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Cheese Curds, 8/26: Raven Greene, step right up

With Josh Jones gone and multiple linebackers injured, Greene is going to see a ton of snaps in week one and beyond.

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On Sunday, a roster transaction made official what has been apparent since the start of training camp: the Green Bay Packers have a major role in mind for second-year safety Raven Greene.

Following the team’s release of former second-round draft pick Josh Jones, Greene is set to be the team’s primary dime linebacker when defensive coordinator Mike Pettine lines up a safety in that spot. This was something that had been coming for a while — Greene took the first reps in that position once rookie Darnell Savage returned to practice in the starting free safety spot early in camp. But Jones’ departure locks in Greene, an undrafted second-year pro, into that spot.

Meanwhile, he will probably get additional snaps due to the team’s injury issues at the WILL linebacker spot. Oren Burks and Curtis Bolton, the top two options, are both out indefinitely with shoulder and knee injuries, respectively. That opens the door even further for Greene to take hold of a position that will effectively be a starting spot early in the season.

It’s easy to root for Greene, who went through some injury issues after having an impressive run at safety in the preseason and in a few regular season games a year ago. Now it’s on him to validate the Packers’ faith in him by playing well.

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