Underwood came into training camp as the Packers nickel cornerback.
He played well during practice, but that didn’t carry over to the preseason games. Then he got hurt in the team’s third preseason game. Around the same time, rookie Sam Shields passed him on the depth chart.
When Underwood finally returned from his shoulder injury he was nowhere to be found. When Shields went down to injury earlier this season, the Packers chose to play Pat Lee in nickel and Jarrett Bush in their dime defense. Obviously, Underwood had fallen pretty far, pretty fast.
Last week, the Packers revealed Underwood had been moved to safety. While the coaches said the move was because of depth issues — both Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith have been banged up — it’s pretty clear the Packers aren’t enthralled with Underwood’s play at cornerback, despite what’s being said.
Not to mention that this past weekend, when Capers was using Dime quite a bit, Jarrett Bush was once again out there in front of a supposedly healthy and ready-to-go Underwood.
Who knows what’s going on behind the scenes. (Monty mentions his troubled history during college) But the kid’s fall from grace from the start of the offseason program, when McCarthy was calling him “the most improved” Packer, is pretty astounding.