It’s an important summer for Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins.
When the Green Bay Packers let Tramon Williams and Davon House walk in free agency three years ago, they turned to draft picks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, who Ted Thompson selected in the opening two rounds.
Shortly after Brian Gutekunst took over as GM this offseason, he traded Randall to the Cleveland Browns.
What’s next for Rollins?
Playing in just six games, Rollins made 19 tackles and recovered two fumbles, but failed to record an interception for the first time in his career.
It’s difficult to review Rollins’ season as he missed so much time due to injury. After playing in six games, Rollins suffered a torn Achilles and was placed on injured reserve.
Odds of making roster: 50 percent
Right now it’s up in the air. The Packers have added talent at cornerback, from veteran Tramon Williams to high draft picks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. As Rollins continues his recovery from injury, the Packers will be hoping he can return and play at a high level. It’s far from a guarantee that the former second-round pick makes the 53-man roster.
Rollins has to stay healthy. In three seasons with the Packers, Rollins has never played all 16 games. In that time, he’s missed 15 regular season games and played in just 33.
Coming back from a torn Achilles isn’t easy. In fact, it could be one of the toughest injuries for a cornerback to return from.
Rollins is entering a contract year, so even if he makes the 53-man roster, he’ll need to play at a high level and stay healthy to earn a new contract.
Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes a move to safety could be in Rollins’ future, and it could be a good call:
"“Which raises the question of whether the Packers would consider converting Rollins, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, to safety, a move that could potentially give him a better chance of making the team and also minimize the effect of any reduction in speed or quickness as a result of the torn Achilles.”"
It could be the perfect move for Rollins.
Whether he plays at cornerback or safety, let’s hope Rollins returns to 100 percent, and can help make the Green Bay Packers secondary better working with new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.