Packers Secondary Looks To Improve in 2017

In 2016, the Green Bay Packers pass defense was atrocious, ranking second to last in the NFL. If you played fantasy football, and your quarterback or wide out was matched against Green Bay, they got the start that week.  Game after game opposing quarterbacks would have their way with Green Bay’s secondary, averaging 269 yards per game. The young injury plagued secondary created deficits even Aaron Rodgers couldn’t overcome.  Heading into 2017, Green Bay knew they had to make moves to improve their secondary.

The Packers took proper advantage of the draft and free agency, drafting stud cornerback Kevin King, and signing a familiar face and veteran in Devon House. Green Bay is hoping these moves along with a few shifts in the lineup will be the answer to they’re pass defense problems.  This is what the Green Bay Packers cornerback depth chart should look like starting week one.

 Right Cornerback Position:

  1. Damarious Randall
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Randall; who’s listed at 5’11” 196lbs, is heading into his third year with the Green Bay Packers.  In 2015, Randall made his presents known recording 58 tackles and three interceptions through 15 games.  He also managed to record 14 pass deflections.  Randall followed that up in 2016 with 39 tackles, nine pass deflections, and 3 interceptions over 10 games.  If Green Bay is looking to improve its secondary, they must start here.  Damarious Randall is a playmaking corner that can create turnovers and make big tackles when needed most.  With Aaron Rodgers on the other side of the ball, the more turnovers the Packers can create the better.  Therefore, Randall   should get the start at this position.

  1. Quinten Rollins

Rollins is set to make his regular season return to the field after his scary neck injury against the Lions last season.  Rollins is also looking to bounce back from having surgery on his groin, which was a lingering issue in 2015 as well as 2016.  Rollins is a two year pro also heading into his 3rd year with Green Bay. Rollins is just two lbs lighter than Randall (194lbs) but the same exact height (5’11”).  In 2015, Rollins played 14 games recording 31 tackles two interceptions and six pass deflections.  Last season, Rollins played 13 games and logged 41 tackles with one interception and eight pass deflections.  Green Bay expects big things from him this season as he’ll look to recover and improve his play this year.

  1. Josh Hawkins

Josh Hawkins is heading into his sophomore season with the Packers.  Hawkins is listed at 5’10” 189lbs.  Hawkins was undrafted free agent from East Carolina. Josh didn’t see much time at the position last season however, he played 11 games and played mainly on special teams.

Left Cornerback Position:

  1. Davon House

The LCB position usually gets the most attention from the opposing team’s star receiver.  Thus, Green Bay usually plays their biggest, most physical corners on the left side of the field.  This year, the process started with the addition of the 6’0” 195lb veteran;  Davon House.  Davon House is a familiar face in Green Bay.  House played his first few seasons with the Packers logging 98 tackles, 25 pass deflections and two interceptions.  Then in 2015, House signed a four-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he recorded his best season.  House won the starting spot and registered career highs in tackles (60), pass deflections (23), and interceptions (4) over 16 games.  However, House lost the job in 2016, which led to his release and return to Green Bay.  Heading into his 7th season, Davon House is the oldest of the young corners mentioned and will be depended on for guidance for the young corners. Green Bay is hoping to see more of the Davon House from 2015.  Expect House to start week one.

  1. Ladarius Gunter

Gunter is entering his 3rd season with the Packers and is looking to build off his highs from last year.  Gunter is 6’2” 201lbs. Ladarius saw extensive time at the starter position last season due to injuries, recording 54 tackles over 16 games.  Ladarius will look to keep his role in the Packer’s defense and work his way up to a permanent starting position.

  1. Kevin King

There is no doubt King was drafted to be the future of this position.  The 6’3 200lb corner from Washington is set to make his NFL debut.  I compared King’s size and physical play to one Richard Sherman. King has struggled a bit and shown early signs of weaknesses in the preseason, (defending smaller receivers/ defending the deep ball) however King’s play has improved from game to game.  King was known as a playmaker and shut down corner for Washington, so the Packers are looking for him to be the same kind of player in Green Bay.  Therefore, barring injury, the Packers will look to slowly develop King and work him into fold.  However, with Aaron Rodgers slowly creeping up in age, the Packers are in “win now” mode.  Therefore, If King shows early improvement and the Packers secondary continues to struggle, expect Green Bay to make a splash and start the rookie sometime this year.

The Packers are heading into this season as a favorite to make another postseason run.  With a healthy Aaron Rodgers still in his prime, anything is possible.  However, with offensive juggernauts like the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints, the Packers will need their secondary to kill the injury bug and step up to have a serious shot at the Super Bowl title. The Packers are very optimistic and confident that the young bunch will step up to the plate and get the job done this upcoming season.


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