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Launching Point? Special Teams Start Strong

RB Brandon Jackson (Mark Duncan/AP)

From Mason Crosby to the punters to Brandon Jackson, Shawn Slocum's units impressed during Saturday's Family Night Scrimmage. The promising results come as coach Mike McCarthy has placed a larger emphasis on the kicking and return units this summer.

If the Green Bay Packers' special teams make a difference this season — you know, the good kind of difference — the takeoff point very well could wind up being Saturday's Family Night Scrimmage. Mason Crosby split the uprights, unlike last season. The punters kicked the ball high and far, unlike last season. The returners caught the ball and found running room, unlike last season. Special...

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