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Cheese Curds, 7/6: Packers have no shortage of breakout candidates in 2021

AJ Dillon remains primed for an expanded role combined with a step forward in his own game.

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When the Green Bay Packers take the field to start their 2021 training camp, the biggest question they face will be whether Aaron Rodgers will join the rest of the team. But there are plenty of other questions for this team to answer this summer, including which young players will carve out roles and opportunities to have breakout seasons.

There are no shortage of breakout candidates on this team, of course. Many of Brian Gutekunst’s recent draft picks appear to be on the verge of big seasons, with a certain second-year running back among them.

But what truly makes a breakout player? Is it unexpected production or just taking a major step forward year-over-year? Give us your breakout definition and your likely breakout candidates in the comments.

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