Is Bryan Bulaga's Spot on the Roster Safe?

WIll Bryan Bulaga be cut before the season?

All signs point to 2019 being right tackle Bryan Bulaga’s final season in Green Bay. The veteran turned 30 in March and has seen injuries sideline him for nearly 30 regular season games over the course of his eight NFL seasons. But could the Packers actually cut Bulaga before the season begins? Looking over the depth chart his spot on the roster should be pretty safe as he enters the final year of his contract.

Green Bay went out and signed Billy Turner this offseason and that was without knowing last year’s fifth-round pick Cole Madison would be rejoining the team. Turner played in all 16 games in 2018, starting 11. Bulaga has had only two seasons when he’s appeared in every game. Availability aside, it may not be the best fit for Turner who is expected to play guard for the Packers, a position he excelled at last season in Denver. Guard is where he is most comfortable and film showed all three of the sacks he surrendered in 2018 came while playing tackle. 

Meanwhile, a lot is left to be determined regarding Madison. He started all 47 of the games he played for Washington State at right tackle but scouts confidently projected him to move to guard in the NFL. Madison is pretty athletic for a guy who is 6-5 300 pounds. He moves well as a run and pass blocker, however, length issues and strength to set the edge will likely force him inside to guard.

So, if Madison and Turner are out, the only other viable option is Jason Spriggs. Ted Thompson traded up for Spriggs during the second round to select him in the 2016 draft. At the time, he was an intriguing prospect will unlimited athleticism but none of it has translated to the NFL. Unfortunately, Spriggs has been a black eye on Thompson’s resume ever since. He’s never been able to anchor the edge with his marginal play strength and inability to sustain blocks. Barring any unforeseen changes, Spriggs is not the answer. 

Outside of Bulaga, the Packers really don’t have much which is why you can expect him back for the entirety of 2019. A brief look at the salary cap shows the team could save a little over $6 million by cutting Bulaga and his $8.35 million salary ranks fourth for his position this year. 

It’s a lot to pay a guy who in all likelihood won’t be available for all 16 games, but on the other hand, he sure beats Green Bay’s other options.

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

NFL Categories: 
2 points

Comments (93)

Fan-Friendly This filter will hide comments which have ratio of 5 to 1 down-vote to up-vote.
johnnyd17's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:04 pm

safe, only 29...a very good player, imo safe

7 points
7
0
johnnyd17's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:05 pm

ooops, 30...in his prime

0 points
1
1
jannes bjornson's picture

May 05, 2019 at 04:01 pm

Bulaga's going nowhere. If he stays on top of his Game, he could see a two-year extension. In any case the next OT comes with a high pick in the 2020 draft.

6 points
7
1
zeroluv's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:01 am

I say let him walk after this year and whoever signs him will give us a compensatory pick (3rd or 4th rounder) We can then draft his replacement and not worry about him getting hurt each snap.

-1 points
1
2
Guam's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:40 am

I tend to think he not only stays this year, but it is more likely than not he gets an extension. Of course it all depends on his health, but I see him a Packer for several years yet. Also there is no guarantee of a comp pick given how active Gute has been in FA.

1 points
1
0
Turophile's picture

May 06, 2019 at 03:37 am

Bulaga's likely departure after the end of this season is why I thought the Packers would take an OT in the first two, or at least the first three rounds of the draft.

Instead they went for an interior lineman, Elgton Jenkins, which is fine, he looks like a good one and an upgrade. however, that means no quality OT drafted this year. That need has been pushed into 2020, where I believe an OT in the first two rounds is almost guaranteed now. That assumes there is no vet they bring in who is both good enough and young enough to be considered as a real alternative.

So this year it's Bulaga, with question marks as to who the best backup might be. I'm guessing plan A is Taylor, then Spriggs ( if he survives TC ), then I'm not sure, maybe Elgton (who has played tackle), but more likely someone else.

5 points
5
0
blondy45's picture

May 06, 2019 at 09:11 am

At this snapshot in time of the Pack's roster, OT is obviously a concern for depth. We hope for Spriggs to improve, Bulaga to not get hurt, and a member on the current roster to earn the OT back-up roster spot this year. My hope is Bulaga finally has some good luck without an injury this year. All this worry about OT depth would be a moot point if Bulaga performs.

One other option which has not been discussed much, is we pick up the best possible OT when rosters are cut to 53. either a vet or someone trying to stash a promising rookie on their practice squad. I believe this is far from the final draft of the 2019 roster, especially at OT. I am rooting for the moot point, Bulaga will be there all year.

