New Packers left tackle Bryan Bulaga spoke with Packer Report over the weekend about the newly revealed changes along the Green Bay offensive line. “I was excited about it,” Bulaga is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “Obviously, I didn’t know that this was going to happen. This was just something that was brought to my attention. I was excited about it and very thankful for the opportunity, and I’m just excited to get going with it. I’m happy that in these IPWs (individual player workouts) and OTAs (organized team activities) that we can — me and Josh (Sitton) and Marshall (Newhouse) and T.J. (Lang) can get our footwork down and get used to the position switch. I’m very thankful that (Mike McCarthy) did it early so we can get used to things reversed, with right to left and left to right.” One under-the-radar item that comes as part of Bulaga’s move to left tackle is the potential pay increase he could receive after he becomes a free agent following the 2014 season. Left tackles are typically among the highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL and should he succeed, Bulaga could expect to be paid accordingly.
Reaction to the shift on the offensive line comes from Wisconsin State Journal columnist Tom Oates.
Undrafted rookie wide receiver Myles White was featured in an article appearing at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I looked at the Packers’ roster and they have a lot of big-guy, possession receivers,” White is quoted as saying by reporter Tyler Dunne. “I think I can go in there and be a burner, a guy who can flip the defense and catch 50-yard bombs. That’s what I’ve done my whole career.” No one is going to complain if White develops into a deep threat on the Packers roster, but considering he didn’t have a single reception over 50 yards his senior season, there’s reason to be skeptical that he can be that type of player in the NFL.
Diving deep on first round pick Datone Jones’ background is Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette who finds out that Jones never even played football until high school. “The only problem was Jones was strictly a basketball player,” writes Hodkiewicz. “It was the only sport he’d played since a third-grade teacher told his mom that she should check Jones out for hyperactivity.” The article gets into Jones being one of six children in his family and growing up in the rough Compton, Calif. neighborhood.
A Q&A with Datone Jones’ high school coach and college position coach comes from the Press-Gazette.
Safety M.D. Jennings spoke to JSOnline over the weekend about the position and how the Packers didn’t add any safety help during the draft.
Looking into how the Packers drafted two players who were arrested in college is Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The tight end position is analyzed post-draft at Acme Packing Company.
An article on newly drafted running back Johnathan Franklin appears at Packer Report.
Video: Former Packers offensive lineman Bill Ferarrio was a featured speaker at a banquet honoring high school scholar-athletes in Wisconsin…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” and editor of Cheesehead TV’s “Pro Football Draft Preview.” To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.