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Packers hesitant to idea of moving Charles Woodson to safety

Would create a void at cornerback Brad Biggs

Print This January 18, 2012, 09:56 AM EST

The Green Bay Packers could consider moving Charles Woodson to safety next season if Pro Bowl performer Nick Collins cannot return from a neck injury.

But that isn’t necessarily the first choice as Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains. The Packers shied away from making that move this season when Collins was lost because they didn’t want opponents picking on Sam Shields, who would have replaced Woodson at cornerback. Instead, they used Charlie Peprah to fill in for Collins.

If the Packers move the valuable Woodson, they create another problem.

"Then you have to decide who you put in outside," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. "One thing about Charles out there at corner, people if they're going to try to run the ball out there, they're always going to try to crack (on the linebacker) and make that corner try to tackle.
 

"It doesn't take long for people to say, 'OK, who are we going to make tackle?' We don't worry about Charles."

Shields stood out as an undrafted rookie a year ago but didn’t play as well this season, exposed by some poor tackling. He still has a bright future but might not be ready to step in as a starter right away

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