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Cheese Curds, 3/2: Packers set to host Browns for joint practices; what’s the plan at RB?

Sure, Cleveland rocks, but Green Bay is the place to be for training camp.

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On Tuesday at the Scouting Combine, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur acknowledged that his team has an opponent lined up for joint practices again in training camp. Last year, the Packers welcomed the Houston Texans into town, but LaFleur was unwilling to name the team who will apparently be heading to Green Bay this year.

Over the weekend, however, that team was revealed in a media report, as the Cleveland Browns are expected to be heading up in August.

It’s an interesting fit, and one that is fascinating given the recent departures from Cleveland’s front office. John Dorsey, Eliot Wolf, and Alonzo Highsmith — all former Packers personnel executives — all left the Browns organization in the past few months. Who knows if this would still be happening if any or all of them were still employed, but the fact remains that two of the oldest franchises in football will be facing off on the practice field in a few months.

While that major organizational decision is out of the way, a more personnel-focused plan must go into place. LaFleur has said that he thinks the Packers need a third running back who they can trust with the football, and that player does not appear to be on the roster right now. Plus, with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams heading for free agency next year, the time may be right to invest in the position a year before it truly becomes a need.

One way to do that would be to work on a contract extension for Jones. That appears to be in the works, but the team probably still needs to draft or sign a player at tailback. Today’s curds feature one option for that that should make a certain large group of Packers fans very happy.

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