Packers: Keisean Nixon will make impact on defense and special teams

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One of many superpowers the Green Bay Packers love to utilize is versatility. Keisean Nixon provides that.

Nixon was signed by the Packers earlier this offseason after spending his first three career seasons in Las Vegas, playing under new Packers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

One of the first moves that the team made was bringing in Nixon, whose predominant position is cornerback, but he might be even more impactful on special teams.

Coaches and fans alike are also interested in finding out who the next CB will be behind the elite trio of Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, and Eric Stokes. Nixon might have the inside track at that spot.

The former South Carolina Gamecock was more of a backup CB in Las Vegas. He did appear in 40 games over his first three seasons, but with only two starts. However, Nixon has made quite the impression early on in Green Bay.

According to Zach Kruse of Packers Wire, Nixon often played snaps on the first-team defense during the team’s OTAs this offseason.

At South Carolina during his senior season in 2018, he led the team in passes defensed with nine. If he wasn’t getting first-team defense snaps, he was the next in line. So, he seems to have his foot in the door of playing that backup CB role behind the big three in front of him.

He might make an even greater impact on special teams for his old boss in Bisaccia. The Packers bringing in a veteran special teams contributor is bigger than people think. His smaller frame (5-10, 200 pounds) and 4.4 speed will allow him to get down the field faster on punt and kick coverage.

His presence will be quite the welcome sight for the Packers in 2022. Both defensively and on special teams. Bringing Keisean Nixon to Green Bay is one of those moves that will not be talked about at all by people other than those close to the Packers.

But it might just be one of those quiet moves that ends up helping Matt LaFleur’s team bring the title back to Green Bay.