Now that we are into July, NFL training camp is just a few weeks away. This means the battles in camp now begin to take focus. Here is a look at the Packers 2015 training camp battles.
Fullback- Yes, I know, we love John Kuhn. However it is on the wrong side of 30 and will be paid 900 large if the Packers chose to keep him. They drafted Ripkowski in the sixth round, using a practice squad position or a backup position on a fullback is unlikely. This is one of those loser leaves town scenarios. My money (And that is just a figure of speech, I'm not betting on this at all) is on the rookie, based on how the Packers operate.
Third running back job- Right now, the Packers have maybe the best one-two punch in the league at the running back position in Eddie Lacy and James Starks. However, the third running back position is wide, WIDE open. All three, Alonzo Harris, John Crockett, and Rajon Neal all have a fair chance and as good of a chance as the other. Neal has a full year in the Packers system under his belt, which makes him the leader, but that doesn't mean much.
Fourth wide receiver- Last year it was the third wide receiver job that was the battle here. Devonte Adams won the job and has a great rookie season. Jarrett Boykin, his challenger, battled injury issues and is now in Carolina. Now it is the fourth wide receiver position that is up for grabs. The candidates are rookie Ty Montgomery, second year man and preseason hall of famer Jeff Janis, Jared Aberderis, and Myles White, who has an outside chance. From what I understand, the coaches want to bail on Aberderis, which leaves us with just Janis and Montgomery as I don't believe White is a serious contender. Jeff Janis has a longer leash than most other players in his position because 6'4”, 220 pounds, and a 4.42 40 time doesn't grow on trees. He showed great promise a year ago and is being banked on to take a serious step forward.
Third cornerback job- I expect that Shields and first round draft choice Damarious Randall will start. After that, the third corner back job is a two man battle between rookie Quinten Rollins, and Casey Hayward. Casey Hayward showed great promise as a rookie a few years ago but injuries have derailed him. It's now or never, and with his already there physical limitations, I expect the rookie with the through the roof ceiling, Rollins, to get the job.