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Friday Cheese Curds: Jaire Alexander's best is yet to come

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The addition of veteran secondary coach Jerry Gray should help the young defensive back morph into a superstar

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After two seasons, Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander appears to be headed down the road to superstardom.

It’s up to new secondary coach Jerry Gray to help him ultimately reach that destination.

During his long career, Gray has worked with and developed players such as DeAngelo Hall, Xavier Rhodes, Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements. The Packers saw firsthand what Gray did with Winfield and Rhodes in Minnesota.

Now the veteran coach gets a player in Alexander that displays not just great ability but also tremendous exuberance. Gray’s challenge will be harnessing that energy into some truly spectacular results.

An area Alexander could use some improvement in is in generating turnovers. He led the league in dropped interceptions last year and even though he had two, can you imagine how he’d be viewed around the league right now if he had completed more?

In a Zoom call with media yesterday, Gray said he asked Alexander “where he wants to go?” If the player responds to that challenge with the same passion he’s shown so far in his career, Packers fans could be in for something really special from number 23 this season.

Now for today’s curds.

New Packers DB coach has the knowledge to get Jaire Alexander to the next level—Packers Wire

Gray brings a lot of experience to a very raw yet very talented secondary. It looks like a match made in heaven, which should mean improvement is coming if not an outright breakout year.

Nickel corner, No. 2 QB among position battles to watch— (subscription required)

With training camp still scheduled for roughly a month out, position battles are beginning to take shape and getting to see Jordan Love has to rank near the top after the Packers’ controversial pick in this spring’s draft.i

Why the Holdout of Dalvin Cook is a Double Edged Sword for the Packers—Cheesehead TV

Packers fans likely enjoyed some schadenfreude on behalf of Vikings fans with news of Dalvin Cook potentially holding out but the laughter should stop when they consider Aaron Jones’ own situation.

Who are the Packers’ greatest defenders of all time?—

A great list of a lot of great players. The number one player is probably not someone many of us expected.

Distillery recalls gin bottles mistakenly filled with hand sanitizer—UPI

Gin tastes like hand sanitizer to me anyways so I probably wouldn’t have noticed the difference.