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At safety, Woodson sees Packers go 'young'

May 27, 2013 -- 3:12pm
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Morgan Burnett is at the forefront at safety with Charles Woodson now in Oakland.

GREEN BAY – At 36 years old and coming off his second broken collarbone in three years, Charles Woodson was too old for the Green Bay Packers’ tastes. And that’s why the Packers’ depth chart at the safety position without Woodson, whom the team released Feb. 15, looks so young.

That’s what Woodson himself sees. Now with the Oakland Raiders, Woodson visited Green & Gold Today on last week and gave his scouting report on the Packers’ remaining safeties: Fourth-year man Morgan Burnett, third-year player M.D. Jennings and second-year men Jerron McMillian and Sean Richardson.

Burnett, who missed 12 games as a rookie in 2010 with a season-ending knee injury after he won the starting safety job as a rookie third-round pick, is the most experienced of the bunch with 36 career regular-season starts. When Woodson missed nine games last season with the fractured collarbone, Jennings started in his place, but he and McMillian played almost exactly the same number of snaps at 600-plus snaps apiece.

“They’re young. I mean, Morgan’s still young. M.D., Jerron – they’re young. And (the Packers) decided that that’s what they want to do,” Woodson said. “With those guys, I think the important thing is that now, they’ll get the experience as being one of those guys as being the starter and being a full-time starter.

“I guess you never know what you’ve got until you’re thrown in the fire. So those guys will be thrown in the fire and they’ll be expected to perform.”

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