Some believe the Green Bay Packets should be concerned about their secondary. But despite the free agent losses of Tramon Williams and Davon House — the Packers defensive backfield is loaded and its depth is impressive.
Sure, there are question marks. Williams was a key player at cornerback for eight years. He helped Green Bay win a super bowl. He will be missed.
But Williams and House are replaceable and in my opinion — the Packers have done an extraordinary job filling the void.
The planning started three years ago when Casey Hayward was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has developed into one of the best slot corners in the NFL and according the Pro Football Focus he grades out as Green Bay’s best cover guy in 2014.
Hayward is more than capable of being a reliable starting corner this season and in the future. That gives the Packers Hayward and Shields to build on outside.
Then there’s Damarious Randall. He was picked by Green Bay in round one because he can cover, is versatile, can play corner in the slot or outside and also can be a safety.
Then you have Quinten Rollins, who has enormous potential after playing just one season of college football. He’s a playmaker and knows how to get his hands on the ball, which is a valuable skill set in any defense.
But beyond this year’s draft picks, the Packers also have other veterans in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Anthony Richardson, Chris Banjo and Demetri Goodson.
That gives the Packers 10, count em 10 — solid and versatile defensive backs. Six capable of playing corner in Shields, Hayward, Randall, Rollins, Goodson and Hyde and four quality safeties in Clinton-Dix, Burnett, Richardson and Banjo.
Some Packer fans may be concerned about Green Bay’s secondary, but they shouldn’t be — Green Bay is loaded with talent at corner and safety and that’s a big reason why the defense has a chance to be even better in 2015 than it was in 2014.