It has come back to this. After a failed one-game experiment with Jarrett Bush in the starting lineup at cornerback this season, my guess is that the Green Bay Packers' defensive coaching staff has learned their lesson. At his best, Bush has shown himself to be a marginal backup corner while excelling on special teams. At his worst...well, let's not go there.
With that in mind, it is always admirable for players to set lofty goals for themselves, but Bush's goal for this year appears awfully lofty:
Talked to #Packers CB Jarrett Bush. Hasn't been asked abt playing safety; says he could. Focused on winning starting CB/nickel job.— Justin Felder (@Justin_Felder) May 14, 2013
That would appear to be a very tall order for Bush in the 2013 season. In order to earn even the starting nickel cornerback job, Bush would have to impress the coaches enough to eclipse Davon House and one of the other three cornerbacks. Considering the fact that Casey Hayward and Sam Shields both played excellent ball last year and Tramon Williams is still not far removed from an All-Pro caliber season, I don't see that happening.
My hat is off to Bush for setting a high goal, but it seems nearly impossible based upon what we know of his abilities.
Of secondary importance in that tweet is that Bush has not been asked to play safety, despite the team's lack of depth at the position. Currently, there are only five players at the position (four of whom were on the roster last season, plus second-year player Chaz Powell). One could jump to the conclusion that Bush would be more valuable to the team as a special-teamer and a backup safety than at cornerback, which is arguably the deepest position on the team.
Time will tell what role Bush plays on the 2013 Packers, but his goal of starting at corner seems highly unlikely at this point.
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