The Green Bay Packers open training camp next week. Time to look at each position on Mike McCarthy’s team. Next up are the cornerbacks.
With the summer comes the anticipation of another NFL season. For the Green Bay Packers, it begins in earnest on July 26 when both rookies and veterans report to training camp. It’s been quite a run for Mike McCarthy’s club. In 2016, they won the NFC North for the fifth time in six seasons and have now reached the postseason eight consecutive years.
Here we are in the midst of a series which will look at the Packers’ various positions and how they stack up heading into camp. We have already previewed the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and offensive line. Meanwhile, we have already looked at the defensive line, as well as both the outside and inside linebackers. Next up is the cornerback corps.
If you include the team’s three-game postseason run in 2016, the Green Bay Packers allowed 40 touchdown passes in 19 contests. Dom Capers’ defensive unit also allowed the second-most aerial yards in the league a year ago.
General manager Ted Thompson traded out of the first round and was still able to land University of Washington cornerback Kevin King. He’ll vie with Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Davon House for substantial playing time. Three-year pro Demitri Goodson is in the mix again as well. Meanwhile, it was Ladarius Gunter that led all Green Bay cornerbacks with 54 tackles and 12 passes defensed.
But what the Packers really need when it comes to this position is some sustained health. Along with running back, no group on the club was bitten harder by the injury bug. It was far too easy for opposing passing attacks to flourish vs. the Green Bay Packers this past year. With a little more luck in terms of health, this could be a solid group.
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