Sunday, September 18, 2011

Packers: CB Williams Out @ CAR

CB Tramon Williams (shoulder) will miss the team's game today at Carolina. While Tramon being out clearly downgrades the Green Bay pass defense, I still think the Packers have enough to slow Cam Newton and the Panther passing attack. I'm anxious to see how the team tries to compensate for this loss; whether they insert up-and-down CB Jarrett Bush as their nickel CB or if they utilize a third Safety and use Woodson more on the outside.

Anyone who watches the Packers realizes that CB Charles Woodson is used more as a linebacker or safety than a true Cornerback. However, with Williams being out, I could see the Packers deciding that they're better off with Woodson as a cover corner than Jarrett Bush.

In this scenario, two guys between Nick Collins, Morgan Burnett, and Charlie Peprah would account for both safety spots, and the other would be used in the box in Woodson's usual role. Luckily, I think Clay Matthews is in for a huge day against an inexperienced OT Byron Bell, so the pass rush should cover up some holes in the secondary. We'll see what the plan is soon, as we're less than an hour from Kickoff.

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