Jue re-adjusts to cornerback

Bhawoh Jue is back to where he started with the Green Bay Packers. The defensive back, who was an emergency fill-in for veteran LeRoy Butler late last season, has been practicing solely at cornerback this off-season with the Packers.<p>

At the same time Jue is keeping an eye on the strong safety position where he started the final seven regular season games after Butler suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

"The door hasn't been shut on it completely," said Jue. "There's always a possibility, even LeRoy (Butler) told me, ‘Keep looking at it.' You never know what's going to happen with guys. I might have to be ready to play quickly. Right now I'm concentrating on playing corner, getting my corner skills back, knock some of that rust off. If need be, I'll be ready to go back."

Jue began his rookie season strictly at cornerback behind veteran Tyrone Williams on the right side. After suffering knee and ankle injuries early in training camp last year, he began taking on responsibilities in the secondary when Allen Rossum and Antuan Edwards went down with injuries. But that was as a cornerback in the team's passing defenses.

When Butler suffered a chest injury during a game in October, the Packers slowly began to teach Jue the strong safety position as Butler played through the injury. When Butler went down with a broken shoulder blade against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 18, Jue's learning was increased double-time as he was forced into the starting lineup on Thanksgiving Day against Detroit.

Jue played well for Butler, gaining confidence with each game. But the Packers signed free agent veteran Billy Jenkins, then worked him into the starting lineup at strong safety for their two playoff games. Still, Jue finished last season with 39 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and four passes defensed.

"Now that I was out there, I don't want to come off," Jue said. "I'm in a situation where I have to learn whatever I can learn. Learn as much as I can. I got a taste of being out there. I know what it feels like now. That's going to drive me even more to get back out there, whatever it takes to be out there. It helps confidence-wise because I know I can play at that level now, but safety and corner are two different positions."

If Butler cannot make a comeback from his shoulder injury, Jue could be battling Edwards for playing time at safety next to Darren Sharper. If Butler comes back strong, Jue likely will be battling Williams for time at cornerback and play on special teams.


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