The move comes only one day before the Packers open training camp and it was surprising move to say the least. The Green Bay Packers decided to cut Charlie Peprah. When looking at the Packer’s defense on paper it is easy to point out the weakest position; safety.
Back in April, the Green Bay Packers decided to release Pro Bowl Safety Nick Collins after he suffered a career threatening neck injury in the 2011 season. The void at that position has been a question mark since then. Going into the NFL draft, everyone knew that the Packers were going to target the defensive side of the ball quite heavily, and that’s what they did. They targeted the secondary with two picks by drafting cornerback Casey Hayward/Vanderbilt in the second round and safety Jerron Mcmillian/Maine in the fourth round. Speculation surrounding both Hayward and Mcmillian after the draft had both players playing safety in the 2012 season.
Now that the Packers have released Peprah, who could be considered a veteran in this league, who is the next player up? Some believe M.D. Jennings could be the answer. Jennings showed the Packers staff that he could play in last years pre-season which included quality play on special teams. He was an undrafted free agent as he earned his roster spot but did not see much playing time. The second player on the list would have to be Jerron Mcmillian. They selected him in the fourth round to add depth to the position only to release Charlie Peprah. This opens up the door for both Jennings and Mcmillian to start on a Green Bay secondary that was absolutely torched last year. Statistically, the Packers had the worst defense in NFL history when it came to yards given up through the air.
The Packers are putting their trust in two players that either have little or no experience in playing safety on the NFL level. A third option that has been speculated would be pushing Charles Woodson to safety and have second rounder Casey Hayward take his spot at cornerback. It would be an interesting move but either way the defense would need a few weeks to start clicking on all cylinders in this upcoming season.
Written By – David Rantisi- Founder and NFC North Writer
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