One of the stories that came out of OTA’s and minicamp this year was news that Randall has been practicing at the “star” or slot corner position. This bodes well for Randall and for a Packers defense that needs to find a replacement for the departed Micah Hyde. Randall is one of the more experienced cornerbacks on the roster and as a former first round pick, the Packers will not soon give up on him. Randall isn’t giving up on himself either and the slot position may just be the ticket.
Randall’s move to the slot is made possible in part by the return of Davon House and the drafting of Kevin King. Those two changes give the Packers
Damarious Randall played perimeter corner for 297 snaps last year according to Pro Football Focus in those snaps, he gave up a passer rating of 121.6 on the left side (254 snaps) and 124.0 on the right (43 snaps). This is not good as the highest passer rating is 158.3. Randall struggled on the perimeter…that much is true. But the numbers in the slot are significantly better. Randall only allowed a 61.5 passer rating in the left slot and a 66.0 passer rating on the right. This is more than serviceable, it is quite good.
Randall looks to have a bounce-back year and his health will help immensely. But the move to the star cornerback position may be just the ticket. Plus, Randalls explosiveness means the Packers may find a replacement to Micah Hyde and at the same time find exactly the right spot for a first round draft choice. All in all…it could pay dividends for a Packers defense that has to be better if they want to reach their ultimate goal.