Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Packers shuffling their OTs?
By Tim Kavanagh
With all the hullabaloo about how the Green Bay Packers gave up a country mile of rushing yardage to the San Francisco 49ers in their season-ending loss in January, many forget how much of an issue the team's offensive line was this past season. One of the concerns as we look ahead to 2013 is how they'll fill the slots at offensive tackle, and it's very likely we could see a combination we've never seen before.
While the club is reportedly pleased with the development of Marshall Newhouse at LT, per Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel, they're going to give Bryan Bulaga a shot over there as well. Bulaga is recovering from a hip injury, but has done most of his work at the NFL level on the right side.
The player that replaced Bulaga at RT following the hip issue was Don Barclay, and he'd continue on as the backup RT if Bulaga sticks there, or serve as the starter if Bulaga shifts to LT (with Newhouse becoming the backup LT). The wild card in the situation is 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod, who is attempting to continue his NFL career after a broken leg that kept him out for the entirety of the 2012 campaign. Obviously, this is a situation that won't be resolved anytime soon, so we'll continue to check back all summer.