2. New-look secondary
One of the top stories during preseason will be the play of the Packers’ new-look secondary.
After using their top two draft picks on the cornerback position, signing a free agent and also getting their top pick in 2017 back from injury, the Packers are hoping last year’s weakness can become this season’s strength.
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Rookies Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson will take some time to adjust to the NFL. They should get plenty of game time in Thursday’s preseason opener. They will get tested by Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews, if Matthews plays (he’s currently out due to an undisclosed injury, according to Kyle Madson of Titans Wire).
One player that won’t need too much work in preseason is Tramon Williams. The veteran is an excellent addition to the roster. Not only has he proved he is still a reliable starting cornerback, but he will also help the two rookies.
Don’t forget about Kevin King, either. He was putting together a solid rookie season before it was cut short due to injury.
New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will save his best plans for the regular season, but we’ll get a closer look at how much the secondary has improved during the preseason opener this week.