For two years, Breno Giacomini has been the great enigma of the Packers. Reportedly high on upside, he has managed to make the team out of camp the past two seasons, contributing nothing on the field in the process.
Breno's constant spot on the 53 man roster is perhaps only surpassed by the year after year retention of Jarrett Bush and his play which can only be described as terribly ineffective.
Not much was expected of Giacomini heading into 2010. with the incumbant Clifton and Tauscher resigned, and TJ Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse, and even Allen Barbre all on the roster, holding Giacomini, a non-factor the past two seasons, seemed highly unlikely.
Two things happened on June 2 that may have changed the fate of Giacomini. The first is the fight that broke out between him and Brad Jones. “The punch heard ‘round the bay” was reportedly so loud it could be heard across Ray Nitschke field, and grew the attention of approximately 20 other players. An unproven, fifth rounder taking on a seventh rounder, who could has been and could be a starter again, during OTAs? It shows great fire on both parties, and hopefully is an indication of the tough nature the Packers need to show throughout the season.
The second, and much more important, thing which took place was Mike McCarthy’s glowing endorsement of Breno in his June 2 press conference.
Reading into the words McCarthy says, it certianly seems like he is a coach’s favorite. Saying “he is going to compete for that right tackle position” signals that either McCarthy is a master of coach speak, or he truly believed that Breno has what it takes. If he does have “it”, he is going to have to show it in more than practice. Making the team isn’t enough-he has to be ready to go in and actually play (and perform) in a game situation. Also, saying “I kind of like Brad” right after getting into a fight with him, may signal a change in attitude for Breno, more of a get out of my way attitude, where nothing will stop him.
It’s early June, and there is a long way to go before rosters are finalized. Giacomini seems to have the support of coaches. He may have even gained some support from his teammates by fighting Jones. It will be curious to see how this turns out. If he does make the team, who could it be at the expense of? That is what I will be curious to see.
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