Best/worst case scenarios for Packer cornerbacks
- Al Harris -- It was a confusing year for Al Harris. Most people will probably point to Harris' poor performance in the NFC Championship game in failing to adequately cover Plaxico Burress. But yet he made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. Harris had a solid season, but not exactly the type that gets you to the Pro Bowl. It's just another example in a long line that players get voted into the Pro Bowl long after they're due as sort of a career achievement. That being said, Harris is aging, but he's not yet at the point where his skills are severely diminished. Best case, he makes the Pro Bowl again, and actually has a Pro Bowl type of year to deserve it. Worst case, age catches up to Harris and there are more games like last year's NFC Championship. Although Harris certainly remains a starter no matter what.
- Charles Woodson -- If there's anyone who's been deserving of a Pro Bowl nod from the Packer secondary, it's Woodson. Ever since coming to the green and gold, he's been a solid, solid player. Remember his touchdown in the Washington Redskins game last year that turned the tide? He's been among the team's leader in interceptions in his three years in Green Bay, and there's no reason to think that he can't continue to do so based upon his performance in training camp practices so far this year. Best case, Woodson gets the Pro Bowl nod he deserves while being among the NFL leaders in interceptions. Now that punt returns are out of the picture, he can focus on defense. Worst case, Woodson has a solid year but fails to generate turnovers.
- Tramon Williams -- Williams just seemed to get better last year as the season wore on. He's the favorite to win the nickel back job once again, although a hip flexor injury early in training camp slowed him a little bit. Thankfully, he returned the playing field on Sunday for the annual Family Night scrimmage where he'll hopefully stay. Best case, Williams nails down the nickel and return duties all season long while becoming the favorite to replace either Harris or Woodson in the starting lineup when they move on. Worst case, Williams makes the team but struggles in pass coverage so much that the team is forced to make a change at the nickel spot.
- Jarrett Bush -- The ultra-athletic Bush let an opportunity slip through his hands last year when he lost grip on the nickel job he earned at the beginning of last season. Long completions made to the receivers he was covering were the main culprit. If Bush can learn from his mistakes, he can improve, but he's running out of chances. Best case, he earns playing time whether it's in the nickel or the dime due to improved play. Worst case, Bush is cut after the last preseason game when the team decides he just doesn't have as much upside as Williams, Will Blackmon or Pat Lee.
- Will Blackmon -- Blackmon certainly has value as a return man if he can stay healthy, but he has to prove he's more than just a return specialist if he's going to make the team. No one is expecting him to start or even play in the nickel defense as long as he can be a big special teams contributor, but he must at least become a reliable backup cornerback if they have to call on him. Best case, Blackmon is the primary return specialist and the Packers show they trust him enough to play once in a while on defense. Worst case, Blackmon gets injured once again and the Packers are forced to put him on injured reserve.
- Patrick Lee -- The rookie has had an up and down training camp thus far, but it's early. The encouraging part is that he had a solid performance in the team's intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday. If he plays like that, he'll push for playing time. Best case, it doesn't happen right away, but Lee forces the Packers' hand by eventually stealing away the nickel job by mid-season all the while being a special teams contributor. Worst case, Lee shows he's just not ready for action when the Packers keep him inactive on the 53 man roster nearly every gameday.
- Joe Porter -- Only injuries would somehow keep Porter around. Best case scenario, the Packers keep Porter around for one more season on the practice squad. Worst case, Porter is the first player out the door when the Packers have to make room on the 80 man roster for any players brought in via trade for Brett Favre or the addition of a defensive tackle.
- Condrew Allen -- Allen is already on injured reserve meaning his season is done. Best case, the Packers keep him there all year giving him a shot next season. Worst case, the Packers give him some sort of injury settlement and he's gone for good.
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