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Packers’ cornerback play an area to watch

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The battles for a club’s final roster spots can make for compelling preseason viewing.

In Green Bay, the play of the offense is worth watching for all four quarters whether you’re a Packers fan or not. The Packers have three backup quarterbacks (Vince Young, Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman) for, at most, two reserve spots. For the 30-year-old Young, this is an opportunity to jump-start his career.

And the interesting storylines don’t stop on offense in Green Bay. The club’s competition for reserve cornerback roles is worth monitoring as well.

The club’s cornerbacks coach, Joe Whitt, told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that every one of the team’s nine cornersĀ can legitimately play.

“This is the first time I would say all nine of my guys deserve to be on an NFL 53,” Whitt told the Journal Sentinel.

One intriguing player to watch is 6-foot-1, 205-pound Brandon Smith, a 26-year-old converted wide receiver whom McGinn reports has fared well when he bodies up receivers but needs to quickly improve in zone coverage.

“He can press better than a lot of guys in the league right now,” Whitt, who’s in his fifth season coaching Green Bay’s corners, told the Journal Sentinel last week. “It’s just the zone stuff for right now.”

There is always something worth watching in the preseason, especially if you are curious about the back end of a roster. Here’s a prime example.

Photo via Matt Becker/ Packers.com

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20 Responses to “Packers’ cornerback play an area to watch”
  1. aa1829 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    And now, please welcome your 2013 Green Bay Packers. GO PACK GO

  2. insanelomein2 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:19 AM

    what the hell is VY doing in that picture?

  3. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 8, 2013 10:28 AM

    What a confusing headline. Packers cornerback play bears?

  4. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 8, 2013 10:37 AM

    Great to bring in camp bodies who can play, and I hope one of them is able to make it, but I don’t see how.

    Williams, Shields, Hayward and House are locks. Bush is probably back for special teams, and they like Hyde because he can play safety too.. Can’t really keep more than 6, and 5 is probably better.

    Jennings, Burnett and McMillan are guarantees at safety. That’s 9 D-backs with Hyde in the mix.

  5. scoops1 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    insanelomein2 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:19 AM

    what the hell is VY doing in that picture?

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    That’s not VY….VY is wearing #13

  6. wegogreenbay says: Aug 8, 2013 10:41 AM

    Good to know, GO PACK GO!

    p.s. the #10 in the photo is WR Jeremy Ross, VY is wearing #13

  7. jhein23 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:42 AM

    Deepest position on the roster. Maybe they can trade 1 for a kicker, hopefully Jarrett Bush.

  8. mrgreenbird says: Aug 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    As a Bears fan that headline hurt my brain

  9. icb9 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:45 AM

    I’d like to see Vince Young be able to pull a Tommy Maddox somewhere. Hopefully a strong organization like the packers can provide some much needed guidance.

  10. twwally says: Aug 8, 2013 10:49 AM

    As a Packers fan it don’t take much to hurt your brain.

  11. aldante66 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:05 AM

    My issue is most of them don’t seem to be good tacklers. There aren’t any hard hitters on the team. If they can’t gang tackle, the backs and receivers make a lot of yardage after the catch.

    Didn’t this team give up a huge amount of yardage last year via the air?????

    Keep in mind, many of these guys were late round Ted Thompson cheapie’s who were available for a reason.

  12. qoojo says: Aug 8, 2013 12:00 PM

    “bears” was a bad word to use. I kept trying to figure out if the Bears were hard up enough to be waiting on the packers to release a CB.

  13. getsome636 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:00 PM

    They were ranked 11th against the pass last year.

  14. tangysizzl says: Aug 8, 2013 12:02 PM

    Of the 9 CBs fighting for roster spots only 3 were drafted, Hayward 2nd round House 4th and Hyde 5th. The rest are undrafted FAs lead by Sam Shields and Tramon Williams.

    Once a player is on a team draft status means nothing, their play on the field is what matters.

  15. eatitfanboy says: Aug 8, 2013 12:07 PM

    Please try to refrain from using the names of NFL franchises in other contexts in your headlines. I think I stared at that one for 2 solid minutes before I figured it out.

  16. whatjusthapped says: Aug 8, 2013 12:15 PM

    Lesson here is the Packers are deep, the Vikings are frauds, and upon further review, the Bears still suck.

  17. FlashPatterson says: Aug 8, 2013 12:19 PM

    classless hapless organization.

  18. blacknole08 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:23 PM

    From the headline I thought the Packers corners would be bear watching or something.

    Now I’m even more confused.

  19. GenXJay says: Aug 8, 2013 1:39 PM

    justwhathapped,
    nowhere in the story does it reference the Vikings.
    also, the bottom line of this story is interpreted as if Mr. Whitt is a bad coach that has too many corners, all competing at the same sub par level.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:48 AM

    This is the cornerback group that has humiliated the hapless and tasteless Vikings and Bears twice per season in stirring victories for each of the past 3 years.

    Keep up the great work coach Whitt!

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