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Jaire Alexander showed star potential last season
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J'Mon Moore Color Rush Jersey , but he can’t cover everyone by himself. He’ll need help from Green Bay’s other young corners, whether it’s staying healthy or making a jump, to solidify the position." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Adviceyoung cornerstones New,12commentsJaire Alexander showed star potential last season, but he can’t cover everyone by himself. He’ll need help from Green Bay’s other young corners, whether it’s staying healthy or making a jump, to solidify the position. CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options forTongueackers 2019 Training Camp Roster: Cornerbacks need health, improvement from young cornerstones TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailJosh Jackson (left) showed flashes in preseason he couldn’t sustain while Jaire Alexander (right) demonstrated impact player potential. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesSince the conclusion of the 2018 season, the Green Bay Packers’ roster has changed significantly. A large group of free agents, draft picks, and undrafted rookies will come to training camp to challenge for roster spots and roles on the team’s 53-man roster. Over two weeks, Acme Packing Company will break down the roster position by position and reveal our compiled predictions for the 53-man roster.No position on the Green Bay Packers’ roster underwent a greater transformation over the last two seasons than cornerback. The Packers used two top-50 picks at the position, brought back Tramon Williams, jettisoned Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, and elevated Kevin King, himself a former 33rd overall pick. Ted Thompson fruitlessly poured resources into the position to the point Brian Gutekunst’s first offseason included his own version of loading up for bear (no pun intended, but not not intended). No position’s success or failure outside of quarterback may determine the path of this season like cornerback either. If Jaire Alexander takes that proverbial next step and King can stay healthy, this starting group should be very good. There’s also the development of Josh Jackson and Tony Brown along with the rock steady play of Williams to consider. There’s even some intrigue on the back end of the depth chart where rookie Ka’Dar Hollman impressed coaches this spring, Chandon Sullivan actually had to start for Philadelphia last season, and Will Redmond has a chance to prove he’s more than a special teamer.Jaire Alexander Experience: Entering second year2018 stats: 13 games played with 11 starts, 66 combined tackles, 11 passes defended, 1 interception, 3 tackles for loss, .5 sackHow acquired: Selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft (17th overall)It’s hard to remember a rookie coming in and generating more buzz among Packer fans and NFL media alike than Alexander. Even amid a season that saw peaks and valleys, the swagger-filled Louisville product shined, making a star turn against the Rams and Brandin Cooks and punctuated by high praise from The Hoodie himself, Bill Belichick. If Alexander becomes the player he appears capable of being, he’ll be the best cornerback the team has had since Charles Woodson and will solidify a position that has been in flux since Wood left Green Bay. Kevin King Experience: Entering third year2018 stats: 6 games played with 6 starts, 27 combined tackles https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Nick-Perry-Jersey , 2 passes defended, 1 interception, 1 TFLHow acquired: Selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft (33rd overall)Just stay healthy. We saw early last season the flashes of brilliance. The length, the physicality, the ball skills. There are still times when he doesn’t tackle well, or gets beat by guys who, athletically, have no business getting by him, but the early returns on King in Year 2 were positive. His battles with Davante Adams in practice hardened him for the regular season and Mike McCarthy even mentioned King’s injury against the Vikings as one of the drivers of that loss. Even if Alexander takes that Year 2 leap, having King be on the field and just play solid football would amplify that improvement and vice versa. The combination of King and Alexander has the potential to be special. For now, potential is all it is. Tramon Williams Experience: Entering 13th year2018 stats: 16 games played with 16 starts, 54 combined tackles, 2 passes defendedHow acquired: Signed in 2018 for 2 years, $10 million It’s fair to call 2018 an underwhelming season for Williams, who was supposed to provide stability to a secondary without it. On the other hand, he spent half a season playing out of position at safety and never truly got a chance to gel with the defense around him with constant injuries. This is likely Williams’ last year in a Packers uniform, potentially his final season full stop. Most of it should be back at corner this season, with plenty of time in the slot, which should help Williams be in more positions to make plays.Josh Jackson Experience: Entering second year2018 stats: 16 games played with 10 starts, 49 combined tackles, 10 passes defended, 1 tackle for lossHow acquired: Selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft (45th overall)A Josh Jackson Year 2 Leap would be gravy if Alexander and King stay on the field. If King struggles to stay off the training table, then it becomes a necessity. Jackson struggled for most of the season with man coverage, not trusting his technique and playing too handsy. But the last month, a light went on and Jackson found his stride. Some of the odd mistakes like poor ball awareness should be fixed with time considering how adept he was as a playmaker at Iowa. Williams holding down that CB3 spot this season before handing it over to Jackson looks like the succession plan the Packers have in mind. Tony BrownExperience: Entering second year2018 stats: 11 games played with 3 starts, 34 combined tackles, 5 passes defended, 1 tackle for loss How acquired: Signed to practice squad in September 2018, then promoted to active rosterIn a season where injuries ravaged the secondary, Brown shown brightly as a hidden gem. His physical Davante Adams Jersey , press man cover skills showed up regularly, as did his hard-nosed tackling ability. He competes his ass off every play and while he has to learn to keep his head on his shoulders more consistently, there’s