Friday, May 3, 2013
BBAO: Big changes for Packers' O-line
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning. It's the Friday after draft weekend, which means rookie minicamps in some NFL locales (including Minnesota) and a deep breath in many others. But rarely do you see this kind of news emerging on May 3 in the NFL.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has revealed and confirmed a major shakeup of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that he has moved Bryan Bulaga to left tackle after three years on the right side while also flipping guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang. Sitton will now play left guard next to Bulaga, while Lang will play next to an undetermined right tackle. Marshall Newhouse, Don Barclay and Derek Sherrod will compete for that job.
McCarthy said earlier this offseason that he wanted better play from the left side of his line, so in effect he has moved his two best linemen to that side.
I'll have more on this story in a bit, but for now it should be clear that the key to all of this is Bulaga, who was a left tackle at Iowa and was drafted as such in 2010 but has hardly practiced there since. He also missed the final seven games of the regular season last year because of a hip injury. At the very least, if the Packers are going to have a problem position, they want it to be on the right side and not the left.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Upon his retirement, former Packers cornerback Al Harris said he is confident "I emptied my tank." More from Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Harris considers Lambeau Field "a special place to play football," notes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- A big part of the Minnesota Vikings' rookie minicamp, running Friday through Sunday, is the education of receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com explains.
- The public will be given tickets to attend the Vikings' stadium design reveal Monday night, notes Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. (Unless, of course, the design appears on the website of a Jacksonville television station first.)
- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is donating $250,000 to his former high school, notes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
- The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with two more draft choices, notes ESPNChicago.com. Fourth-round linebacker Khaseem Greene and seventh-round receiver Marquess Wilson both have deals.
- The Bears have fallen behind in the mythical race to sign draft classes, however. According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Ravens have signed six members of their class.