Damarious Randall has been one of the most exciting young players at Green Bay Packers training camp in 2015. Yet, a groin injury has sidelined him of late, which could make Packer fans have to wait just a little longer for the debut of the team’s 2015 first-round pick.
Randall, who played safety last season at Arizona State, has been moved to cornerback in Green Bay and so far the move has gone swimmingly. Before his injury, he was getting reps in the dime defense and could very well play the role that Casey Hayward did last season, which was split snaps as the nickel defensive back with Micah Hyde.
In that position, Hayward played 43 percent of Green Bay’s defensive snaps and intercepted three passes. Randall, who has already shown his knack for making plays on the ball in camp, could put up very similar numbers this season.
Thus far, Randall has proven to everything the Packers thought he would be when they used their first-round pick on him, but the rookie is hoping to prove himself on the field, in game action, against an entirely new opponent.
“This isn’t scripted no more,” Randall said to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel of the exhibition games. “Everything in practice is normally scripted, so now we’re playing against live opponents up on a national stage. It will just kind of be great to kind of be out there and play against a different opponent.”
Yet, his playing status is not up to him, as the Packers aren’t going to risk their prized first-round selection in an exhibition game if he is less than 100 percent.
“I’m day to day,” Randall said. “We’ll just see how it’s going and take it from there.”
We will see what happens on Thursday night, but I think I speak for all Packer fans that if healthy, seeing Randall flash his play-making ability would be a welcome sight for cheeseheads everywhere.