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Packers mailbag: Damarious Randall vs. Quinten Rollins

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Each week, we'll take questions about the Green Bay Packers. They can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #PackersMail.

This week, we will discuss the following topics:

Let's get started:


Demovsky: It's a little bit of an unfair comparison only because Rollins had a head start over Randall, who was slowed early on by an ankle injury shortly after the draft, but in just about every practice that was open to the media during organized team activities and minicamp -- and from what I hear even in those that were closed -- Rollins has found a way to make at least one big play. The Packers are exploring which spots suit each player better. At this point, it looks like Rollins may be able to play both on the outside and in the slot, while Randall might be better suited to play only on the outside. However, let's not rush to any major conclusions. They haven't even put the pads on.


Demovsky: The best part is he doesn't have to be -- not with how well Clay Matthews played at inside linebacker in the second half of last season and not with how much they like Sam Barrington. I asked Ryan this week if he thought he could be an opening-day starter, and he answered frankly, saying "I don't know." Here's what we saw from Ryan so far: He looks like a natural in both coverage and as a blitzer. He got home for what would have been a sack in the last minicamp practice. But let's see how physical he plays and how well he tackles.


Demovsky: Based on offseason snap counts, you'd have to like Jeff Janis' chances. The second-year pro took almost all of Jordy Nelson's reps with the starters this offseason while Nelson was still recovering from hip surgery. However, don't count out rookie Ty Montgomery. We only saw him in two practices because he missed the early portion of OTAs while his alma mater, Stanford, was still in school, but he made an immediate impression. In his first practice, he caught several balls during a red zone period. He appears to catch it with ease and looks like he can operate in traffic.


Demovsky: That No. 3 running back spot could be one of the most competitive battles in camp. The Packers were definitely high on Crockett before his ankle injury, and Crockett said he expects to be fine by the start of training camp next month. Crockett will have to beat out Rajion Neal, who was impressive last summer as an undrafted rookie before a knee injury ended his bid for a roster spot.