Burks appeared to be in line for a key role after being drafted by Green Bay in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but ultimately failed to carve out a starting role behind Antonio Morrison and Blake Martinez. Gutekunst downplayed Burks' struggles as "typical rookie stuff, growing within the defense, understanding it from an instinctual standpoint," and said that "it takes time in the NFL to really feel comfortable within the defense." With Morrison having been waived prior to the start of free agency, Burks is set for a sharp increase in workload after only playing 122 defensive snaps during his rookie season.
The Packers were hoping to use Burks frequently in coverage, but the team decided he was not ready for a key role just yet. The Packers will undoubtedly be looking for more from Burks in 2019 after taking him in the third round last year.
Burks played sparingly on defense in both Weeks 8 and 9, but he was held out of the game plan entirely against the Dolphins. At least for the time being, consider Antonio Morrison the Packers' No. 2 option at the inside linebacker position behind Blake Martinez.
The rookie third-round pick will make his NFL debut. However, the team announced it would use Burks in a limited role in order to minimize the risk of him aggravating his shoulder injury, so expect him to play mainly on special teams in Week 3.
Burks will play in Sunday's game against the Redskins but will primarily be used on special teams, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
The rookie was cleared for full practice this week after Burks missed the first two games of the season with a shoulder injury. However, it appears the Packers aren't willing to throw Burks back into full action immediately, which is somewhat surprising given that he is listed as a starter on the team's depth chart. Nevertheless, expect Burks to have a chance to make a significant impact on defense once Week 4 rolls around.
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