Rookie defensive back Casey Hayward has played so well in place of the injured Charles Woodson at the slot cornerback position that the Packers should consider putting Woodson at safety when he comes back next month.
That's the conclusion Pete Dougherty makes in his column (http://tinyurl.com/bhze9bd). Writes Dougherty:
"Sometime in the next few weeks, the 36-year-old Woodson will be back from a broken collarbone, and coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers must decide where to play him. The answer should be safety, so Hayward remains in the nickel cornerback position where he’s been a difference-maker in Woodson’s absence."
*Who would have expected backup inside linebacker Brad Jones to play so well in a starting role due to injuries? (http://tinyurl.com/bvwxg8r) Rob Demovsky writes that Jones has been solid in the middle of the Packers defense. “Brad Jones is a heck of a football player,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He always has been his whole time here."
*In our weekly Packers Q&A, Weston Hodkiewicz sits down with Ivy League product Greg Van Roten of Penn, who was on the verge of giving up football when the Packers invited him to training camp. (http://tinyurl.com/am99c5q).
*In our Packers notebook (http://tinyurl.com/a3nzj3h), outside linebackers Dezman Moses and Frank Zombo will be needed to fill the big shoes of Clay Matthews, who was ruled out of Sunday's Giants game.
*In his By the Numbers column, Eric Goska points out that Giants QB Eli Manning has been less than impressive on third downs this season (http://tinyurl.com/bfcnt9q).
*Demovsky's Packers Insider (http://tinyurl.com/avg8yl6) gives a Thumbs Down to the Packers running game, which won't get a boost anytime soon from the injured Cedric Benson. Writes Demovsky: "Benson, who sustained a Lisfranc injury in his left foot Oct. 7 against the Indianapolis Colts, said this week that he’s expected to see a foot specialist soon to determine when — or if — he can return this season.
When asked if he had a timetable to return, Benson said: “'No, I wish I did, but right now I don’t.'”