One of the questions I've been asked with great frequency over the course of the last three days is what the Packers plan to do behind Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk at inside linebacker.
While its understandable that fans see the departures of Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar and worry about the depth at the position, there's no need to panic three days into camp. I've seen people go so far as to say the Packers have "nothing" behind Hawk and Bishop, which seems awfully premature. Robert Francois is entering his second year with the team after bouncing back and forth between outside and inside linebacker during last years camp. Cardia Jackson, who signed to the Packers practice squad last December after being in camp with the Rams, was Francois' running mate inside on Monday night with the second string defense and more than held his own.
Its surprising to me to see fans be so dismissive of a set of players after watching guys like Sam Shields and Frank Zombo have the seasons they had last year in this defense. I am in no way shape or form saying either Francois or Jackson can step in right now and play the way Zombo did, let alone Sam Shields. I do think we need to let them - and others - get a few weeks of camp under their belts and watch them in a couple of preseason games before declaring that the Packers have "nothing" behind their starters at inside linebacker.
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