Over the next few weeks, we will break down each position on the Green Bay Packers' 2015 roster in detail, discussing each player and making our predictions for the final 53-man roster.
While the cornerback position underwent significant change this offseason, the Packers more-or-less stuck to the plan at safety. While the front office drafted Arizona State's Damarious Randall in the first round, he has practiced exclusively at corner and expects to remain there. Besides his selection, Green Bay didn't add a single safety since last year. That fact openly declares the team's intentions for the position in 2015.
Starters: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett
For the first time since the Super Bowl run in 2010, the Packers received uniformly competent play from their safeties last season. Rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix took hold of the starting free safety job midway through the year, and Morgan Burnett, too often weighed down in the past by the cavalcade of subpar safeties placed alongside him, broke out in a major way. The tandem returns in 2015 with the reasonable expectation of improvement, a scary proposition for the rest of the league.
Backups: Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo
After nearly allowing Sean Richardson to leave for Oakland, Packers general manager Ted Thompson elected to match a $2.55 million offer sheet. Richardson's main duties lie on special teams, but the defensive back should have a role in certain sub packages as well. Chris Banjo should carve out a similar niche for himself.