SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Charlie Peprah #26 of the Green Bay Packers slips a tackle from Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on November 6, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers' personnel moves during the offseason make it seem like a foregone conclusion that Charles Woodson is going to become an every down safety. The Packers released Nick Collins, didn't draft a safety in the first two days of the draft and didn't sign any free agents. They re-signed Jarrett Bush, traded up for cornerback Casey Hayward and signed more rookie free agent corners. Counting Woodson, there are nine cornerbacks on Green Bay's 90-man roster.
Charlie Peprah is -- surprise! -- a very competitive professional athlete. He's not going to accept Morgan Burnett and Woodson occupying the two starting safety spots. When asked about his role in the team and whether or not he expects to be the starter on the Packers' tailgate tour yesterday, Peprah said exactly what you want your players to say.
"As far as I'm concerned, I plan on it just because that's the way I view myself and my abilities ... They're always looking to replace you, coaches and players and staff alike. None of that stuff, you can't let it get to you. You just keep believing in yourself, keep pushing, keep working, and the rest will take care of itself."
I don't think Peprah is going to be the starter on Week 1, but this is exactly what I want to hear him say, regardless.