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Thursday Cheese Curds: Trevor Davis’ moment of truth has arrived

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Now that he’s being challenged at returner as well as receiver, tonight’s game is critical for the former Cal standout

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Succeeding in special teams is usually enough for a player to make a roster but eventually you’ll have to demonstrate other skills to remain on the roster.

That moment has arrived for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis. He’s made the roster the past two seasons largely on his kick return abilities and has struggled to develop as a wide receiver.

This year’s training camp has been different. Davis is still penciled in as the frontrunner for kick returner but he’s also being challenged in that role by undrafted rookie Darrius Shepherd. Thankfully for David he’s also started to make plays in the passing game but those plays have all been in practice since a stinger suffered in the joint practices with the Houston Texans kept Davis out two weeks.

Tonight he’ll finally get his chance at live game reps as a wide receiver and stake his claim in what has been a very heated battle for roster spots during training camp and the preseason.

To Davis’ credit, head coach Matt LaFleur has been singing his praises as a receiver and the rookie coach will be tempted by Davis’ speed in the passing game.

Whether or not his hands have caught up to his feet is up to Davis.

There’s more on the late entry to the wide receiver battle plus the Packers finally get a Hard Knocks appearance in today’s cheese curds.

Trevor Davis is ready to state his case—Packers.com

Davis is ready to make his run at a roster spot and a couple nice catches plus a decent return against the Oakland Raiders tonight would go a long way.

Packers preparing for some ‘Hard Knocks’ in exhibition against Raiders—PackersNews.com

It will only amount to basically a cameo but the Packers will appear on the HBO program thanks to the Raiders being the featured team. Could the Packers be a candidate to be the team in 2020? Stay tuned.

Packers pleased with Rashan Gary, regardless of what stats say (not much)—ESPN

The first of the Packers’ two first-round selections was expected to face a bit of a learning curve as he moved to outside linebacker, so his preseason stat sheet isn’t too concerning right now. If he’s gotten better by November will be indicative of how Rashan Gary’s rookie campaign has gone.

10 Packers players who need to shine vs. Raiders—Packers Wire

Aside from the aforementioned Davis, it’s interesting to see Dexter Williams and Cole Madison on this list. One is a rookie and the other is basically a rookie after missing last season dealing with personal issues. The third preseason game is where you want to see some kind of performance jump so it’ll be interesting to see Williams and Madison tonight.

Service dogs attend live musical as part of training—UPI

Word is everyone was a good boy and held their app-paws until the end.