Packers: Matt LaFleur has high praise for young secondary

Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had high praise for the secondary.

The Green Bay Packers‘ secondary was one of the strengths of the defense last season, and it has the potential to be even stronger in 2020.

With Jaire Alexander and Kevin King leading the way at cornerback, and Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage forming a strong starting duo at safety, Green Bay has a great combination of talent and youth.

Speaking with reporters after Tuesday’s practice, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur praised the secondary.

“First of all, we’ve got a pretty talented defensive back room,” LaFleur said. “There’s a lot of competition there. You look at our starters, in particular, I feel as good about that group as any in the National Football League.”

“They’ve still got to go out there and do it on a daily basis, but they’re guys who love to compete, they’re young and they’re hungry.”

At cornerback, Chandon Sullivan looks set to take over Tramon Williams’ role and he’s been impressive so far. According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, both Sullivan and Josh Jackson impressed with pass-breakups against the first-team offense on Tuesday.

Jackson, in particular, has a lot to prove this year, but that’s encouraging.

Another player who has been impressive early on is safety Vernon Scott. According to Pete Dougherty of Packers News, Scott had a couple of pass breakups during Monday’s team drills. When talking about Scott, LaFleur said, “He definitely has great instincts, and we expect him to be a playmaker”.

The Packers already have good depth at safety behind starters Amos and Savage, with Raven Greene back from injury, along with Will Redmond. If Scott can continue to impress and make the 53-man roster, the secondary will be even stronger.

There are certainly questions still to be answered and it’s early on in training camp, but there are encouraging signs that the secondary can be even better this season. As LaFleur said, they’re young and they’re hungry.