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Cheese Curds, 8/3: Josh Myers impresses early, Preston Smith aims for 2021 rebound

A rookie is taking control of a starting job already while a veteran pass-rusher looks to get back to form.

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

Sure, Aaron Rodgers was the storyline in Green Bay a week ago, but with him back on the field and practicing with the team, it’s time to focus on the rest of the Green Bay Packers’ roster. Early on, one of the team’s most impressive players is one of its younger members, as a rookie has been locked in on the first team since the first day of OTAs.

That player is center Josh Myers, the Packers’ second-round draft pick out of Ohio State. His selection was a bit of a surprise, with many expecting the team to move Elgton Jenkins or Lucas Patrick to center. Instead, Myers has grabbed the center job and run with it throughout all of the offseason practices and through the first week of training camp, allowing Patrick to remain at his comfortable guard spot and Jenkins to move all over the offensive line.

Indeed, if Myers locks down the center spot, Jenkins may well be the Packers’ week one starter at left tackle in place of David Bakhtiari.

On the other side of the football, the Packers brought Preston Smith back with a pay cut for 2021, and he has had a great opportunity to start camp in a good position with Za’Darius Smith sidelined. However, the offseason was a big one for Smith, who focused more on cardio and was determined to come into camp in better shape after a rough second year in Green Bay.

The pads go on for Tuesday’s practice, marking the next major step forward as the Packers head towards Family Night on Saturday and the preseason opener a week later. Keep it here at APC for updates this afternoon and join us on Twitter after practice as our Kris Burke hosts a Q&A after attending today’s session.

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