Packers: Opportunity for young cornerbacks at training camp

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

Training camp will give the Packers’ young cornerbacks a great opportunity.

The Green Bay Packers have a young secondary and there will be competition for spots when training camp gets underway.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, rookies will report to training camp next week, on July 21, and all players will have reported by July 28.

Having not re-signed Tramon Williams this offseason, there is a big opportunity for the young cornerbacks on the roster to earn a significant amount of playing time this year.

Packers’ young cornerbacks have opportunity

With Williams gone, the Packers need to replace his 761 defensive snaps. According to Pro Football Reference, Williams was on the field for 73 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last season.

We know Jaire Alexander and Kevin King are the two starting cornerbacks on the outside, but there will be competition for snaps in the slot.

It’s possible second-year safety Darnell Savage could take on a bigger role in the slot, as well as cornerback Chandon Sullivan. But this is also an opportunity for Josh Jackson to earn an increase in playing time, and for Ka’dar Hollman to take a big step from his rookie season.

For Jackson, it’s possible this is a make-or-break season for him. The former second-round pick has struggled to make much of an impact so far in his first two seasons in Green Bay, but he still has a chance to prove why many draft analysts believed he’d be a first-rounder two years ago.

The Packers will miss Williams and he’ll be difficult to replace. But Green Bay has competition at cornerback, and that’s a good thing.

My prediction is that Sullivan will take on Williams’ role in the slot, but Savage will also rotate between slot corner and safety more frequently.

What are your predictions for the Packers’ cornerbacks this season?