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Pay Attention to These Position Battles in the Green Bay Packers’ 2012 Preseason Finale: Fan’s Observation

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The Green Bay Packers will host the Kansas City Chiefs during their preseason finale on August 30, 2012. The Packers will be conservative with their starters. The Packers don't want to expose players to injuries. At the same time, they want to make sure that they're ready for a tough Week 1 game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 9.

Heading into the finale, the Packers have five position battles that stand out. The No. 2 quarterback is the battle that has gotten the most publicity. That doesn't mean that it's the most important.

Nickel Safety

The most-important position battle that's yet to be determined is nickel safety. When Charles Woodson moves to a slot cornerback position in a nickel defense, the Packers will need somebody to play alongside Morgan Burnett. The nickel safety is expected to play 75-percent of snaps this season.

The Packers have three players who could win that job. Those players are M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian and Anthony Levine. McMillian is strongest against the run. Jennings and Levine are stronger against the pass. For Levine, a strong showing could be the difference between winning a starting job or unemployment by August 31.

No. 2 Cornerback

The Packers are set with Tramon Williams as their left cornerback. However, the No. 2 cornerback is a three-way battle that includes Jarrett Bush, Casey Hayward and Sam Shields. Davon House would've probably won that job had he avoided his shoulder injury.

No. 2 Quarterback

Graham Harrell has struggled this preseason. Harrell has completed 32-of-63 passes for 261 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. The Packers need a strong No. 2 quarterback because they're very dependent on their pass offense.

Harrell should receive the majority (if not all) of snaps against the Chiefs. If Harrell flops again, the Packers may replace him with a veteran quarterback.

Reserve Offensive Linemen

The Packers have no quality depth on their offensive line. Unless Sampson Genus makes the team, Evan Dietrich-Smith would likely stay because he's the backup center. Reggie Wells, Andrew Datko and Don Barclay are also amongst the favorites to make this team as reserve offensive linemen.

No. 6 Wide Receiver

The Packers have the NFL's deepest receiving core. They have enough wide receivers to fill up an entire practice squad with serviceable NFL players. Jarrett Boykins, Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel and Dale Moss are amongst those who are fighting for a roster spot.

The Packers probably won't release Donald Driver. They've invested too much money into him. However, the Packers could retain a sixth wide receiver. Can any of them be significant contributors on special teams? That could play a major role in the decision.

Honorable Mentions: Brad Jones, Vic So'oto, C.J. Wilson, Phillip Merling

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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