Green Bay’s Sam Shields and How He Slowed Down the Bears’ Jump-Ball Receivers

October 1, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Sam Shields arrived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. After three seasons at the University of Miami (Florida) as a receiver, Shields made the switch to defensive back. 
While not possessing great height, his arm length and athletic scores made it appear as though he'd have a promising future. For those reasons, he was ranked ahead of future NFL receivers like Kenny Britt, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, and Demaryius Thomas during the high school recruiting process.
The undrafted free agent stunned the league with his early performance, keeping his spot on the team. When Charles Woodson slowly phased out of his starting cornerback role to a hybrid safety, Sam Shields entered the starting lineup on a more consistent basis. He played well enough for the Packers to fork over a four-year $39 million contract this past offseason.
With an elevated salary in pocket, Shields should be able to compete head-to-head with the big boys in the l...

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