Packers Training Camp Battles: Morgan Burnett vs. Atari Bigby

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIJuly 13, 2010

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 28: Safety Morgan Burnett #1 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates a victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game December 5, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Strong Safety Atari Bigby is the one starter in Green Bay's secondary who has yet to make a Pro Bowl. It now appears he will have to worry about that title, as Bigby may not be the starter come this season.

When the Packers moved up in the thid round of the NFL draft to select Lil' Wayne look alike and ball-hawking safety Morgan Burnett out of Georgia Tech, it should have sent a message to Bigby.

Instead, he refused to sign his RFA tender and missed all of the offseason work outs.  In that time, he may have already lost his job.

Bigby is often hurt, and is very inconsistent when he does play. The Packers hope to change that by supplanting Burnett into the starting role.

Burnett already seems to be the more intelligent player, which says a lot for a rookie.

He also racked up 14 interceptions in three seasons at GA Tech, two shy of Willie Clay's record of 16 set back in 1991, a number which took Clay accumulated over four years.

Pairing Burnett with Nick Collins at safety could be an interception machine in the making. As if they weren't already. 

Come training camp, we will see who has the early edge on the job. Preseason play will factor in as well.

If Morgan Burnett is truly an upgrade in the secondary, the defense will shine in 2010.  Also, having Bigby as a back up is better than any back up safety Green Bay has had in awhile.

There are other position battles to focus on come training camp, such as at punter and left guard, but this may be the most fun to watch.

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