The Green Bay Packers have many strengths as they get set to open the 2016 NFL season — one of the biggest, is a talented and versatile secondary.
For years, the secondary was a bit of a weakness in Green Bay. The team struggled to have good players at both safety and corner. But now, at every position, the Packers have a talented player either in or about to enter his prime.
At corner, Sam Shields, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, along with Ladarius Gunter and Josh Hawkins, give the Packers a slew of skilled cover guys.
Shields is lightning quick and Gunter is also big at 6-1. Randall and Rollins have backgrounds at safety and both can make plays on the ball and tackle.
At safety, Haha Clinton-Dix is a star. He could be an All-Pro in short order. Morgan Burnett is also solid. And he may even see time at linebacker in a hybrid role, which could offer a solution to the Packers’ problems of covering the tight end.
When talking about hybrids, there are few better than Micah Hyde, who can play safety and all three spots at corner if needed, although his ideal position is the slot.
Then you have Kentrell Brice and Marwin Evans, two rookies with blazing speed and hard-hitting mentalities. Both can cover man-to-man and could, at some point, earn some time in sub packages with their coverage skills and ability to play in the box.
Pro football is a different game. It relies more on athletes and the passing game than ever before. In previous years, the Packers were ill-equipped to deal with these challenges, but not anymore.
The Packers secondary has a chance to be as good as any in pro football and shutting down the Jaguars’ explosive passing game would show just how close that statement is to being true.