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Cheese Curds, 5/5: NFL loses a legend, Packers’ rookies face tough battles for playing time

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The winningest coach in league history has passed away. Meanwhile, the second-winningest franchise in league history looks ahead to some exciting battles in training camp (whenever that happens).

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No jobs are guaranteed. In fact, none of the Green Bay Packers’ nine draft picks in 2020 even looks to have a strong opportunity to start at his position to open his rookie season.

However, that does not mean that this year’s draft class cannot have an immediate impact in its first year. The Packers will surely work second-round pick AJ Dillon and third-rounder Josiah Deguara into the mix on offense early on — even as they sit behind Aaron Jones and Jace Sternberger on the depth chart — and special teams will as always be a pathway to more playing time on defense.

As the Packers and the rest of the NFL continue with virtual offseason meetings, however, the league received some sad news on Monday. Don Shula, the legendary coach of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins, passed away at the age of 90. Shula holds the record for most wins by a head coach in NFL history, and was a massively influential presence in the league for decades.

Here’s what’s going on around Green Bay and the NFL today.

Dolphins Hall of Fame coach Don Shula dies at 90 | ESPN
Shula's illustrious career ended with the NFL's career record for most wins, three NFL championships, two Super Bowl titles in six appearances, and four AP coach of the year awards. Perhaps most impressively, his teams were below .500 for an entire season only twice in his 33-year career.

Position competitions awaiting Packers’ top draft picks | Packers Wire
Every one of the Packers' draft picks will be in a tough fight for a position on the depth chart. But that also means that there are battles coming for the incumbents as well, with names like Tim Boyle, Jamaal Williams, and Oren Burks needing to fend off the newcomers.

Packers weighing all their options at nickel cornerback | Packers.com
While the Packers did not draft a true cornerback, seventh-round pick Vernon Scott could play in the slot a bit. That said, Chandon Sullivan looks like capable of taking on an even bigger workload in his second year with the team, while Josh Jackson looks to finally make an impact in his third year.

In right tackle battle, don't discount Jon Runyan Jr. | Packer Report
Many here at APC expected the Packers to draft a tackle early. The only plyaer they selected with experience on the outside of the offensive line is Runyan, who is being called a guard for now. But there are reasons to think he should be in the mix at tackle as well, either as a swing backup or even as a potential starter on the right side.

So what are the chances of Jordan Love being a winning NFL quarterback? | Packersnews.com (subscription)
According to Pete Dougherty, 28 of the last 48 first-round quarterbacks qualify as busts, with 14 of the 20 taken outside the top ten falling into that category.

Auditor: Brett Favre received welfare money for no-show speeches | AP.com
A nonprofit group is being accused of taking a little over a million dollars from the federal welfare program and paying it to Favre for speaking engagements that he never performed. It's one of numerous questionable payments in the Mississippi state auditor's findings regarding misuse of $94 million in welfare funds in the state. Favre is not specifically the subject of the probe, however, which focuses more on alleged improper distribution of the funds by the state's Departmant of Human Services.

Man released from jail after bashing Fringe performer with ukulele in Rundle Mall - ABC News
The most important part is that the man who was assaulted is known as "Banana Man" and was wearing a pencil costume when the crime took place.