One year ago the talk surrounding Quinten Rollins was that of an up-and-coming player. After a solid rookie season, the future looked bright and the former second-round pick had the look of a starter.
In 2015, the 5-11 corner from Miami Ohio intercepted two passes and broke up six others. The speedster who had played just one season of college football, started four games for Green Bay that season. He finished with 24 tackles and one sack.
Convinced with new-found depth at corner, the Packers allowed Casey Hayward to walk in free agency in the 2016 offseason. And with Rollins, Sam Shields, Damarious Randall and Ladarius Gunter, who could blame them.
Shields was a Pro Bowl corner and all three rookies played well in 2015. It looked like Shields, Rollins and Randall would be the Packers top-3 corners for years to come, with Gunter providing depth as the fourth, along with Micah Hyde, who is now also departed.
Unfortunately, in the NFL, nothing is a given. Rollins took a step back, in part due to injury. He simply wasn’t the same player and for whatever reason, his coverage skills were nowhere to be found, leading the Packers to invest in Kevin King and Davon House to try to shore things up.
Rollins and Randall were supposed to be the future at the position and now both of their roles with the Packers are very much in doubt. That’s why this training camp and this season is so important for both.
Something pretty drastic would have to happen for them to be cut. Both have shown some potential and each has the ability to contribute on special teams. Yet, the chances of either securing a long-term spot on the team…
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