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Cheese Curds, 6/21: Packers’ young defensive backs aim to give coaches tough decisions

Ka’Dar Hollman and Natrell Jamerson aren’t flashy names, but both could force their way onto the field this fall.

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The starting positions in the Green Bay Packers’ secondary appear to be mostly set already. At the start and end of training camp, the starters were essentially the same: Adrian Amos and rookie Darnell Savage, Jr. at safety with Jaire Alexander and Tramon Williams at cornerback. Add Kevin King in to the mix at corner and you have a solid top three at corner before even mentioning last year’s second-round pick in Josh Jackson.

But while each of those six players is a lock to get significant playing time on defense, there are plenty of exciting youngsters on the roster who will look to carve out niches for themselves in training camp. At safety, Raven Greene looks like a player who will contribute, and Tony Brown should be back for another go at corner. But in today’s curds, we look at a pair of young DBs who have limited expectations but who found ways to impress the coaching staff this spring.

Ka’Dar Hollman and Natrell Jamerson may play different positions on defense, but both are flashing the ability to make some noise later this summer. If they can make special teams contributions in addition to putting some good film down in the secondary, they’ll be serious candidates to win jobs on the opening-week 53.

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The rookie cornerback is carrying over the hardworking attitude that got him a scholarship at Toledo into his first NFL practices. Mike Pettine has complimented him on his abilities as a press-man corner, and Hollman looks likely to have a role as more than just a special teams player as a rookie if he keeps up his early progress.

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Jamerson was a starting safety as a senior in Madison and in his first notable NFL stop in Houston, but the Packers listed him as a corner when they claimed him last year. However, he played both positions in training camp, and could fit in at the old Micah Hyde hybrid slot corner/safety role.

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