Packers think move to slot will lift Damarious Randall

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The Packers made Damarious Randall a first-round pick in the 2015 draft and promptly moved him from safety to cornerback in a shift that hasn’t paid too many dividends in Randall’s first two seasons.

The team now thinks another switch will unlock Randall’s potential. Randall has been bumped from outside cornerback to the slot, which defensive coordinator Dom Capers calls the “star” position in his defense. Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt thinks the name may prove to be an apt description for Randall.

“It’s a lot of what he did in college, first off,” Whitt said, via ESPN.com. “He’s comfortable being inside, he has good quickness, he has good instincts, he has the ability to see and catch the flash of the football, he’s a smart player. I think he’s becoming a better communicator on the field and so he has the ability to be successful inside there.”

Randall said earlier this offseason that being healthy would allow people to see why the Packers thought so highly of him coming into the league, but it seems that won’t be the only reason to credit for better things from Randall in his third season.

33 responses to “Packers think move to slot will lift Damarious Randall

  1. I’m constantly amazed at the “Randall was a Safety” line. Randall was a corner his whole life until his senior year in college. They were short at Safety and Randall was/is big enough and physical enough to play the position. Putting Randall at Safety allowed them to put their best athletes on the field.

    His rookie year was quite promising. Last year, not so much but he was injured most of the year. This year, if he’s healthy, should tell the tale. Could be very good, could be average, could be not good. I’m hoping for very good but I can’t make any predictions. I need to see it.

  2. “It’s a lot of what he did in college “….if they think he’s going to be so good there, why didn’t they put him there in the first place? Sounds like they know he can’t play outside in the NFL and are just trying to find somewhere to play him because he’s a first round bust…like most of the Packers first round picks….

  3. The slot position gets help from Inside Linebackers, a true corner takes the outside and shuts it down. As a Packers fan I think this is saying he’s not the shutdown corner they hoped. Dom Capers needs to be gone, like years ago…

  4. LOL at the haters. The Packers’ offense, if entirely healthy, is going to rip the roof off the rest of the league. If their secondary can figure it out, the Packers will be scary good.

  5. Big PACK guy here. Ugh we keep wasting guy’s on defense in caper’s dated sceme!! I’m ready too move on from caper’s and MacArthur at this point. Stop wasteing Rogers best years and bring the Lombardi back too title-town. GO PACK

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  6. The Green Bay Packers became the most successful franchise in the history of the NFL with young guys just like this stepping up. He has the talent, and his path is clear.

    The time for greatness is now.

  7. The Packers were hurt last year by injuries at CB. The Vikings were hurt by injuries to the OL.
    The Packers managed to fix things well enough to get to the NFCC; Mini missed the playoffs again.
    But the Viking coaches are great and the GB coaches are bums.
    Got it.

  8. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 9:22 AM

    a Packer first round bust? I am so surprised!!! No, it pretty common for that wasteland…..
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    The wasteland, is your grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills. Not to mention, the basement you still live in.

  9. Those 13 World Championships didn’t just fall off a truck. They were won with the blood and sweat of talented young men and vastly superior leadership.

    All in all, it looks like another great season for the Packers and their tremendous worldwide base of fans.

  10. This article is inaccurate. He had a very good rookie year – in fact was one of the top three cornerbacks from that draft class after Peters and Darby.
    Second year had major problems with injuries and performance, but not off-the-field factors such as drugs, so play could recover.

  11. Those 13 World Championships didn’t just fall off a truck. They were won with the blood and sweat of talented young men and vastly superior leadership.
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    Capers?… McCarthy?

    “Superior leadership?”

    Please! Tell another.. I’m dying over here….

  12. Those 13 World Championships didn’t just fall off a truck. They were won with the blood and sweat of talented young men and vastly superior leadership.
    ====

    11 of those Titles were won before the 70’s.

