GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20: Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after he sacks Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 20,2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
As we've speculated here, it's looking more and more likely that Charles Woodson is going to be an every down safety in 2012. Nick Collins is gone, Charlie Peprah was average last season, Jerron McMillian is a rookie and the other players on the roster are almost equally untested. Woodson did an interview with ESPN Radio 540 in Milwaukee today, and he was asked about the potential move.
Here's what Woodson had to say, with quotes transcribed by the ESPN NFC North blog.
"I think that it comes down to what the other guys are going to be able to do as far as the cornerback position is concerned," Woodson said. "If one of those guys can take over that role and make the plays that need to be made at corner ... with Nick Collins leaving, [and if] they need me to play safety, I'm not opposed to that. But I think that we have to make sure that cornerback position is going to be solidified and we're comfortable with who is going to be out there at the corner."
This basically means that Davon House and Casey Hayward are not just trying to out-perform each other in training camp this season, but also Peprah, McMillian and M.D. Jennings. As a number of the commenters here have noted, it seems more and more like the Packers aren't terribly concerned with positional designations, and they're just going to put the best DBs on the field. Woodson and Morgan Burnett give them the flexibility to do that.