The list is long, if not distinguished, of possibilities to take over at right tackle on the offensive line. Names like Giacomini, Barbre, Lang and Meredith look less like viable options and more like so many lottery tickets, ones that Ted Thompson has purchased in bulk in the hopes that one will pan out.
One thing is for sure, James Campen, who came under fire a bit last year for the uneven play of the offensive line, will have his work cut out for him molding a starting NFL tackle out of this group. It really makes me wish that Thompson had made his big trade back into the first round to grab the free falling Michael Oher, who ended up going to Baltimore with the 23rd pick, three spots before the Packers selected Matthews. What's done is done, of course, but grabbing Oher would have done two things - solidified the right side this year and solved the problem of replacing Clifton when his body finally gives out.
It will be, without question, the most scrutinized position battle in camp. Yes, outside linebacker and defensive end will be battles, but there's simply no way the offense will run anywhere near optimum level if the right tackle spot isn't sorted out. One need look no further than Tony Moll's stint there last season to see what the drop off from Tauscher could look like. It isn't pretty. Was Tausch having a Pro Bowl season? No. But after a shaky start, he was solid as always, and I think fans and perhaps even the team itself, may have taken his high level of play for granted.
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