We’ve discussed cornerback Damarious Randall’s struggles this season ad nauseum. While he’s had some moments, the vast majority of the season has been a disappointment for the second-year player. The Green Bay Packers’ secondary has suffered because of it.
Randall has also dealt with injuries, something that, it was suggested, could be the reason for his decline in play.
But in the wild card round against the Giants, Randall turned in a solid effort. It was possibly his best game of the season, as he knocked down three passes and had a late interception.
This week, the health issue came up again and Randall suggested he finally feels right.
“The greatest I’ve felt after a game this whole entire year,” Randall said this week. “I don’t know [why]. My body is just starting to get back right, I guess.”
The biggest concern for a potential Packers’ playoff run has been the secondary. The biggest concern in that secondary is Randall.
If he can play like he did against the Giants, then the Packers have a shot to beat anyone with their high-powered offense. They probably still have a shot to bean anyone with that offense, but we’d certainly feel better about it if the defense isn’t giving up 30-odd points.
And that’s the thing about the playoffs. Teams who make runs are teams who have guys playing their best football of the season during that run.
Randall raising his level of play could help the Packers do just that.