Many will question the Packers’ move to cut Peprah since there is no immediate player destined for that starting position.
Or is there?
On the first day of training camp, Charles Woodson was playing at strong safety in the Packers’ base defense throughout the day. Of course, the Packers do not use their base defense as often as other teams but it was just a sign that the Packers really are considering moving Woodson around this year in order for him to make the biggest impact possible for the team.
Last year, the Packers experimented with moving Woodson around instead of always sticking to the cornerback position. It did show to be a success with Woodson being able to make more plays by always being in the right position. Now it seems the Packers are determined to try this out for an entire season and see how much production is produced from Woodson as a result.
When Woodson was not playing the safety position on the first day of training camp, M.D.Jennings took most of the reps followed by 4th round rookie from Maine, Jerron McMillian.
Jennings was an undrafted rookie coming out of Arkansas State last year and made the Packers’ practice squad. Throughout continued improvement with the practice squad, Jennings was eventually put on the active roster and played well in his limited playing time throughout the 2011 season.
McMillian was the Packers’ 4th round choice in this year’s NFL Draft. Coming from a smaller school, Maine University, McMillian had to have a tremendous career in order to even think about being drafted in the NFL. In his two years, he started every game and was named to the All-CAA second team in 2010. He is a very fast player who can also be a ball hawk in a NFL defense.
It now appears that Jennings and McMillian will battle throughout training camp and the pre-season to see who will claim the vacant spot left by Charlie Peprah. No matter who wins the battle, though, they will not see as much time as they would expect being a starter with Woodson now being spread around the defense.