One of the position battles that is and will continue to be a heavy focus in Green Bay is at safety. Entrenched in one starting role is Morgan Burnett, who enters his fourth season and appears poised to take a step forward in becoming one of the team’s best defensive players. The other safety position is still up for grabs amongst Jerron McMillian, M.D. Jennings and Sean Richardson. This week, the team also signed undrafted free agent David Fulton from Chowan University (in North Carolina for those wondering).
With safety having been one of the team’s bigger needs heading into last month’s draft, the question seemed to be not “if” but “when” they would address the position. Among the top prospects were Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro, LSU’s Eric Reid, Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien and Florida’s Matt Elam. Surely one of those would be available when Green Bay picked at the 26th spot. That pick came and went, along with 10 others, and not one safety was selected.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has had a knack for standing pat at a position that he feels already has the depth and talent necessary to be effective. In 2010 and after starting running back Ryan Grant went down early in the season, the team seemingly needed another option. Marshawn Lynch and DeAngelo Williams were both rumored to be available via trade. Instead, Thompson stuck with the rotation of Brandon Jackson, John Kuhn and James Starks. It’s no secret, by now, that Thompson prefers his own players and to develop them versus playing in free agency year in and year out. It appears that the Packers are, once again, exercising that mindset at safety.