Camp Preview: By Numbers at CB

We look at one key player, one darkhorse, one new face and one player on the bubble, plus provide some numbers you might not know about the Packers' cornerbacks.

One key player: Charles Woodson is the heart, soul and key to the Green Bay Packers' defense. Just about everybody is replaceable to some extent in the NFL but the Packers simply don't have a cornerback with Woodson's physicality who can do what he does in the slot.

One darkhorse: Pat Lee never quite panned out as a second-round pick in 2008. But in a season in which players came off the bench and exceeded expectations on a regular basis, Lee did just that in the Super Bowl. In 22 snaps in place of the injured Woodson and Sam Shields, Lee allowed just one completion.

One on the bubble: Brandon Underwood would have been on the bubble under the best of circumstances. Running afoul of the law after getting his Super Bowl ring won't help his cause.

One new face: Davon House was selected in the fourth round out of New Mexico State. He intercepted 11 passes during his career and allowed 46.3 percent completions as a senior. "He's got everything physically that you can seek in a cornerback," director of college scouting John Dorsey said. "He is going to be lucky and blessed to have mentoring him a Charles Woodson, a Tramon (Williams), and Joe Whitt coaching him. He'll understand what it takes to be a winner, so I would expect him to buy into what we're trying to do here quickly and then begin to make strides. They say he's got the ‘want' to be a really good player. We'll see."

8: Career interception returns for a touchdown by Woodson since becoming a Packer, snapping a tie with the great Herb Adderley for the franchise record. His 10 career pick-sixes rank third in NFL history, with Rod Woodson (12) and Darren Sharper (11) ahead of him.

47: Number of turnover-producing plays involving Woodson during his five seasons in Green Bay — 30 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Woodson forced a career-high five fumbles last season.

43.8: Opponent passer rating in passes targeting Tramon Williams last season. Showing why critics question the quarterbacking know-how of Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger, they completed 5-of-17 passes at Williams during the playoffs, with Roethlisberger foolishly throwing at Williams instead of Pat Lee or Jarrett Bush on the Steelers' last-gasp play in the fourth quarter.

12: Number of penalties against Woodson; Nick Collins was second on the defense with just four. On the bright side, Woodson's gave up just three touchdowns, best among the Packers' top corners.

1: Number of penalties against Shields. Not bad for a rookie who spent his first three seasons of college ball playing wide receiver and entered training camp last summer seventh or eighth on the cornerback pecking order.

73.4: Percent of defensive snaps played by Shields in his 18 games. Shields' ability to cover allowed defensive coordinator Dom Capers to unleash Woodson in the slot, where he's a weapon because of his run defense and blitzing.

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