The Green Bay Packers secondary has been in quite a quandary for the duration training camp, but it appears they’ll be getting a significant boost soon enough. After watching long-time defensive captain Charles Woodson depart this offseason, the cornerback depth took a significant hit that was only magnified with injuries to Tramon Williams and Casey Heyward, both of whom are expected to gets starter snaps along with Sam Shields this year.
Asked if he thought he’d be back on the field by Week 1 for the opener at San Francisco:
“I think so, I think so,” Williams said. “I’ve never really thought about that. I thought I’d be playing now. But I think so.”
Last season, Williams finished with 61 tackles, two interceptions and 16 break-ups.
As far as Heyward goes, after suffering a hamstring injury early in camp, he doesn’t appear to be close to returning to action. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that he’d have an idea about Hayward’s timeline next week:
“Casey is a very instinctive player, really smart player, obviously played very well as a rookie,” McCarthy said. “But there’s a big-time battle going on in the secondary, particularly at the corner position, so I think that’s probably his biggest concern.
Heyward had six interceptions and 21 pass break-ups in 2012 as a rookie.