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Cheese Curds, 6/21: The NFL’s long, quiet summer begins

Camp in Green Bay will be strange without bike rides, but it would be a lot stranger without Aaron Rodgers as well. The actual important date for his status is just over five weeks from now.

NFL: JUL 31 Packers Training Camp Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Five weeks from Tuesday, most of the NFL’s teams will start their training camps for the 2021 season. This year’s camps will look very different from those in 2020 — there should be a fan presence, players and coaches will be able to interact more closely (at least those who are vaccinated against the coronavirus), and preseason games will be back, with stadiums mostly at full capacity.

In Green Bay, one of the Packers’ most cherished traditions will still be off the table, as the rule against contact between players and fans means that the traditional bike rides to practice will not be allowed. Still, it will be much closer to normal than last season, and most people around the NFL are pleased as a result.

With offseason workouts concluded, there remain plenty of unanswered questions around the league and in Green Bay. Obviously, Aaron Rodgers’ status is the biggest one for the Packers, and is arguably so for the league at large. Expect to hear plenty more about the situation in the next five weeks leading up to the July 27th report date — that’s when we should know for sure just how deeply the QB remains entrenched in his stance about not playing for the Packers again.

Over the next five weeks of down time, we at Acme Packing Company will get underway with our annual breakdown of the best plays from last season and we’ll take a deep dive into the roster and make our 53-man predictions in the next few weeks as well.

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