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Two players on offense lost weight this season while the defense looks to fix its biggest problem from last season.

Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason was one of reshaping and reimagining for the Green Bay Packers.

While several of the team’s players focused on bulking up and adding muscle this spring and summer — think of defensive linemen Dean Lowry and Kenny Clark, among others — a few players were spending their time slimming down. One such player was rookie wideout DeAngelo Yancey, who had to burn off a few extra pounds that he put on during the grind of traveling and interviewing with teams leading up to the NFL Draft this April.

While that was going on, the Packers’ coaching staff was hard at work trying to fix one of the most significant problems that plagued the team’s defense last season. A goal of all defenses is to limit the number of explosive plays it allows; this is no different for the Packers, and that is the focus for the team this summer. Changing personnel groupings is just one way to do it, and today’s Curds feature a look at one example of the team tweaking the lineup in an effort to limit opposing offenses.

Packers’ defense must take the ‘explosive’ out of ‘explosive gains’ – ESPN
Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt is on a mission to prevent the kind of big plays that crushed the defense last season, and he has a simple mantra for this season: “If the quarterback and cornerbacks play well, we’ll win.”

Damarious Randall seeks redemption as Packers’ ‘star’ cornerback |
Is Randall the man in the slot because he’s the right man for the job, or is it because he’s being beaten out by Quinten Rollins for a starting job on the outside?

Renewed focus paying dividends for DeAngelo Yancey |
Yancey had a quiet spring, but he showed up in a big way on Monday when he caught a deep pass from Aaron Rodgers when playing on the scout team. This came after Yancey slimmed down significantly during the summer, dropping around 10 pounds from 228 to around 218.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports

One month to go, folks.

On July 27th — exactly 30 days from today — the Green Bay Packers will report for training camp to begin their 2017 season in earnest. The 90 members of the offseason roster have their work cut out for them, as they look to improve upon last year’s final result – a loss in the NFC Championship Game.

At least one Packers rookie, however, is making his offseason home in Green Bay. That player is Montravius Adams, and he has an admirable reason for doing so. You may remember that Adams was drafted just hours after his girlfriend gave birth to his son, Montravius Jr. He’s now focusing not just on football, but on being a terrific father to his son.

Other young players have other focuses, of course. Adams’ fellow rookie, running back Jamaal Williams, is preparing for the cold weather that awaits him several months from now. Second-year pro Dean Lowry is looking to build on some nice production late in the year.

Each of the 90 players on the roster has his own story during the summer break, and we’ll learn about more of them over the next month. But get ready, because camp is only a month away.

Focused on football and fatherhood |
Third-round rookie Montravius Adams didn’t have a father figure growing up, something that influences his life as a new dad. Adams moved his girlfriend and newborn son up to Green Bay immediately after rookie camp, determined to not let his new pro football career keep him from being the father that he wants to be.

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Rookie season heated up in December for Packers’ fourth-round defensive lineman

GREEN BAY – If the proverbial light bulb went on for Dean Lowry in the first December game of his rookie season, it got noticeably brighter the following week.

A fourth-round draft pick getting a handful of snaps on the defensive line here and there most of last year, Lowry suddenly showed up big in Week 13 vs. Houston.

He powered through two blockers to bring down QB Brock Osweiler for his first NFL sack. Three defensive series later, he got into the backfield again and batted down an Osweiler pass.

The impact provided a boost to both his confidence and his playing time, and one week later against Seattle, he played his best game. Involved in a season-high 34 defensive snaps, he recorded four tackles, including his second career sack, this time of a scrambling Russell Wilson.

If those two performances are any indication of what’s to come for the 6-6, 296-pounder from Northwestern, the Packers’ defense should have much more than just another rotational player in 2017.

“That Seattle game really showed I could play out there,” Lowry said, when asked for his top rookie moment as the Packers’ wrapped up their offseason program earlier this month. “I got a lot of good reps that game, some good pass-rush reps out there. I got my second sack that game.”

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GREEN BAY – The computer screen was his classroom. Back in California, it was Kenny Clark’s primary means of communication with the happenings at 1265 Lombardi Ave.

Together with fellow Packers rookie Dean Lowry, Clark spent last spring’s organized team activities getting introduced to his new team and defensive line coach, Mike Trgovac, through a medley of Skype sessions and conference calls.

It wasn’t ideal, but it’s what was available due to a rule prohibiting rookies from participating in the offseason program until their school is out of session. In Clark’s case, that meant waiting until UCLA released for the summer to return to Green Bay and officially begin his NFL career.

A lot has changed since the online classes. Clark is now a veteran of 19 games (including playoffs), but at only 21 years old, he still has most of his development ahead of him.

When he returned to Green Bay in April for this year’s offseason program, Clark made it a point to get the most out of every rep, every lift and every second spent at Lambeau Field.

“It’s exciting. It’s like another spring ball in college,” Clark said. “I missed those reps last year in the springtime, so I’m just excited about every snap that I get here. Right now, practices are much slower and (we’re) getting a lot of time for them to really teach us things.”

Clark’s first NFL season was eye-opening. He didn’t turn 21 until last October, becoming the youngest Packers player to appear in a season opener since 1930 when future Pro Football Hall of Famer Arnie Herber took the field for the first time.

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