4 points
4
0
Johnblood27's picture

May 06, 2019 at 12:00 am

I love it when points become mook.

3 points
3
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 05, 2019 at 11:01 pm

Could not tolerate the collapse of the Interior O line and risk losing Rodger's for another year or longer with guaranteed money on his contract. The weakness was identified and hopefully , corrected.

0 points
1
1
Rossonero's picture

May 06, 2019 at 05:08 am

Turophile: Jenkins saw starting time at 4 of 5 OL positions. He's long and athletic with 34" arms. He just might be our OT of the future.

0 points
0
0
zeroluv's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:05 am

I agree...Jenkins be the next OT now that Billy Turner is signed and can play guard and Cole Madison is back who will play back up guard as solid depth.

0 points
0
0
sonomaca's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Who’s going there? Spriggs, Light, Turner?

Season will end AGAIN on first night against Bears as Mack comes in from the right side and delivers the decisive blow. Oh, illegal hit! 15-yard penalty and fine. Season over in GB.

-16 points
2
18
ILPackerBacker's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:35 pm

You do know that the "OFFICIAL" packer line is that Bulaga was fine that game, except he was a fighter going to play and, anyway, who knew he might need a back up?

But in the end it was Kizer's fault for making Mack look all world and setting what is an average season for Mack outside the game in GB.

7 points
7
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 05, 2019 at 04:06 pm

Bulaga neutralized Mack the second half. He was starting out rusty as Mccarthy could not count on Spriggs to do anything to start that game. The INSIDE pressure off the stunts is why Rodgers almost went to IR for a second year in a row. The guards will be replaced this off-season. Lindsley has to build up some resistance to the bull rush. Jenkins is looking over his shoulder. Still a bit of a question mark for a backup LT. Knock on wood, Bhaktiari does not go down.

4 points
4
0
Coldworld's picture

May 05, 2019 at 04:13 pm

It’s hard to play tackle when your guard is out of sync with you let alone out of sync and not playing well.

4 points
4
0
sonomaca's picture

May 05, 2019 at 04:23 pm

Not talking about last year’s game, but what will happen this year if no Bulaga. Over before it starts.

-3 points
0
3
dobber's picture

May 05, 2019 at 08:22 pm

Turner likely kicks outside and they put McCray/Jenkins at RG?

3 points
3
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 05, 2019 at 11:06 pm

We'll see who wins the job by the end of August.

1 points
1
0
zeroluv's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:09 am

Turner will kick outside and play well. Last year Rodgers has time to throw but he held the ball longer because his receivers should get open. The issue was fat Mike didn’t want to run the ball and the defenses knew that. The defenses put a safety over the top and took the gaps away and Rodgers was playing with 2 rookies to boot. That won’t happen this year.

2 points
2
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 06, 2019 at 09:03 pm

It would be nice to see a trade for a veteran receiver with some juice left in the tank.

-1 points
0
1
Lare's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:26 pm

Would have been nice to add a backup OT in the draft.

0 points
1
1
Patrick's picture

September 29, 2019 at 03:20 pm

And......keep hoping for the first super bowl for bears.....in how many years?

0 points
0
0
Bure9620's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:32 pm

I think his spot is shakier than many think. I for one think Cole Madison is more of a Tackle as his feet are terrific, leave him at guard is an option but he is a natural tackle, likely not ready yet. Turner has the athleticism to kick out as well. Bulaga's body is breaking down and he will not make it through the year. If Bulaga is banged up in camp, Gute may release him.

-7 points
2
9
Bear's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Putting a lot faith in a journeyman & and player whose upside was rated as a backup or special teams player.

0 points
3
3
NitschkeFan's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:22 pm

I agree with Bear. We all hope that Turner and/or Madison develop into quality starters but they both have a lot to prove still. As fans we see their potential. It is not a stretch to call one a "journeyman" and the other a rookie 5th round draft pick who just sat out a year for mental illness.

I feel that it is crazy too suggest that Bulaga is expendable at this point in time. Quite the opposite. The Packers need a healthy Brian Bulaga.

7 points
8
1
NickPerry's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:24 pm

Hmmm...Well that sure SUCKS for us if Turner is what amounts to a journeyman with the contract he got.

Jason Spriggs was ranked as the 5th best Tackle in the Draft he came out...… HAHAHAHA

Cole Madison was called somewhat of a "Steal" by some in the 5th round in last years draft.

