For the players fighting for a spot on the Green Bay Packers' roster, special teams often will be the difference. With just three competitive practices remaining in training camp, jobs will be won and lost during the three preseason games.
"I think you get a little feel. I think it’s starting to settle in," special teams coordinator Ron Zook said on Thursday of his special-teams depth charts. "You’re (still) in the experimenting phase. What you want to do is you want to find out if certain guys, can they play more than one thing or are they able to do more than one thing? A lot of times, that’s how you get depth. If a guy can play three or four different positions in a phase, then it gives you an opportunity to have some depth when injuries and so forth begin to happen."
Zook worked on his kickoff-return, punt-return and punt units on Wednesday and kickoff, punt and punt-return units on Thursday. The chart below shows who was on the No. 1 kickoff return on Wednesday and the No. 1 kickoff, punt and punt return on Thursday. Only Chris Banjo, Sean Richardson and Jayrone Elliott were on all four units.
"We’re trying to make sure we know as much about everybody as we possibly can because I have no idea what’s going to happen," Zook said of the roster. "We’re just trying to get them prepared, and the guys that are here, we just continue on. I think that Coach McCarthy has made the statement that we’re going to play our best players. If you get guys that are veterans or guys that are starting on offense or defense and they’re able to help you on special teams, it’s a play that can completely change a game, so you need to make sure you’re playing with guys that are not going to lose the game for you."