5 Questions About Charles Woodson at Safety (and maybe a few answers)

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  1. Oppy
    July 29, 2012

    Woodson should be playing the SS position as an in-the-box, run support safety. That would be ideal for him.

    MM talked about Woodson being a playmaker, and keeping him close to the ball means more opportunities to make big time plays.

    That suggests to me they will try to create opportunities for WOod to line up in the box or on the LOS as much as possible, to put him in position to play the run, put him on the slot WR/SE, and give him the shortest, most direct path to the QB should they want to use him to pressure.

    With more athleticism/speed on the edges and Burnett’s (or maybe McMillian’s) physical talents to play the deep FS, it would mean they could basically still use Woodson as they always have (disruptor, run support, rover) without risking him getting exposed in coverage as much, and improving the speed on the field at DB.

    If they ask him to play deep zones and over-the-top of man coverage, I’m not sure I’m comfortable. Sure, he’d make plays and picks, but I agree with Adam, I think we’ll see one to many failed gambles that result in TDs given up than I’d be comfortable with.

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    • PackersRS
      July 29, 2012

      I agree completely. As Ron said, it’s just the first week of practice.

      But if I had to guess this will hold true, he’s gonna play SS in base, and he’ll either cover man a TE, FB or RB, or he’ll play zone close to the LOS, with a lot of cover 1 and cover 3. Of course he’s going to play some deep zones, but more often than not he’ll be close to the LOS.

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  2. Dan
    July 29, 2012

    I like this move. I also like hearing good things about Heyward so far in camp. I can’t help but to think this D will play much better this year

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    • Oppy
      July 29, 2012

      Yes, hearing that Hayward has been practicing extremely well is really exciting- it seems rare that the Packers pick a CB who performs well in their first camp (exception being Shields), but even Sam Shields really didn’t make much noise until he made some splash plays in the preseason games.

      Really excited to see ALL these young DB’s grow!

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  3. Ron LC
    July 29, 2012

    Pre-season is for trying things out. Just becuse they do it now doesn’t mean they’ll carry it into the season. That’s why I really like to see how things develop before throwing in my bet. After last year, I’m sure Capers has received the message loud and clear. He MUST fix the D. And I am confident he will. Try everything now and see what develops.

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