Damarious Randall impresses in preseason debut

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Rookie cornerback Damarious Randall should get plenty of work against the Steelers.

Damarious Randall wasted no time getting his first NFL interception out of the way.

The Packers’ first-round pick picked off Steelers quarterback Landry Jones on the first offensive play of the second half, high-pointing a deep ball that was intended for receiver Martavis Bryant.

It might have only been the preseason, but it was a special moment for the 5-foot-11 cornerback.

“It was very, very exciting,” said Randall, who sat out of last week’s preseason opener in New England because of a groin injury. “Once I seen the ball, I knew the receiver was 6-5, I was like, ‘I need to go up and go get this ball.’ Either I was going to go up or he was going to go up and get it. I just went up and I made the play.”

It was one of four pass deflections the Packers were credited with. The other three belonged to undrafted rookie LaDarius Gunter, who continues to make a strong argument for a 53-man roster spot after picking off a pass against the Patriots.

With Micah Hyde replacing Morgan Burnett (personal matter) at safety, Randall, Gunter and second-round rookie Quinten Rollins all took turns rotating with outside veterans Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and the starting defense.

“I just think it’s great, great competition,” Randall said. “Everybody getting out there competing every day. If we can stay together for a long, long time, we’re going to be great.”

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