If you watched the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, then you saw rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins have a hell of a game.
You probably also noticed tackle Don Barclay having the opposite.
Although Barclay wasn’t alone. David Bakhtiari.
At any rate, Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to those two guys’ performances on Saturday.
First, Rollins, who showed more polish than probably anyone expected.
“He had a nice night,” McCarthy said. “Lot of good things. He’ll be disappointed he didn’t have the two interceptions. But he was confident. He was poised.”
And on the flip side, Barclay, who’s working back from last season’s torn ACL.
“We played one preseason. It’s preseason,” McCarthy said. “There are things he can do better. We’ll work on concepts. Things we want to clean up.”
Clearly, no one is overreacting.
Barclay hasn’t played football in a year, so there was bound to be some rust. But this is a guy who started and played well for parts of two seasons.
We expect him to round into form.
As for Rollins, not going to get too excited there just yet either.
He had a great game on Thursday. If he continues to play well, then we’ll amp it up.
Rollins can cover. Better to have a good one out of the gate than a total flopper. He’s not quite Revis, yet.
I like the potential and depth of our DBs for the coming season.
Hope our corner picks in first 2 rounds can tackle. Tackling has been big problem for our corners for too long.
Did you not see Rollins take a receiver out of the game on a great tackle? The kid can hit and wrap up.
Now I get why they drafted these 2 guys and letting Williams and House walk. Williams and House can cover but they can’t tackle and costs too much. Hayward can’t tackle either so we desperately need some young, physical guys on the corner to tackle.
I liked Pennel and Elliot last year and I like them this year. With suspensions and injuries, these guys will really get a chance to play to show what they can do.
In 2004 the Packers let Mike McKenzie go and tried to fill the hole with a first round draft pick and a third round draft pick. Both those guys were complete draft busts and the Packers had the worst pass coverage in the NFL in 2005. With guys like Terrell Buckley, Vinnie Clark, Ahmad Carroll, Antwan Edwards, Fred Vinson and Patrick Lee, the Packers have struck out far more often than not with high round cornerback picks.
I’m not getting my hopes up on the drafted defensive backs until I see what these guys can do during the regular season. I expect the Packers pass defense to be awful this season.
Not too bright, huh? 2004 is 12 years ago. None of those guys you listed were drafted by TT or even recently. Nice to see you’ve been paying attention.
Patrick Lee 2008, 2nd round.