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Green Bay Packers’ Top 5 Position Battles in 2014 Training Camp

Green Bay Packers Training Camp 2014: Top 5 Position Battles

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Green Bay Packers
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In the coming weeks the Green Bay Packers will have to determine which players will start at some positions. While some positions have already been determined for the purposes of the depth chart, there are a few that are still up in the air. These are five spots that still need to have a true starter emerge over the next month during training camp.

5. Linebackers

Clay Matthews Julius Peppers Green Bay Packers
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5. Linebackers

Clay Matthews Julius Peppers Green Bay Packers
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With the addition of Julius Peppers earlier in the offseason, it is clear that the two main pass rushing linebackers will be him and Clay Matthews. Carl Bradford, the fourth0round pick from Arizona State, may be able to step up and make an impact at either inside or outside linebacker this season. Furthermore, veteran Brad Jones and fourth-year linebacker Jamari Lattimore are both itching for the chance to start at either of these positions.

4. Center

Corey Linsley Ohio State
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4. Center

Corey Linsley Ohio State
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Three linemen are after the starting center job. Corey Linsley, the Packers’ fifth-round pick from Ohio State, has been criticized for a lack of athleticism, but his impressive strength is what could earn him the position. Garth Gerhart went undrafted in 2012 and lacks size, but his hard working nature could help his chances. J.C. Tretter has a good chance at the starting job due to his overall athleticism and fluid, technically sound blocking.

3. Tight Ends

Brandon Bostick Green Bay Packers
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3. Tight Ends

Brandon Bostick Green Bay Packers
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Due to their experience last year after Jermichael Finley was injured, Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick are the front-runners for tight end jobs. They both stepped up and produced after Finley injured his spine. Bostick was also hailed by coach Mike McCarthy as the best of the team's blocking tight ends. Third-round pick Richard Rodgers and undrafted Colt Lyerla have a chance at the roster this year but will have to prove themselves.

2. Wide Receivers

Jarrett Boykin Green Bay Packers
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2. Wide Receivers

Jarrett Boykin Green Bay Packers
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While jobs are safe for Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, there are several more wide receiver slots to be filled. Jarrett Boykin is most likely going to be the third this year, due to his solid performance last year after Cobb's injury. Second and fifth-round picks Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis will be competing with Kevin Dorsey, Myles White and Chris Harper, all signed in 2013, for the remaining jobs.

1. Free Safety

Micah Hyde Green Bay Packers
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1. Free Safety

Micah Hyde Green Bay Packers
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Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings were unproductive last year. After Jennings departed for Chicago, Micah Hyde was widely believed to be the ideal replacement at free safety, but by drafting Ha Ha Clinton Dix in the first round, the Packers gave themselves an option. Hyde is the front-runner in this battle due to his year of experience, but Clinton-Dix is a smart and talented young safety who won't give up the job without a fight.