Green Bay Packers: Grading the secondary

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Tramon Williams, Morgan Burnett and the Green Bay Packers will have there hands full against Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports photograph

  • Mid-season Grade: B

At the halfway mark, I was pleasantly surprised with the way the defensive secondary was gelling.

The way was rough for rookie safety Clinton-Dix; he was credited with many whiffs and missed tackles in his first outings, but showed much promise in his physicality and ability to naturally play the ball.

Sam Shields was re-signed; however, he suffered some injury issues a few games in and missed some playing time. There wasn’t a huge drop-off in production, however … the Packers now had a depth in the secondary that was unlike previous season.

Micah Hyde was able to transition back to playing in the cornerback packages designed for both he and Casey Hayward.

Davon House was healthy and much improved from 2013. When Shields returned, he was initially benched in favor of House after giving up a ton of yardage – chalk it up to rust.

Even Morgan Burnett – who had a terrible 2013 campaign – found his groove again.

He played masterfully against the run, blew up several plays for losses and added to his sack totals. He had a particularly special game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 16.

And now, for the …

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