Woodson could see increased role
The first big news of Packers training camp came even before the first practice, when the team released safety Charlie Peprah.
"I was real shocked," rookie safety Jerron McMillian said. "I really couldn't believe it at first until I came into the locker room and was like 'Oh, I really did happen,' I was just talking to him earlier in the day."
So did Coach Mike McCarthy speak with the safeties as a group, and what did he have to say?
"He just told us we are young, we all need to depend on each other, and just continue to get better," safety M.D. Jennings said.
"We have some young players we are excited about," said Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
But the player getting the majority of the snaps at safety on day one wasn't a young guy at all. It was 35-year-old and 15-year veteran Charles Woodson.
"Charles has played that position. We used to have called it our '3 Okie' package and now he just lines up at 'Okie' playing strong safety so it isn't anything new. Throughout his career he has been a playmaker whether he has played corner or the inside position. In our particular defense, we feel he is a lot more valuable to us the closer he is to the football," said McCarthy.
Woodson will still see plenty of time at cornerback this season covering the slot wide receiver, meaning there is still a big opportunity for a young guy like M.D. Jennings or Jerron McMillian.
"Just have to keep working, take matters into your own hands and that's training camp and I'm going to attack it as hard as I can," McMillian said.
"Got to go out and play special teams and when you have a chance to make one you have to compete and make the play," said Jennings.
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