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Thursday Cheese Curds: Can Christian Kirksey finally solve inside linebacker woes?

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Already familiar with Mike Pettine's defense, the veteran linebacker could prove to be a steal if he can remain healthy

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Inside linebacker was a need that needed serious addressing this offseason and the Green Bay Packers are hoping Christian Kirksey will suit their needs.

Kirksey played under Mike Pettine when he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns so the learning curve should be short to non-existent. He will also take over wearing the defensive headset on from the departed Blake Martinez so clearly the player and the coaching staff are confident in a smooth transition.

Having played six years in Cleveland, Kirksey has never experienced a winning season as a pro and that should change in Green Bay. By stepping into a defense with established leaders like Za’Darius and Preston Smith, Kirksey will have more talent around him more than ever before.

The veteran linebacker does come with some injury concerns but the Packers obviously felt the reward outweighed the risk, especially considering how reliable Martinez was.

With coaches not able to work directly with players this spring thanks to COVID-19, the Packers are just going to have to trust Kirksey stays healthy. With the also oft-injured Oren Burks behind him, the Packers are going to have to depend on him.

There’s more on Kirksey plus how Matt LaFleur defeated a national narrative last year in today’s cheese curds.

Packers linebacker Christian Kirksey stepping into familiar role in Mike Pettine’s defense—PackersNews.com

If Kirksey can remain healthy, the Packers may have gotten a steal in the veteran. History indicates the Packers don’t hold a strong regard for the inside linebacker position but a strong 2020 from Kirksey would do wonders to change that.

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How Packers’ Matt LaFleur was ahead of curve (almost) every step of way—ESPN

“Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers can’t coexist” was the popular narrative all summer as LaFleur prepared for his first season in charge. To his credit the young coach won over the quarterback which will be key moving forward with heir apparent Jordan Love now in place.

David Bakhtiari: Year 2 Jump from Elgton Jenkins could power dominant Packers OL—Packers Wire

It’s nice to see the leader of the offensive line agree with what we all thought: Elgton Jenkins is really good and could get even better.

Rocky The Backyard Squirrel Attempts High-Wire Act For A Peanut—Huffington Post

Personally I think Rocky is a little nuts. I just hope Bullwinkle is around in case his friend falls because I don’t think he can fly anymore.