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Key players for this week will be those taking on more responsibility while the Packers heal.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

We at Acme Packing Company know that last week was rough. We’ve discussed it ad nauseum and injuries seem to just be as continuous as ever. Let’s find some bright side here and talk about the potential impact that some key players can have to help secure the Packers a win against Cincinnati.

Quinton Dial

Dial is listed behind Mike Daniels on the depth chart and could be looking at some extra reps during the game Sunday. Daniels is listed as doubtful so Dial or Kenny Clark will have a spotlight on them to take over the defensive line. The Bengals haven’t been able to score a touchdown in the first 2 weeks and I anticipate that they will be desperate to find the endzone.

The Bengals have allowed 8 sacks so far on the season and their line play isn’t getting any stronger. Dial is a strong run defender and can help eat up blockers inside so the pass rushers can do some damage.

Kevin King

Sticking on defense, Kevin King could be in for a bigger role in this game and in the future. King was able to put in pretty good reps against Atlanta’s Julio Jones last week. Matt Ryan was 0-4 when targeting Jones with King covering him. The Packers may need Kevin King to use his large 6’3” frame to help put the clamp on the Bengals’ A.J. Green.

Like Jones, Green is another big wide receiver that commands a lot of targets and attention. New offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, may target A.J. in the offense early and often with redzone target, Tyler Eifert, and speedster, John Ross out.

Ahmad Brooks

Sticking on the defensive side of the ball, I’m looking at Ahmad Brooks. It’s unknown how long linebacker Nick Perry will be recovering from his recent hand surgery. Brooks, who missed the game against Atlanta with a concussion, is technically listed as Clay Matthews’ back up, but I don’t anticipate that keeping from Dom Capers sliding him over to the opposite side.

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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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The Green Bay Packers defensive line and linebackers were not spectacular last season, but they were solid thanks to guys like Nick Perry and Mike Daniels. And now the group knows where they stand against the rest of the NFL.

Pro Football Focus ranked every NFL team’s defensive front seven and the Packers were placed right in the middle of the pack at No. 16. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Packers.

The Packers lack a difference-maker at linebacker, and saw a huge dip in production from Clay Matthews last season. The interior looks to be in good shape with the consistently solid Mike Daniels finishing last season as the ninth best interior defender, while Kenny Clark had the best run stop percentage (8.8) of all 3-4 rookie defensive ends. Nick Perry looks to build on a season that earned him a new five-year contract, in which he led all 3-4 outside linebackers with a 12.4 run stop percentage.

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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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