    With a HOF QB, and with a QB who had a legitimate claim to being the best EVER, the franchise has only won 2 more Lombardi Trophies.

    Superior leadership? Not since Lombardi.

  13. aarons444 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:04 PM
    Those 13 World Championships didn’t just fall off a truck. They were won with the blood and sweat of talented young men and vastly superior leadership.
    ====

    11 of those Titles were won before the 70’s.

    With a HOF QB, and with a QB who had a legitimate claim to being the best EVER, the franchise has only won 2 more Lombardi Trophies.

    Superior leadership? Not since Lombardi.

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    Which might I point out is better then a lot of the other teams in the league.

    Go Pack GO

  14. Which might I point out is better then a lot of the other teams in the league.
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    So the mantra should be; We’re better than some other teams.

    Not; ‘vastly superior’.

  15. It’s always fun to read “only 2 championships with Favre and Rodgers blah blah blah” from “fans” of a “team” that has never won one in their entire miserable existence.

  16. Why don’t you move him to…safety?
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    He certainly wouldn’t be an upgrade over HHC-D.

    And as painfully average as Morgan Burnett is, there’s no gaurantee Randall would be any better there either.

    I’m willing to bet Randall can rebound from an unfortunate sophmore showing.

  17. Getting drunk and picking needless fights is second-nature to Viking fans. That’s their normal routine in the unmistakable absence of football-related bragging rights. The misspelled words and poor grammar and ill-intent herein is not by accident. You can add fat-shaming to their quiver as well. It’s what they do. That’s the kind of people they are.

    By the way, I attended the Twins/Indians game on Sunday. There was a very popular vendor with a big Green & Gold sign reading; “Cheese and Curds.” The line of Twins-attired fans was fifty deep trying to get their mitts on that stuff. Just saying.

  18. aarons444 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:25 PM
    Which might I point out is better then a lot of the other teams in the league.
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    So the mantra should be; We’re better than some other teams.

    Not; ‘vastly superior’.

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    Second-most winning franchise over the past decade.

    I would say vastly superior.

  19. Second-most winning franchise over the past decade.
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    Regular season. Big whoop.

    Patriots – 2 Titles, 4 Super Bowl trips
    Giants – 2 Titles
    Steelers – 1 Title, 2 Super Bowls trips
    Seahawks – 1 Title, 2 Super Bowl trips
    Broncos – 1 Title, 2 Super Bowl trips

    .. the lowly, former laughing stock NEW ORLEANS SAINTS have as many Titles as the Packers this decade.

    I guess if you’re a buisness owner in downtown Green Bay, this means alot to you. For the rest of the us, its pretty hollow having the best QB to ever put a jersey on, having our hopes destroyed every January.

  20. … and if you go back 1 more year to 2005, the Steelers have a 2nd Title and 3rd Super Bowl trip, and the Seahawks have a 3rd Super Bowl trip as well.

  21. aarons444 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 2:43 PM

    … and if you go back 1 more year to 2005, the Steelers have a 2nd Title and 3rd Super Bowl trip, and the Seahawks have a 3rd Super Bowl trip as well.
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    You could go back to the beginning of time and all you’ll find for the Vikings is delusion.

  22. You could go back to the beginning of time and all you’ll find for the Vikings is delusion.
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    There was that one year where they won an NFC Championship (that they pretend is a *real* championship).. only to get crushed in the Super Bowl by the Chiefs.

  23. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 9:22 AM
    a Packer first round bust? I am so surprised!!! No, it pretty common for that wasteland…..
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    You mean like the Vikings don’t have a roster full of them? Oh that’s right, they cut them after only 2 years. It takes a trained eye to spot a 1st round bust when they see one.

  24. to everyone whose team wasn’t in the NFC Championship game.. why are you even talking? how well did your db’s fair on the couch when the packers almost got to the super bowl?? yeah, that’s what i thought. and i sure didn’t see the vikings defense in the play-offs. shaddup, losers.

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