20 men: It’s certainly not an easy clash for Ifetu Melifonwu against Rodgers, Davante Adams and the rest of the Packers’ offense at Green Bay. After a tough performance against New Orleans last week, the Packers will look to right the ship against a defense that ranks last in the NFL in points allowed after Week 1.
Rodgers is a veteran quarterback who will feast on a young cornerback if given the chance, just ask Jeff Okudah last year, who like Melifonwu made his first start at Green Bay versus Rodgers and the Packers.
What will be interesting for me is to see how defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn approaches this game. Will he travel with more experienced Amani Oruwariye, who is now Detroit’s best cornerback, along with Adams? Or will he let his corners play alongside.
Melifonwu was a third-round pick, and his athletic traits are off the charts at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds with a vertical of 41.5-inches and a speed of 4.48. The coaches love the way he has developed since coming here. However, there is really no substitute for experience, and it is something that he does not have much. I guess Glenn will try to put him in the best situations to be successful by giving him help and not leaving him on an island too often if he can help. We’ll see what the kid came over on Sunday.