Much like the guy the Green Bay Packers picked one round ahead of him, Damarious Randall, cornerback Quinten Rollins was bad in 2016. He blamed injuries, but he was also out there making rookie mistakes that, ironically, he didn’t make as a rookie.
Frankly, we didn’t really expect much from Rollins this year. Unlike Randall, who the Packers raved about all offseason, you heard nary a word about Rollins. Meanwhile, the team brought back Davon House and drafted Kevin King.
We speculated that, at best, Rollins would be buried on the depth chart or that he might be traded. At worst, he could be cut.
It’s starting to look like — and there’s a long way to go in training camp — that none of those scenarios are likely.
Today, defensive coordinator Dom Capers raved about Rollins.
#Packers Dom Capers says he has been most impressed with how Quinten Rollins has been able to play inside at nickleback. Instinctive, steady
Obviously, that nickelback position is supposed to be held down by Randall this year. However, the most promising sign for Rollins isn’t the praise. It’s that he and not LaDarius Gunter played outside with the No. 1 defense after Kevin King went down.
Capers also said Rollins can play inside or outside, but he prefers him inside and that’s what we’d expect.
We’ll see how this plays out, but it’s beginning to look like Gunter and not Rollins might be the low man on the totem pole.