4 Packers players facing an uphill battle at 2021 training camp

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Green Bay Packers, Josh Jackson
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Josh Jackson, CB

Possibly the best news for Josh Jackson this offseason is that the Packers have a new defensive coordinator. Jackson didn’t have many opportunities under Mike Pettine over the past couple of years, so a new system might suit him better. But there is more competition at the position as the Packers have drafted two cornerbacks and re-signed Kevin King.

Jackson started all five games that King missed through injury last season, but once King was back in the lineup, Jackson played a total of just three defensive snaps the rest of the year, according to Pro Football Reference.

With Green Bay drafting Eric Stokes in the first round, there will be even more competition for snaps on the outside at cornerback. Jaire Alexander, King, and Stokes will likely be the top three entering 2021, and he will also face competition from Ka’dar Hollman, who played more snaps than Jackson late last season.

Other players who could make the 53-man roster at cornerback are Stanford Samuels and Kabion Ento.

Jackson was a second-round pick in 2018 but has been a backup for the past two seasons. With the Packers strengthening the depth at cornerback this past spring, Jackson faces an uphill battle at training camp.