Packers training camp is just around the corner and fans are eagerly watching out for surprises. Bubble players will get cut, sleepers will turn heads and fans will get their share of excitmenet.
Per PackersWire, here's five under-the-radar players to watch for in training camp.
The converted wide receiver has as tough a climb as anyone. "Copying Sam Shields’ career arc (former Miami receiver converts to cornerback) has always made Waters an interesting player, but it’s probably time to start taking his NFL potential seriously. Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt set the stage for Waters to be one of the most intriguing players to watch in training camp, praising his on-going transition to cornerback and also comparing Waters to former Packers Pro Bowler Tramon Williams during minicamp."
Don’t be surprised. Like I told you back in ’09 about Tramon, how I said Tramon was the best cover guy we had, I think you guys said I was crazy at the time. This kid has that kind of ability. He does.
"The running back position in Green Bay will be flush with intrigue come training camp. Just don’t sleep on Mays once the pads come on and contact is finally allowed. The third of Green Bay’s three draft picks at running back, Mays is powerfully built and explosive in the lower body – making him an ideal candidate to make some noise once real football begins. He’s my early favorite to lead the Packers in rushing yards during the preseason."
"The Packers have as much depth at receiver as any position on the roster, especially after adding two late-round rookies, but don’t count out McCaffrey from the competition. Not only did the former Duke star catch everything thrown his way during OTAs and minicamp, but he should have a good grasp on the offense after spending the final month of last season in Green Bay and his length (6-2) and speed (4.36) are both NFL caliber. Don’t be surprised if McCaffrey makes the receiver battle even more difficult to determine this summer."
This is a man you likely don't want to mess with. But can his huge frame and skill-set translate to the NFL?
"He’s probably too light to contribute anything meaningful in 2017, but his incredible athleticism will almost certainly stand out during practices and late into preseason games. The process of getting Amichia ready to play in 2018 starts at camp in 2017."
"The Packers are going to look different at outside linebacker in 2017. New backups are going to play prominent roles, with Kyler Fackrell, Jayrone Elliott and Vince Biegel likely to inherit snaps left behind by Julius Peppers and Datone Jones. The Packers probably have room for at least one more edge rusher, and that’s where Gilbert – an undrafted free agent who spent all of 2016 on Green Bay’s practice squad – comes in. Could the Packers envision Gilbert playing the “Elephant” role? His size, strength and effort level could make him a decent edge-setter, but he’ll have to show progress once the pads come on in camp."
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