overall as the year went on. He’s definitely in play for a roster spot while Jones, even if he showed up, was solidly on the bubble despite being a 2017 second round pick.

Tyson is the more unknown commodity as he signed in Green Bay this spring after spending last season with the Houston Texans. He was on the active roster starting in October before he was placed on injured reserve before the wild card round.

There’s more on the two safeties taking advantage of Jones’ absence and Aaron Rodgers fires back at his fellow beer drinking quarterbacks in today’s cheese curds.

Josh Jones’ absence opens door at safety for holdover Raven Greene, newcomer Mike Tyson—PackersNews.com

The situation with Jones is no closer to being resolved so until then, Greene and Tyson will get their shot and their reps. Greene almost certainly would lock up a roster spot should Jones be moved.

Matt LaFleur adjusting his routine after surgery—Packers.com

Matt LaFleur’s ability to adapt is being tested even before training camp and given his humor before his press conference yesterday (he asked reporters if they “are ready to roll before taking questions) he should adapt just fine.

Aaron Rodgers teases Matt LaFleur, fires back at beer-chugging NFL QBs—Packers Wire

If Rodgers’ ribbing is any indication, the partnership with LaFleur is off to a promising start. As for the beer chugging, I agree with Rodgers. Congrats, NFL. You finally found something your QB is better at than ours.

Rams RB Todd Gurley won’t be ‘bell cow’ going forward—NFL.com

Sad news for LaFleur’s former running back. Gurley overcame a gruesome college injury to excel in the NFL only to see his effectiveness abbreviated by arthritis developing in his surgically repaired knee.

Doctor finds spider nesting inside patient’s ear—UPI

Not for the squeamish, but don’t be surprised if you see this woman crawling walls in Vietnam.