Hot contest at Packers cornerback continues
By Jude Wilbers, FOX 11 Sports
~GREEN BAY – Midway through the pre-season the battle for the cornerback spot opposite Tramon Williams remains hotly contested.
With Davon House out with a shoulder injury, its’ turned into a 3-way competition. When you talk to coaches, it seems to be a near dead heat, with the job going to who shows them the most on the field.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he’s talked with General Manager Ted Thompson multiple times about the position in recent days.
“The corner and safety position hasn’t been set yet. They need to play Thursday night and they need to play well.”
Secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr. added, “Whoever plays the best will win that job and that’s part of it. It’s who’s making play’s, who’s not making mistakes, who’s not giving up plays.”
That job according to the Packers depth chart currently belongs to Jarrett Bush. The longtime special teams ace is relishing the chance to start on defense.
“I’m definitely going to hold on tight to it. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a lifetime” said Bush. I’m definitely going to give it everything I’ve got and make the most of my opportunity and take full advantage of it.”
The other veteran in the mix, Sam Shields, has 6 interceptions on his resume in his 2 NFL seasons but inconsistent play has haunted him at times. He’s trying to improve the play he’s put on film.
“Just showing the coaches that I can tackle,” said Shields. “Just getting that trust back, that’s one of the big spots I need to keep working on so I think I’m ready for it.”
The youngest player in the mix, rookie Casey Hayward, saw extended playing time during the game against Cleveland, and thinks he’s done enough to still deserve a shot at the job.
“I think I have some things I need to clean up a couple things and I think I’ve got a shot at it but everybody’s doing well”, said Hayward in a recent locker room interview.
Defensive backs coach Joe Whitt said the final decision won’t be made on who the starter is, until it has to be. Right now he’s focused on seeing his position group get better.
“I want to see an improvement in play,” said Whitt. “I want to see a level of consistency and playing with an edge, playing with an attitude. That’s as a group. That’s not individually. That’s as a collective group.”
The coaches say the live action of gameday will go a long way in determining who’s job the corner position will be come week 1.
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