The Green Bay Packers used a second-round pick to draft cornerback Quinten Rollins in 2015. But after suffering a torn Achilles which prematurely ended his year in 2017 coupled with the Packers stocking up on corners this offseason, he suddenly finds himself in danger of not making the team this season.
Rollins realizes that this is just how things work in the NFL, though, and isn’t getting too worked up emotionally over his situation.
“That’s just the nature of the business,”
Rollins said per Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s part of football. You’re always trying to find the next person up. I understand the business. You can’t get your feelings tied up in that.”
Rollins is still on the road to recovery from that serious injury. He says he feels good and is back practicing on a limited basis. But he’ll need to make a bit more progress in the coming months to convince the Packers to keep him around.
Green Bay suddenly has a crowded cornerback depth chart after adding some this offseason. They took Jaire Alexander in the first round and Josh Jackson in the second. Those two join 2017 second-rounder Kevin King, as well as veterans Tramon Williams and Davon House as the frontrunners to make the team.
Rollins has played 33 games (15 starts) in his three seasons in Green Bay, with three interceptions, 85 total tackles and 176 passes defended. He’ll have an uphill battle on his hands to remain in Green Bay. But even if he does get cut, he’s bound to find another team if he can prove he’s adequately recovered from that Achilles injury. That’s just the nature of the business in the NFL.