Jermichael Finley and Green Bay Packers Players with Bad 2012 NFL Training Camps
With training camp well underway, position and roster battles are starting to intensify. The Packers have multiple positions where starting jobs and backup roles are on the line.
The defense has more competition with many new signings fighting to find their role. On offense, the biggest battle is for the running back position. Before the signing of Cedric Benson, it seemed to be the winner would be the one that stayed healthy.
Some Packers are having great camps and impressing the coaching staff. Others are struggling to find their way.
James Starks entered training camp as the starting running back. He just had to do his job successfully and stay healthy.
He struggled to do the first part before getting hurt in the Packers first preseason game. In response, the Packers signed veteran running back Cedric Benson to strengthen the weak group.
Starks needs to get back on the field in order to fight for his starting job. He will not play in the second preseason game this Thursday night and is listed as week-to-week.
Benson will also not participate in the game because of his recent arrival.
The fan-favorite from last year has struggled so far in camp.
Following a terrible week during one-on-ones, Vic So'oto played marginally better in the San Diego Chargers game and has done better in camp. He has a long way to go toward making the team, but he was a long shot at this point last year as well.
The outside linebacker position is awfully crowded with newcomers Nick Perry and Dezman Moses. Both got playing time ahead of So'oto against San Diego.
So'oto needs to step up in a big way to make the team.
Jermichael Finley can't seem to stay healthy.
First, he missed a couple days of camp early on with a mild concussion after slipping while running routes. He returned after a few days only to injury his quad. He hasn't practiced since and is not expected to play Thursday night.
Finley's roster spot isn't in jeopardy, but for a player that complained about a lack of chemistry with the quarterback, he needs to be on the field.
Injuries have popped up quite frequently now in Finley's short career. This is something to keep an eye on for the next few years.
Another player that has seen his job go up for grabs, cornerback Sam Shields has struggled thus far in camp.
Camp opened with a competition for the job he had held for the last two seasons. Shields has been part of the competition, but an elbow injury has kept him out of practice.
Davon House's injury has also kept him from competing for the spot.
Casey Hayward is getting a ton of reps with the first-team defense. The rookie has a big opportunity with Shields and House out. It remains to be seen whether or not he takes it.
The defensive lineman has been plenty quiet so far in camp. Jarius Wynn got very limited playing time against the Chargers.
Wynn has never been able to consistently pressure the quarterback during his time with the Packers. He has shown flashes, but he has failed to put those moments together.
The Packers brought in a ton of new talent on the defensive line with the approach of an open competition for playing time and roster spots.
Wynn was part of the unit that failed so miserably to get to the quarterback last season. If he doesn't step up soon, his time in Green Bay might be running out.