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Cheese Curds, 2/15: Safeties and Ty Montgomery need redefined roles for 2018

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The morning links make the case that the Packers need to put a few players in different positions for them to succeed next season.

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When the Green Bay Packers look at free agency in 2018, the secondary should be one of the team’s top priorities. Yesterday’s Cheese Curds examined the cornerback position a bit, and today we find some discussion about both that position and the team’s safeties.

The biggest-name free agent-to-be on the Packers’ roster is safety Morgan Burnett, and his return is anything but certain. Meanwhile, Josh Jones’ usage as a deep safety in the latter part of the 2017 season seemed to contradict the plans laid out for him in the offseason, forcing him into a role that did not appear to suit his skill set.

While Jones’ role needs to be clearly defined, the Packers have an intriguing question on the other side of the ball. The team did hit on a pair of draft picks for the offense, finding a spark with a pair of rookie running backs in the fall. That leaves a veteran runner with an unknown role, and it’s possible that he may make a transition back to the position that he played when entering the league. Especially with the wide receiver group appearing to need a shakeup, is the time right to move him back out of the backfield on a more regular basis?

Check out some of these arguments and more below.

Packers cornerbacks were the NFL’s worst in coverage in 2017 | Packers Wire
The Packers gave up a passer rating of 102.0 overall last year, but the cornerbacks' numbers sat even worse at 106.2. Granted, some good health would do this group good, but there probably still needs to be an infusion of talent there.

Packers take sobering step backward at safety position | Packersnews.com
It was a rough season for the safeties, to be sure. But how much of that was regression by the players versus poor usage by the coaches? Hopefully Mike Pettine will be able to get more out of this group in 2018.

Allen Robinson: Every team knows what I'm capable of - NFL.com
Robinson might be a great fit in Green Bay. His physical profile suggests that he would be more of a big, physical possession receiver than a burner, but his stats say otherwise. His 2015 season proved what he can do as a deep threat -- he averaged 17.5 yards per reception -- but he has never caught more than 60% of his targets over a full season.

Time could be right for Packers to move Ty Montgomery back to receiver - ESPN
The Packers certainly seem to have made a pair of hits in last year's draft with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. What role does that leave for Montgomery? Well, with a receiving corps in need of a jolt, perhaps his best option is to be more receiver than runner in 2018.

NFL offseason 2018: 7 star players who could be surprising cuts - SBNation.com
Mason Crosby is on this list? Sure, the Packers could save about $2.75 million in cap space by letting him go, but this is the first article that we've seen that has even mentioned Crosby as a potential casualty of the offseason.