Packers 2020 roster preview: Chandon Sullivan set for increased role

Green Bay Packers, Chandon Sullivan (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Chandon Sullivan (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Chandon Sullivan could be set for an increased role in the Packers defense.

In his first season with the Green Bay Packers, Chandon Sullivan was one of the biggest surprises on defense.

He played well and made some important plays, featuring in all 16 games in the regular season as a result.

Sullivan could now be set for a bigger role in Mike Pettine’s defense.

2019 stats

Sullivan played in all 16 games but didn’t start any. He made 30 tackles, defended six passes, and also had one interception and one forced fumble.

2019 review

Just days after he was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles last May, the Packers signed Sullivan. And it proved to be a great decision. He played just five games for the Eagles in his rookie season but ended up featuring in all 16 games for the Packers last year.

Initially, his role was almost exclusively on special teams but he played his first defensive snap in Week 4 against, of all teams, the Eagles.

Sullivan impressed in his first season with the Packers. He made some big plays throughout the season including an interception in the win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Odds of making roster: 100 percent

It’s hard to envision any scenario in which Sullivan doesn’t make the 53-man roster. Given the Packers’ lack of additions at cornerback, Tramon Williams’ departure, plus the impressive season Sullivan just had, it seems a guarantee he’ll be part of the team’s plans this year.

What to expect in 2020?

Sullivan could be the next undrafted player to have a successful career with the Packers. He’s set to replace a player who did just that in Tramon Williams, who remains unsigned.

If Williams isn’t re-signed before the start of the season, there will be an opening at the slot corner position. Sullivan would be the frontrunner to win the job.

But even after performing well last season, this would be a big step up. Sullivan didn’t start any games last season and only played on 34 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.

Sullivan will be a player to watch at training camp.