My biggest wish for the season is that the cornerback group stays healthy and plays well. Entering training camp, the hype was around Damarius Randall’s redemption story and incoming Kevin king, packers 1st round pick, but so far with the pads on Quinten Rollins has not only played well but he has outperformed every cornerback on the packers roster. He’s even taken over the “star” position which places him primarily in the slot. Look for him to continue playing well and keep his starting spot.
When the Packers were on the clock to select in the 2nd round, I was unaware another safety was in their plans. That pick was Safety Josh Jones out of NC State. At the time I thought “another safety” even with Morgan Burnett’s contract ending after this season and Haha’s being up in 2019. Throughout camp though, Jones hasn’t been locked down to one position, playing a linebacker/safety hybrid role. Similar to Deone Bucannon of the Arizona Cardinals. He’s also garnered some attention from fellow teammates for making flash plays. Including Mike Daniels.
I know a fullback isn’t the flashiest position but so far some would say he’s outperformed fellow fullback Arron Ripkowski. He has a certain pop when engaging defenders in blocks and also punishes them just as much as they punish him in tackling drills. We’ll see how he does in the preseason but it’ll be hard to jump Ripkowski on the depth chart.
Dean Lowry came out of college as an athletic defensive lineman with short arms, that caused him to drop into the fourth round. In his rookie year Lowry registered 2 sacks. Both coming in back to back games against Houston and Seattle. Throughout training camp Lowry has played stronger and smarter. With more playing time and a better understanding of the playbook, Lowry should be a dependable player on the line in year 2.
Justin Vogel is a punter out of Miami that has made some great punts throughout training camp but has also made some pretty bad punts as well. He’s a rookie with a higher ceiling than former Packers punters in recent years. If he can become more consistent, he will finally add confidence at the punter position.
This is Brett’s third year in the league and could potentially be his last with the Packers if he shines enough to garner trade interest from other teams. He has been on record of saying that he would like to get Green Bay a first round pick in return. If he plays to the level he’s capable of this pre-season, he should.