McCarthy: Packers have ample depth at cornerback

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 15, 2016 – 11:01 am

160915-gunter-950GREEN BAY — The Packers have been down a few cornerbacks this week, but Mike McCarthy said he isn’t concerned about depth at the position.

The Packers Head Coach confirmed starting cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol following his fourth-quarter tackle in Sunday’s 27-23 win over Jacksonville.

The Packers already were without Hawkins (hamstring) going into Sunday’s opener and then lost second-year cornerback LaDarius Gunter near the end of the game due to cramping.

Asked during his Thursday morning news conference if the Packers had enough available cornerbacks, McCarthy answered in the affirmative.

“Yes, that’s the way we’re working,” McCarthy said. “So far, so good.”

If Shields isn’t cleared by Sunday, all three of the Packers’ second-year cornerbacks – Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Gunter – have experience playing outside.

Safety Morgan Burnett and defensive back Micah Hyde also can play either of the slot cornerback spots in the nickel and dime defenses, if needed.

“That’s why you practice,” McCarthy said. “These are things really when you go back to training camp and you’re installation phase. You have to have different combinations of personnel and ability to move guys around.”

McCarthy said he believes the Packers have moved past Sunday’s game in Jacksonville in terms of their recuperation after cutting a few minutes out of Wednesday’s practice. They practice on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

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