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Cheese Curds, 8/31: Jaguars make waves with Ngakoue trade & Fournette release

The Packers’ week 10 opponents spent the weekend getting rid of arguably their best defensive player and an offensive workhorse. Meanwhile, Mark Murphy revealed further plans to support the Packers’ voices on matters of social justice.

Minnesota Vikings v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Over the weekend, the NFL got its first real big personnel news from training camp 2020. The Jacksonville Jaguars made two moves in the past day or so that have shaken up the NFL landscape a bit — or, at the very least, they spurred some significant discussion.

The first was the decision to trade defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings. Ngakoue has recorded at least eight sacks in each of his four years, missing just one game in that span. The Jaguars gave him the franchise tag this offseason, but he refused to report for training camp, demanding that he be traded. Now he lands with one of the Packers’ divisional rivals, sure to make their pass rush more difficult to handle.

Then just a few moments ago, news broke that the Jaguars are releasing former fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette. The former LSU running back was reportedly on the trading block all offseason, but was set to carry a cap hit of $8.6 million, the fourth-highest of any running back in the NFL in 2020. That value for a player of his productivity — he posted negative DVOA results both rushing and receiving in 2019 — is silly, and his off-the-field antics surely did not help, either.

The Packers are scheduled to play the Jaguars in 2020, hosting them in week 10. Game planning for that team will be much different than it would have been before this weekend.

Before those transactions took place, however, Packers president Mark Murphy issued a statement this weekend addressing and supporting the Packers’ players in their conversations about social justice reform. Murphy outlined several specific steps the Packers are taking, which go beyond those they committed to back in June.

Take a look at Murphy’s full statement in the link below and get ready for the final week of training camp.

Vikings acquire Yannick Ngakoue in trade with Jaguars |
The Vikings added a talented and productive pass-rusher this weekend, trading for the former third-round pick and evidently convincing him to take a pay cut so the team can stay under the salary cap. The team cannot negotiate a long-term deal with him until the offseason, but this gives Mike Zimmer more pass-rush options with Everson Griffen gone to Dallas and Danielle Hunter banged up.

Jaguars waive Leonard Fournette after three seasons | ESPN
That was the first of the two big moves for the Jaguars in the past 48 hours, as they cut the former LSU star this morning. Fournette has barely averaged four yards per carry, but he did take a much more active role in the passing game last year with 100 targets and 76 receptions.

5 things learned at Packers training camp – Aug. 30 |
On Sunday, the Packers went back inside Lambeau Field for a largely unscripted scrimmage-like practice. The coaches simulated game situations with their playcalling setups, two quarterbacks (one of whom is Jordan Love) impressed, and Rashan Gary continues to look like a different player.

Mark Murphy calls on NFL owners to create change |
On Saturday, the Packers team president recorded a video statement condemning racism and announcing a new $250,000 social justice grant that the team is creating. Murphy's statement echoes what several players said on Friday that they want to hear publicly from NFL owners and leadership.

Packers to use tailgate venue as polling location for Nov. election | Packers Wire
One other item in Murphy's statement is a commitment to make the indoor Johnsonville Tailgate Village a polling place for this fall's election, joining other NFL and NBA teams in using team facilities for that purpose.

Speargun pulled during argument over parking space |
Look man, all these people wanted to do was have some tacos in peace. Just grab a different parking spot and move on with your life.