While the Packers feel good about their cornerback depth – especially because 2015 top picks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins have bounced back with solid training camps after disastrous seasons last year – there’s still some uncertainty as to who’ll be the final corners to make the cut, as well as which ones will be at the top of the rotation when the Sept. 10 regular-season opener against Seattle kicks off.
It appears veteran Davon House, who has yet to play in a preseason game because of an early-camp hamstring injury, will be one of the outside starters, but beyond that, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt will have to figure which configuration is the best. Rollins or rookie top pick Kevin King could get the nod on the other side, while Rollins, Randall and LaDarius Gunter have all worked inside at the slot (or “star”) position.
“It’s not going to be difficult. The guys that we deem the best to play will play. That’s how it is every week. It’s not difficult at all,” Whitt said. “We’ll make a decision and we’ll go with it and we’ll go and try to win that particular football game. The next week, it might be a different decision and we’ll go with it. We won’t second-guess ourselves. That’s just what it will be.”
House returned to practice Tuesday but probably won’t play against the Rams. For the others – including Josh Hawkins, who was terrific against Washington two weeks ago but has been too inconsistent for Whitt’s liking this camp – this will give them one last chance to stake their claim to a spot high in the rotation. While Whitt wants the best guys to play each week, he also doesn’t want there to be a revolving door throughout the season.
“One thing I did tell the room is, once we’ve made a decision, I don’t want (them) to think, ‘If I give up one play, I’m coming out.’ That’s not going to be it,” Whitt said. “I don’t want guys playing scared. They’re going to play fierce, we’re going to cut it loose. I don’t want them looking over their shoulders. I’ll make the decision on who goes out there to play and they need to go play fast when I give them their opportunity.”