Darnell Savage Getting Snaps at Slot Corner Seems Like A Good Idea
Green Bay Packers still have a few areas to solve for with their team. The obvious snicker is about the wide receiver position. But Green Bay needs to find a slot corner. Right now, they’re missing that part of their team. Tramon Williams might return in June or July. Desmond King could be a potential trade option. Logan Ryan is on the market but will likely be too expensive. One option based on a discussion Packers general manager had with Packers.com is moving Darnell Savage for a few snaps. I’m about this idea.
There is a fear about letting Savage off his strong safety spot, but the Packers can pick and choose their battles with this one. One of the things that the Packers’ young defensive star did well defending at the slot corner position in college. Savage received high praise from NFL Draft scouts about his work in the slot. Savage also picked off three passes working out of that position. This isn’t foreign territory for him. Packers would need to be crafty in who would play the role of strong safety.
The idea that you cannot move a player from his position seems ridiculous to me. There are many snaps in the NFL game. Playing Savage at the slot corner spot is not an end-of-game idea by the Packers. Or one where they could get exposure. It is more about working the key up-and-coming players into new roles. Green Bay’s defensive coordinator probably wanted him in the slot more last year, but they didn’t want to overload him in year one. Packers appear to have a vision with the slot corner than sadly doesn’t involve Williams.
If it’s not Savage, Green Bay has other guys willing to go in the slot. Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, Ka’Darr Hollman, or Chandon Sullivan could all get cracks in that area. For Jackson, it is a big make-or-break year for him as he failed to leave up to his potential. Speaking of which, Sullivan and Hollman are two guys I’d keep an eye in training camp. As for Savage’s safety position, this could explain why Will Redmond returned to the team. He could play Savage’s position if need be.
Savage excelled in year one at the strong safety position and there’s no reason to think he cannot do it again this year.