New Position for Shields?

It's possible as the fallout continues from the free-agent departures that struck the secondary.

The winds of change continue to blow through the Green Bay Packers’ cornerback corps.

For every game over the last three seasons, Tramon Williams has lined up as the left cornerback. Because most quarterbacks are right-handed and drop back facing right, most passes go to the right — the left side of the defense.

Without Williams and with uncertainty throughout the rest of the Packers’ cornerback corps, position coach Joe Whitt is tinkering with Sam Shields at left cornerback. That’s where he lined up during Thursday’s organized team activity.

“I tried that a couple years ago,” Whitt said on Thursday. “I moved him to the left when we played San Fran. I want to say all but two of his interceptions have come from the right side, so pretty much that’s why I’ve left him on the right side. But most of the quarterback’s vision is to the left. We’re just looking to see, with a new group of guys, playing him over there. That doesn’t mean he’s going to play over there because most of his production has come from the right side. When he matches guys, he does move around. We’re just looking at something right now. This is the time when you see what you can do and what you can’t do.”

Since the start of the 2010 season, Shields ranks third in the NFL with 20 interceptions.

Without Casey Hayward, second-year player Demetri Goodson was at right cornerback. Micah Hyde, as he did for most of last season, manned the slot in the nickel package. Goodson didn’t play a snap on defense last season and played in only six games.

“He’s gotten better,” Whitt said of Goodson, a sixth-round pick last year who started 13 games at Baylor after starting at point guard for two seasons at Gonzaga. “As a group, we’ve got a long ways to go but he’s gotten better. I need to see more. I need to see more but I’m happy with what he’s done. He works hard, he challenges routes.”

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