GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The battle for the two starting cornerback spots in the Green Bay Packers' secondary is down to just one available job. After weeks of consistent production and gaining the complete trust of the coaching staff, Sam Shields has played his way into the starting lineup.
"The way (Shields) has practiced and the way he's done it has been so clean, it'd be hard for me to believe that he's not going to be one of those two, if not the top one," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said Wednesday. "It'd be hard for me to believe that. Just the way that he's performed and the things that he's done."
Whitt initially hesitated before offering that response. He was the one who declared it an open competition several months ago. But there was no sense in Whitt holding off any longer on the decision to all but officially confirm Shields as one of the starters.
"I have 100 percent confidence in Sam's ability," Whitt said. "...