Second-year pro M.D. Jennings has taken almost all of the reps at safety when defensive coordinator Dom Capers has used his No. 1 nickel package.
But there was still some thought that rookie fourth-round pick Jerron McMillian might get a shot at that job.
Yet when Jennings missed practice today for personal reasons, it was Anthony Levine who got the first-team work at safety.
Though he’s listed as a first-year player, Levine has spent the better part of the last two seasons on the Packers’ practice squad. The 25-year-old from Tennessee State spent all 16 games of the 2010 season on the practice squad and the final nine games of last season there as well.
“I thought Anthony Levine played very well in the San Diego (preseason) game,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’d like to see him stack the success that he had of last week, but Anthony’s been with us for some time and showed a lot of range, a lot of athletic ability, and he’s doing a nice job.”
Charles Woodson will play that safety spot in the base defense but then moves to the slot cornerback position in the sub packages. When asked if that job was still open, McCarthy said: “All spots are wide open. You know what you can do with that depth chart. It takes the full training camp to decide the way your 53 man roster is going to come out. There’s a lot that goes into it. There’s special teams. There are a lot of guys rolling for reps at the safety position.”
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