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Thursday Cheese Curds: Packers banking on late season improvement continuing for special teams

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Green Bay's special teams was historically awful for most of 2019 but some last season momentum provides some hope for 2020

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The special teams makeover continues for the Green Bay Packers.

Despite a new coordinator last season, special teams once again was an achilles heel. The Packers were on pace for a good chunk of the season to finish with negative punt return yardage until a savior named Tyler Ervin came along. Punter JK Scott started the season off strong before fading into the inconsistency that has marred his professional career so far.

What Green Bay did have going for them was Mason Crosby who had a career year (22-24 on field goals and 40-41 on extra points) and was re-signed very quickly before free agency was even close to starting.

With Ervin and Crosby back along with Will Redmond, along with Will Redmond who the Packers hope can be a strong return coverage man in the mold of Jarrett Bush, improvement isn’t a wish but a requirement for Green Bay’s special teams in 2020.

Otherwise coordinator Shawn Mennenga could join Shawn Slocum and Ron Zook as targets of Packers fans’ ire and could be on his way out. Somehow Matt LaFleur likely isn’t as patient as his predecessor Mike McCarthy.

Now onto today’s curds.

Offseason moves reaffirm Packers’ commitment to special teams—Packers.com

Special teams did show modest improvement late in 2019 and the trajectory must continue upward for Mennenga this coming season. In fact one could argue his seat is even hotter than that of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Packers ‘Legacy’ documentary gets wide release on Thursday—PackersNews.com

Since everyone is pretty much stuck at home, we recommend this documentary if you haven’t already seen it on some smart tv streaming services.

Packers hold virtual pre-draft meeting with Houston OT Josh Jones—Packers Wire

Green Bay likely has their eye on their right tackle of the future and Jones fits the mold. Hopefully this Josh Jones works out better than the last one.

2017 NFL Draft do-over: Mahomes to Browns; Bears skip QB—NFL.com

Spoiler: the Bears once again don’t draft Patrick Mahomes or DeShaun Watson but this time it’s because they never get the chance. As for Green Bay, it’s a running back from LSU.

Oregon Police Remind Residents: Don’t Call 911 If You Run Out Of Toilet Paper—NPR

Sometimes the headline just says it all.