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Cheese curds, 6/7: Packers DL Kenny Clark starting to gain recognition

The name Kenny Clark might not register with many non-Packers fans, but his play has earned him more shine from the media.

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Interior defensive linemen like the Green Bay PackersKenny Clark tend not to garner much attention. Their stat lines rarely include many sacks or tackles as their teams primarily deploy them as space eaters first and pass rushers second. So while Clark established himself as the Packers’ top overall defender, he remains relatively unknown outside of Green Bay.

That narrative has begun to flip, however.

Packers’ Kenny Clark was NFL’s best pass-rushing DL against centers in 2018 | Packers Wire

Though a narrow slice of Clark’s overall contributions to the defense, his dominance against centers earned high praise from Pro Football Focus this past season. He earned the publication’s top pass-rushing grade as a 0- or 1-technique (lined up directly over the center or shaded to the shoulder, respectively) as well as the No. 2 mark against the run when lined up in those positions.

Packers OTAs: Matt LaFleur is hobbling, WR spots are up for grabs, Aaron Rodgers reminisces about Bart Starr | The Athletic

Of the multiple notes in this column, it appears the Packers have given Natrell Jamerson and Will Redmond opportunities at safety. Jamerson played safety extensively during his college career at Wisconsin, so the cross-training makes sense. In either case, the players could make more compelling cases for themselves if they prove capable at multiple spots in the secondary.

Are the Packers’ properly maximizing Aaron Rodgers’ prime? | Sporting News

This question has long served as the main point of contention among fans and critics who see Aaron Rodgers’ all-world talent and notice he has only one championship. This particular critique comes from Jeff Diamond, a former Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans front-office executive.

Got next? Packers’ hoops court not crowded after Matt LaFleur injury | ESPN

Unsurprisingly, the Packers’ players and coaches haven’t seen much action on the team’s basketball court since head coach Matt LaFleur ruptured his Achilles playing last week. That includes several of Green Bay’s known hoops aficionados like Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham. Though those players probably miss their time on the court, they would look awfully foolish if they suffered an injury after LaFleur’s Achilles tear.