Sam Shields Will Be Starting At Corner, To Surprise of No One

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Sam Shields

Sam Shields

The Green Bay Packers had an open competition for their starting cornerback positions, which is one of the deepest groups on the team. Sam Shields will be manning one of those spots on opening day.

“The way (Shields) has practiced and the way he’s done it has been so clean, it’d be hard for me to believe that he’s not going to be one of those two, if not the top one,” cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said Wednesday. “It’d be hard for me to believe that. Just the way that he’s performed and the things that he’s done.”

Shields was arguably the Packers best cornerback last season, although Tramon Williams was the team’s unofficial No. 1 corner. Williams usually lined up against the opposition’s top receiver, but for the second season in a row his play was uneven.

This season, the Packers aren’t going to line up a specific guy against the opposition’s top receiver. Whitt and defensive coordinator Dom Capers have decided to keep their starting corners on their respective sides of the field.

The question now becomes, who is the starter opposite Shields?

Williams and second-year man Casey Hayward are the frontrunners, although neither has played in a preseason game yet because of injuries. Hayward looks like he’ll be able to go this week and if he plays well, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be the other starter.

Hayward led the Packers with six picks last season, playing mostly from the slot.

That could push Williams to the nickel back, further down the depth chart or maybe even off the roster. The Packers have two more capable guys in Davon House, who had the inside track to start last season before suffering a shoulder injury early in camp, and rookie Micah Hyde, who’s been impressive in camp.

The Packers also still have Jarrett Bush on the roster and although he’s not the greatest corner, he is a special teams ace and will be hard to cut.

This will certainly be interesting to watch over the next week.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

12 Comments on "Sam Shields Will Be Starting At Corner, To Surprise of No One"

  1. Ben Huber

    Really?!! Williams OFF the roster?!!! How does a guy go from being one if our best defensive players to then NOT MAKING THE ROSTER?!! He had a down year. He’s knicked up right now. There is NO reason why they should not be giving him the benefit if the doubt. He’s sacrificed blood sweat and tears for this team. He’s earned more respect than we are affording him right now.

  2. PF4L

    Benefit of the doubt?…That’s a lot of doubt….Watch some game tape from the last 2 years. I have no doubt that TT was drafting to replace Williams. The Pack have players they need to sign up in the next 2 years. You can’t overpay for poor performance. I could be wrong, but if not now, Williams will be gone next season, as will Finley. We have enough play making corners. We don’t need to pay Tramon 6.5 million for 2 interceptions and someone who cant tackle.

  3. Phatgzus

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept Tramon, Hayward, Shields, Casa, Bush, and Hyde on the active 53, hard to have a glut of DBs in this era, one of them could always play safety in a pinch.

  4. the real russ letlow

    Shields needed to prove that his excellent second half of last season wasn’t a fluke, and so far so good. if he stays healthy and continues to play at a high level, he will get the payday he wants. I’d like to see him stay in GB………at a cap friendly price, of course…….

  5. tedtomato

    I really like Hyde..good to see a corner who isnt afraid to tackle..and..after his big goof..recovered and had a solid game. I think mccarthy is tired of watching non tackling pussies..and they targeted guys who are reckless. Even the undrafted Free Agents are looking pretty tough.

  6. Shawn iltarion

    Haha… Monty’s crusade to get Tramon off the roster continues.

    The one and ONLY chance Tramon isn’t on this roster this season is if TT managed to trade him, and THAT would be a stunner on several levels.

    We will see how long they stick with the “each guy plays his side of the field” philosophy. One bad game could change that.

    Yes, the Packers have been preparing for not only Tramon’s departure, but for the departure of Sam Shields as well. The bottom-line is you can’t have too many good cover corners on your team.

  7. Shawn iltarion

    Shields also stuck his nose in a couple tackles against the Rams. Pretty happy with that.

    He looks a little bigger.

  8. lars

    Maybe not this year, but how many of you Tramon Williams boosters think he’ll be worth almost $10 million in 2014, the final year of his contract? He’s had two down years and he’s soft as melted butter. Blame the injury, but it is as it is. He’s riding on yesterday’s glory.

  9. rebelgb

    I really really started to dislike Williams last year after watching him INTENTIONALLY avoid contact. If he was still a shut down corner you might let that fly, but he was anything but last year.

    That being said, if he was avoiding contact because he was still hurt and refused to sit on the bench AND he comes back this year and is aggressive and willing to tackle… he can be our other starting corner.

    Im willing to give him another shot. I find it funny that anyone would even suggest he doesnt make the team.

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