The Green Bay Packers' 2015 draft class was a bit of a surprise. After losing cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House to free agency, fans expected the team to draft a cornerback, maybe two, over the course of the 2015 NFL Draft. Few thought that they would go back-to-back with corners in the first two rounds.
Both of those players, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, had their moments in the sun last year - Randall made a few critical and timely interceptions after assuming the starting role late in the year, while Rollins picked off a pair of passes in an early-season game against the Rams. Each of them found the end zone once as well.
This year, Rollins is going through the offseason with his eye on the Packers' primary slot corner job. Sure, Micah Hyde is still around and LaDarius Gunter has been getting snaps inside, but Rollins might have the best pure instincts and ball skills of any of them. It should be exciting to see how he continues his development after playing just one year of college football - unfortunately, that development is slightly stunted this spring thanks to an injury he suffered on day one of OTAs.
In today's curds, we find Rollins speaking to reporters, plus some items about the Packers' veterans and some players who could contribute on special teams.
Julius Peppers keeps climbing the charts | Packers.com
Peppers is ninth on the all-time sack list, but if he has another typical season of 7 or more sacks, he'll pass John Randle, Richard Dent, Jason Taylor, and Michael Strahan to end up in fifth place.
Packers have plenty of return options | JSOnline.com
It's funny that a year after being concerned about being down to their third or fourth option on kickoff returns, the Packers now feel like they have as many as five or six players who can be big-play guys on kickoff returns and another three or four who can do the job on punts.
Rollins: 'Slow progress' from finger injury | Packersnews.com
The Packers' second-round pick from 2015 probably will not do much until training camp starts, thanks to his dislocated finger, but he is primed to take another big step forward in his second season.
After decade in Mike McCarthy's system, Aaron Rodgers hits books - ESPN
Apparently McCarthy made some bigger changes than usual to his offense this year, which had Rodgers studying harder and longer than in the last few offseasons.
Handicapping Contributions by Packers Rookies in 2016 | Cheesehead TV
Jersey Al looks at the chances each of this year's rookies have of making starter-level contributions versus being in a rotation or just an emergency fill-in.
Brock Osweiler would be at White House if not for OTAs - NFL.com
This is the opposite of what Packers linebacker Lerentee McCray did - Osweiler passed up the trip in order to practice, while McCray went on the trip instead of attending OTAs.