GREEN BAY – First-round draft choice Bryan Bulaga played the entire Tuesday morning practice at left guard on the second-string offensive line.
Select veterans such as Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher were given Tuesday morning off as part of the one practice per day plan during two-a-days.
As such, it was surprising to see Bulaga line up at left guard given Mike McCarthy's answer at yesterday's press conference. The final question of the day directed at the head coach was, "Is Bulaga still the primary backup at left tackle?"
"Yes," was McCarthy's one-word answer.
The way Tuesday morning's practice played out spoke volumes how seriously the Packers are considering starting Bulaga at left guard.
The rookie, no doubt, would have played with the first-string offense without Clifton if this was a game, but this wasn't a game. It was practice in which the Packers made a conscious decision to give Bulaga extra experience at left guard at the expense of more repetitions at left tackle.
The Packers could have kept Bulaga at left tackle through this morning's practice and then returned him back to left guard this evening when Clifton is likely set to return, but they chose not to do so.
Following yesterday's practice, Bulaga said he thought he would still be getting repetitions at left tackle.
"I think I'm still backing up Chad so I'll be, from what I know, I'll be working at both," said Bulaga.
Lining up from left to right on the first-string offensive line this morning was Allen Barbre, Daryn Colledge, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton and Breno Giacomini.
This morning's second-string offensive line consisted of Marshall Newhouse, Bulaga, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Nick McDonald and T.J. Lang from left to right.
Bulaga said yesterday he's just happy to get an opportunity to start.
"It's an opportunity," said Bulaga. "Just the way things are working out right now, they're giving me the opportunity to compete at the left guard spot, and I'm trying to take advantage of it as much as I can."
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