2014 Packers: Breaking Down the Cornerbacks

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Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) intercepts the ball in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19). Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) intercepts the ball in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19). Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In this series, we take a close look at the Green Bay Packers 90-man roster on the verge of training camp and discuss each player’s chances of making the final 53.

Heading into the 2014 season, there might not be a deeper position on the Green Bay Packers roster than cornerback.

Sam Shields is a young, ascending player coming into his own at the position. Tramon Williams is a savvy veteran with plenty of playmaking ability.

Casey Hayward is back and healthy and has the potential to develop into one of the best nickel corners in the league. Last year’s top defensive rookie, Micah Hyde, is also an emerging star in the secondary and will be used in a variety of ways on defense.

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) celebrates after intercepting a pass during the second quarter of a NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) celebrates after intercepting a pass during the second quarter of a NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Veterans Jarrett Bush and Davon House offer depth and competition, and rookie sixth-round pick, Demetri Goodson, is an intriguing player with plenty of athletic pedigree.

If the Packers defensive backs can stay healthy this season, they have a chance of being one of the better cornerback groups in the NFL, in my opinion.

However, I know that’s a big “IF” considering the injuries that have hit this team the past few seasons. Key contributors, like Hayward, will also have to prove they can return back to playing form after missing a chunk of time last year.

I get the sense the Packers are really going to get after the quarterback this season, but for them to send the heat, they need the secondary that can hold their own downfield.

 

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