Green Bay Packers: Five players to watch in preseason

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Cornerback Quinten Rollins
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Cornerback Quinten Rollins /
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GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 11: Quinten Rollins
GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 11: Quinten Rollins /

Quinten Rollins

The Packers secondary this past season was a laughingstock. For 16 regular season games and three playoff games the defensive backfield routinely exposed the team’s glaring weakness. After adding Davon House in free agency and drafting Kevin King and Josh Jones, the Packers appeared to have overhauled the position enough to improve it considerably, but Quinten Rollins is the player to watch.

The third year pro is coming off a disappointing sophomore campaign. Injuries and poor technique plagued him all season and was a contributing factor to a porous secondary. So far in training camp, Rollins has been a standout. His ball skills, rangy coverage, and hard-hitting are bringing back flashes of his days at Miami(OH) where he impressed Ted Thompson enough to use a second-round pick on him. The Packers desperately need him to step up along with Damarious Randall this coming year.

Rollins’ time on the field will have to be earned. House, King and Randall will all be ahead of him on the depth chart at the start of the season, while the experienced LaDarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson sit right there with him. His scary neck injury in Week 17 against the Lions left the Packers asking anybody on the sidelines if they wanted to put a helmet on and play cornerback, but finally the team has better depth at the position.