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Notebook: Written exams help cornerbacks get heads in the game

9:58 PM, Nov. 2, 2013
Green Bay Packers cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams have played nearly every defensive snap this season. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams have played nearly every defensive snap this season. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
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When you play cornerback for the Green Bay Packers, game day isn't the only time you're tested on your knowledge of the defense.

During the final practice day before a game, Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt administers what he refers to as a "pre-test" for an upcoming game. The game itself serves as the final exam.

The tests are given in a three-page format. The first is usually eight questions on an upcoming opponent's tendencies. The second part consists of matching 21 opponent formations to defensive calls. The final third is another eight more questions on matching coverage ...

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