tantalizing potential here. I’ve suggested he’s a hybrid safety candidate and once Williams ages out of impact play, we could see Brown transition to that kind of role. Ka’dar HollmanExperience: Rookie2018 stats*: 13 games played with 13 starts, 32 combined tackles, 1 interception, 12 passes defendedHow acquired: Selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft (185th overall)Hollman may be a one-trick pony, but that one trick is pretty good. He can play press man coverage and that’s what Mike Pettine wants to do. The more cornerbacks he has who can do it, the more flexible the defense becomes. Ideally, Hollman sits out this season as a defensive rotation player. Play some special teams, make some cameos in blowouts. If he has to play, things have gone horribly wrong with injuries (again). *2018 Toledo stats Will RedmondExperience: Entering fourth year2018 stats: 5 games played with 0 starts, 1 tackleHow acquired: Signed to the practice squad Sept. 2018Redmond showed promise coming out of college as a former third-round pick, but things never clicked for him. He has decent size, but lacks length and has a long way to go to prove he can be anything more than a special teams player. Chandon SullivanExperience: Entering second year2018 stats: 5 games played with 1 starts, 7 combined tacklesHow acquired: Signed in May 2019 Sullivan fits the profile of a classic special teamer. He’s a small-school kid without elite speed, but possesses adequate size and excellent burst. The starting experience, though just one game, is nice but more closely reflects the dire situation at corner for the Eagles last season. Javien Hamilton Experience: Rookie2018 stats*: 7 games, 18 combined tackles, 2 passes defendedHow acquired: Undrafted free agent 2019 When a rookie cornerback gets a number like 47, you know he’s a long shot to make the team. Hamilton is a camp body with some big conference pedigree at Ole Miss and some return ability. *2018 Ole Miss stats Kabion Ento Experience: Rookie2018 stats*: 8 games, 12 catches for 161 yards, 13.4 yards per catchHow acquired: Undrafted free agent 2019 Remember the thing about cornerback numbers in the 40’s? The Packers gave Ento 48. He’s making a position switch to cornerback from receiver. Best case, he’s a practice squad stash project. *2018 Colorado receiver stats Nydair Rouse Experience*: Rookie2018 stats: 11 games, 18 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 passes defendedHow acquired: Undrafted free agent 2019 41. Any other questions? *2018 West Chester stats Sacks and throw-aways muddled the marginal success the Packers had on third-and-long last season. A new coach brings a potential winning formula for Aaron Rodgers and the offense." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options forTongueackers & Aaron Rodgers look to improve on money down with Matt LaFleur’s approachTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailAaron Rodgers’ magic only worked so much in 2018, leading to sacks and third-down failures. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesAaron Rodgers looking, holding Josh Jones Color Rush Jersey , going down to end the drive. It’s one of the lasting images of the 2018 season, one of dysfunction, disillusionment, and for the head coach, disaster. The Green Bay Packers led the league in third down sacks last season, but often the cause had nothing to do with creative blitzes or protection breakdowns. Rodgers simply didn’t like what he saw and failed to pull the trigger. He’d either end up sacked or throwing the ball away and JK Scott would trot onto the field. Of the litany of things Matt LaFleur must change about the offense, third down—third-and-long in particular—has to be among the top priorities. Converting third-and-long, usually six or more yards, has long been an indicator of winning teams as well as a predictor of future success. Last season the Packers finished 14th in success rate on third-and-six or more. The top 10 teams in success rate through the air in that situation were: Falcons ChiefsBuccaneers Patriots ColtsRams TitansSaintsChargers That group has seven playoff teams including the three best in each conference, a Falcons team demolished by injuries on defense, and a Buccaneers team with a historically bad defense. The other is Matt LaFleur’s old team.For whatever flaws that group had, and remember this was a team that had to play heavy doses of Blaine Gabbert, they could convert third-and-longs throwing the ball. With the best pass-protecting offensive line in the league last season according to Pro Football Focus, and a two-time MVP at quarterback, LaFleur should be able to elevate this Packers group considerably. Considering how often Rodgers took sacks simply from holding the ball (45 of 53 were 2.5 seconds in the pocket or longer according to The Athletic’s Ben Fennell) and his historic throw-away rate, simply reinstalling confidence in the play design could provide enormous benefits to this third-down offense. Though LaFleur likely won’t be calling play action in these situations, nearly every other facet of his offense brings to bear something relevant to boost the Packers productivity on the money down. He wants the ball out quick or to look for the shot plays. If it’s coming out quickly, there’s some design aimed at getting a creator in space: think Davante Adams running after the catch on a bubble screen. Sean McVay, for example, loves to use receiver screens on third down with coverage playing soft.These are also situations LaFleur likes to dial up shot plays off double moves. Called a comeback on third-and-8 in the first quarter? In the third quarter, that’s a stutter-go hoping the DB is sitting on the underneath route. Converted a dig on third-and-9 on the first drive? On the second drive, that’s a double-move hoping to get a shot play, precisely the kinds of deep throws Rodgers preferred to make all last season. This is how Rodgers wants to play. Marrying styles should instill confidence in Rodgers that the plays will work, making it easier for him to pull the trigger. It won’t be rookie receivers trying to win isolation routes, and the plays will cater to the type of style the quarterback already wants to employ. Theoretically, it makes sense. Considering they were above average throwing the ball with success last year even in the worst season of Rodgers’ career, a healthy two legs and a congruence of ideals should produce better results and lead to more wins.
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