Friday, August 20, 2010
BBAO: Bryan Bulaga making run at LG
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Among the many interesting angles playing out in these final weeks of August is the short-term future of the Green Bay Packers' first-round draft pick, offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga. Whereas many of us figured he was due for a so-called redshirt year behind left tackle Chad Clifton, there is growing anticipation that he could beat out left guard Daryn Colledge for a Week 1 starting job.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com writes that Bulaga will get "every opportunity" to win the job. You figure the Packers' coaches wouldn't have subjected him to learning a second position if they thought he was a long shot to play there. This has the feeling of a job coaches want a player to win, and you know how that goes.
Bulaga: "Like I've said this entire time, none of these guys come here to play behind someone. Everyone wants to be on the field and play. That's what makes a team great: Guys push each other to get competition. It feels good to have an opportunity to get on the field and win a job, and if I don't, then I wasn't the best guy for the spot and that's just the way it's going to be."
Look for Bulaga to get first-team work at left guard in Saturday night's preseason game at Seattle.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- The Packers are adding to their options for the slot receiver position, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji has been "sound" and "capable" during training camp, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. But Dougherty adds: "Anyone looking for the No. 9 pick overall in the 2009 draft to take off as a dominant defender in training camp of his second NFL season will be disappointed."
- The Star Tribune has details on Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin's collapse Thursday at practice.
- Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Perhaps no one is more eager to reconnect with Vikings quarterback Brett Favre than wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who was an afterthought in 2009 as Minnesota's passing game became a big-play machine."
- The Vikings are attempting to work out free-agent receiver Brandon Jones, who also was scheduled to visit Seattle, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- Defensive end Lawrence Jackson sees a big opportunity following his trade to the Detroit Lions, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- The Lions claimed veteran safety David Roach on waivers, notes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has the story of Lions linebackers coach Matt Burke, who did a 440-foot bungee jump during a trip to New Zealand this spring.
- Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has some difficult decisions to make soon, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
- Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the offensive line is the team's biggest question mark this summer, according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Rookie quarterback Dan LeFevour should get plenty of snaps in the Bears' preseason game Saturday against Oakland, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune summarizes the Bears' training camp on the occasion of its final open practice.