Best/worst case scenario for Packer safeties

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IAugust 5, 2008
For the second year in a row, we present our best and worst case scenarios for every player on the Green Bay Packers 80-man pre-season roster. We start with the safeties:
  • Nick Collins -- Collins has always been a solid but far from spectacular player. He's been a willing tackler but not a fierce hitter. He's been good in pass coverage but fails to make many interceptions. The best case scenario has him putting it all together in his fourth year and really, really breaking out. He has the talent. The worst case scenario has him losing his job to Aaron Rouse. If that happens, he's likely to stick around at least this year as a back-up, but he's unlikely to stick around Green Bay any longer in that type of role.

  • Atari Bigby -- Bigby has the potential to build off a solid first year as a starting player. There's the possibility he will pick up where he became the NFL's defensive player of the month in December and a huge, huge playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Pro Bowl is not out of line if he can play all year like that. Worst case scenario, he struggles in pass coverage but hangs onto his job. With how aggressive he is, I just can't see him losing hold on a starting position.

  • Aaron Rouse -- Rouse got the training camp started with a bang when he intercepted an Aaron Rodgers' pass in the end zone during the team's Family Night scrimmage. Rouse can steal the starting job from Nick Collins and lead the team in interceptions. On the other hand, he might the third safety off the bench and special teams contributor if he can't beat out Collins.

  • Charlie Peprah -- Peprah had a good training camp last year and has so far impressed again this year. He had perhaps the best performance of any Packer during the team's annual scrimmage when he was absolutely a ball magnet to add to his kamikaze style hitting. Best case scenario, he sees some time in dime packages and solidifies his spot on the team due to his continued improvement that demands playing time. Worst case scenario, he is on the 53 man roster but is inactive from week to week. I just can't see him not making the team.

  • Tyrone Culver -- Culver is a good guy to have around for training camp. He has knowlede of the defense and certainly isn't wasting anyone's time. With only four safeties ahead of him, he's likely only an injury away from making the team. Best case scenario, he makes the team, although it almost definitely will take an injury to do so. Worst case scenario, he's among the first round of cuts.

Come back tomorrow when we continue our best/worst case scenarios for the rest of the defensive backfield with the cornerbacks.

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