By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on July 11, 2014
Training camp is right around the corner for the Green Bay Packers, a team looking to re-surface as a Super Bowl contender after an up-and-down 2013 campaign. Here are five storylines to monitor this summer in regards to Mike McCarthy's team.
JC Tretter is expected to open training camp as the starting center, but he's an essential rookie after breaking his leg during last summer's camp. Thus, he's no sure bet to replace Evan Dietrich-Smith, who signed with the Buccaneers in free agency. If Tretter doesn't pan out, fifth-round pick Corey Linsley will likely be next in line.
The Packers nabbed Fresno State receiver Davonte Adams in the second round of May's draft, hoping to fill the void left by James Jones. Some in-hose options may fill it before Adams does, however. Cracking the rotation will be difficult for the rookie, as Jarrett Boykin, in particular, won't be easy to pass on the depth chart.
As for first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, starting immediately is a real possibility. But Micah Hyde may have something to say about that if he isn't moved to cornerback. Clinton-Dix seemingly has the range to be the true center fielder Green Bay covets, but Hyde has a year of experience under his belt after flashing potential as a versatile defensive back in 2013.
GM Ted Thompson reportedly had interest in replacing Brad Joned with the club's first-round pick in May, but when Ryan Shazier and C.J. Mosley came off the board before the Packers' choice, he addressed the secondary instead. Jones' replacement could already be on the roster, though. Jamari Lattimore was arguably the better player in 2013, especially against the run, and could jump Jones for the starting spot with an impressive training camp.
Andrew Quarless projects as the starter at tight end for Green Bay by default. He has the most experience at the position, with 10 starts in 2013, but he's yet to solidify himself. It's tough to identify a legitimate challenger to his spot, though, which brings up another problem: Green Bay needs to find a reliable No. 2 as well. Third-round pick Richard Rodgers would offer the Packers a huge boost by expediting his development.
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