Heading into training camp, it’s worth taking a look at a few IDP position battles that have yet to be resolved. There is potential production available on the waiver wire depending on who wins each role. And knowing who’s competing in each battle will give you a leg-up when injuries inevitably occur.
Green Bay CBs
I can’t believe I’ve written three of these blurbs about CBs. That’s like putting together Kicker rankings…
Last year, Green Bay had a very banged up secondary. Expected starter Davon House played in 12 games in his return to the Frozen Tundra. Second Round rookie Kevin King was even more hampered by injury and appeared in a total of 9 games.
The offseason started with trading Damarious Randall to the Browns. The Packers then signed 35-year old Tramon Williams for a return trip to Wisconsin after spending his first nine seasons in Green Bay. Williams has experience playing under new DC Mike Pettine during Williams’ short stint in Cleveland. I’ve seen some buzz with most expecting Williams to be the CB1 on the team with some expectation of playing all over the field. Williams’ other role will be to mentor all of Green Bay’s young CBs. If everything goes according to plan, King will start across from Williams on the outside.
Green Bay solidified their secondary in the draft, taking Jaire Alexander in the 1st Round and Josh Jackson in the 2nd. For those of you keeping track at home, that makes three picks in the top two rounds in the last two years at CB. Alexander could start in the slot even as a rookie, but his upside is greater than that. NFL teams don’t draft CBs in the first round and expect them to be solely Nickel CBs. Many considered Jackson a 1st Rounder. Jackson could start earning starts later in the season, but they would have to come at the expense of either King or Williams. Williams signed a 2-year deal with Green Bay, so even though he’ll be the oldest starter at his position in the league, don’t assume he’ll be there for a year with Jackson or Alexander taking over in 2019.
With all the additions, House is now considered depth. His defensive snaps will be limited unless there’s an injury or two. Former 2nd Round pick Quinten Rollins may end up on the roster bubble considering he’s likely the 6th CB on the depth chart. He could, however, switch depth charts. Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suggested a move to Safety could solidify Rollins roster spot and potentially take some of the wear and tear off him as Rollins has never played 16 games in a season.
Do House and Williams returning bode well for a return by Casey Hayward? That would help this secondary immensely.