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Cheese Curds, 8/2: Packers’ wide receiver battle is shaping up to be a good one

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The fight for the last few spots on the Packers’ 53-man roster may be even more difficult than usual this year.

NFL: JUL 25 Packers Training Camp Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Perhaps no position on the Green Bay Packers’ roster is more interesting in 2019 than the wide receiver group. With just one established star on the team in Davante Adams and far more players than the team can carry into the regular season, there will definitely be some painful roster cuts coming at the end of August.

Obviously, it’s far too early to know where the bubble battle stands at this point. The team has only practiced in full pads a few times, and preseason games have not yet begun. Still, the next few weeks will determine what group of five, six, or seven players go into the regular season having jobs and if any others find a spot on the practice squad.

Adams is a stud; that much is certain. It certainly looks like the Packers have established a hierarchy at the numbers two, three, and four spots as well. But behind that group? It’s a free-for-all, with every player bringing different strengths and skills to the competition.

Don’t forget about a disappointment from last year’s rookie class, either, as a certain fourth-round pick has been making some noise this week. Still, all bets are off until the games begin.

Packers camp notes: Aaron Rodgers impressed with receiver competition early | Packers Wire
After the Packers' big four guys in Adams, Allison, MVS, and EQ, Rodgers called out Allen Lazard, Jake Kumerow, and others for having nice starts to camp. As Adams said earlier this week, this is shaping up to be one of the toughest cut-downs at receiver in recent memory.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling determined to become an ‘all-around receiver’ | Packers.com
However, MVS is not on the bubble; if anything, he looks like the best bet to be the team's WR2. His workouts with Randy Moss in the offseason, his study habits with the playbook, and of course his size and speed have given him a leg up on the competition at this point.

J’Mon Moore putting himself back in the thick of wide-open wide receiver competition | Packersnews.com
Forget about Moore at your own peril. Before camp, APC left him off our roster prediction, but he certainly has the talent to make the team. He has seemingly put together a few nice practices recently, and the real test will come next week when preseason games begin.

Pass Interference Challenge Passes First Test in Hall of Fame Game | SI.com
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio jokingly promised to make the first challenge of a pass interference call in NFL history on Thursday, and he delivered. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the play was not overturned and live moved on.

Gordon's agent requests Chargers trade star RB | ESPN
If Gordon were willing to play out his contract, I'd call the Chargers and offer a fifth-round pick for him. But to acquire him and give him a new contract, when he has already reportedly turned down the Chargers' offer of $10 million per year? No thanks.

Finally, we have fans at a Baltimore Orioles game doing something that’s much more fun than watching the Orioles: playing with their dog. But for Pete’s sake, just give that pupper his hot dog already!