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When you play behind Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, it's hard to get the credit you deserve. But Sam Shields is ready for stardom. Undrafted out of Miami, Shields used an incredible preseason and training camp last year to become the Packers third cornerback.
Last season, Woodson was used all over the field, combining roles of a traditional cornerback, linebacker and safety. When playing corner, he mostly lined up in the slot against a slot receiver or a tight end. This allowed Shields to play outside opposite Williams. Shields usually saw plenty of action against opposing teams second best receiver.
This preseason, Shields has played fairly well, but definitely would have benefited from the Packers offseason program. Against the Colts, he was matched up with Reggie Wayne on plenty of snaps. He battled away and gave up four catches for 33 yards.
The biggest moment of Shields young career came in the NFC Championship, as his interception sealed the deal and carried the Packers into the Super Bowl. Shields has big-play ability and looks to continue his success in the 2011 season.
Shields has all the gifts to become a star corner in the league, and paired with Williams, they are a dynamic duo that should dominate the league for years to come.