LETS see what they might bring to the Packers before we label or worst yet grade them.

0 points
1
1
Bearmeat's picture

May 05, 2019 at 03:43 pm

Turner's contract is extremely pricy for a starting OG, but it's a steal for a starting RT. I think he was selected to replace Bulaga in MLF's new OL style, with Madison and/or Jenkins being the 6th man.

5 points
5
0
Coldworld's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:51 pm

Bear, I agree that he is seen as a tackle of the future. Whether that is as a starter or a capable reserve able to genuinely swing out from guard remains to be seen. Both would be well worth it.

0 points
0
0
zeroluv's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:12 am

8 million a year is not pricy for a guard. Especially one who can slide up and down the line to fill gaps with injuries. Well with the money.

0 points
0
0
Bure9620's picture

May 05, 2019 at 03:14 pm

Seriously, what is the over/under on Bulaga starting 16 plus games?? I do not see it. He is a solid player when healthy. A good pass blocking tackle. His body is breaking down, I do not expect him to get much on the open market next year because of it.

-1 points
2
3
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:10 am

So his body is breaking down and he still starts 14 games and has a very good season? Just how does that work?

Bulaga is a warrior one of the best RTs in the NFL. A starting O line of Bahk, Jenkins, Linsley, Turner, and the Whale could again be one of the best in the NFL.

2 points
2
0
dobber's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:41 am

Let's be fair: most of those projections were made 4-5 years ago prior to his playing in the NFL and based on questions of level of competition (I-AA).

-1 points
0
1
Coldworld's picture

May 05, 2019 at 04:20 pm

Madison has yet to make it as a guard. While I have hope, there were some reasons he was not projected as a tackle in the NFL:

—Strength to anchor is a concern, and power opponents will exploit that.

—Tempo of Washington State's offense did him favors in minimizing his deficiencies.

—Arm length looks short and forces a late punch that won't hold up against NFL defenders.

Source: Bleacher Report scouting report, but similar themes. Consensus was that he has good movement but needs strength and to adapt game to the NFL plus short arms. He is unlikely to be a first choice tackle this year and maybe never. He will need some work before starting at guard. He is not knocking off Baluga or Taylor this year.

1 points
3
2
dobber's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:13 pm

The guy has been out of football for a year, and has not played a snap in pads at the pro level. You also wonder if, the first time he gets dinged, he isn't going to hang it up. I think he's PS fodder to be honest.

0 points
3
3
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:13 am

Cole is essentially a rookie and probably the reason Gutey felt OK not drafting a T this year.

Both Madison and Turner will likely be tried at T...who knows maybe even Jenkins will get snaps there during camp.

0 points
0
0
Jack_Vainisi's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:56 pm

I wouldn't release a very good tackle based on his being prone to injury. Protecting Rodgers is the number one objective and they need him as much as he's available.

10 points
11
1
johngalt's picture

May 05, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Think we’re getting ahead ourselves. Bulaga locked down Mack last year. Dude’s still a stud. I like the optimism, but let’s tap the brakes.

12 points
12
0
Bearmeat's picture

May 05, 2019 at 03:35 pm

He locked Mack down in the 2nd game and the 2nd half of game 1, where the job was to get the ball out of ARod's hands asap. Not in the 1st half.

-2 points
1
3
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:19 am

Spriggs "locked Mack down"? Because Spriggs started and played vs bears in 2nd game...that was one of the two games Bulaga missed last year.

0 points
0
0
Bryan Chisholm's picture

May 05, 2019 at 01:09 pm

I think the plan is to let him play at a high level as long as he can.. and WHEN he gets injured, make sure you have a serviceable replacement that won't hinder the offense. Which is where Turner slides outside and Jenkins takes over RG.. or if Jenkins takes LG from Taylor, I wouldn't be surprised if Madison is the immediate backup to Bulaga. Also a dark horse in all of this, is UDFA Tackle out of Virginia Tech, Yosh Nijam. He had a elite RAS score as well, with a 9.8.. which could translate into something for us.

4 points
4
0
NickPerry's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:28 pm

Yosh Nijam… That kid is HUGE & he has pretty damn good feet. I read something somewhere he doesn't use his hands real well but that can definitely be coached up. I think he needs a year or two but holy crap that kid could be a stud with the right coaching.

7 points
7
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 05, 2019 at 04:11 pm

He's a project not a starter.

0 points
2
2
Coldworld's picture

May 05, 2019 at 04:25 pm

The knock is that in 3 years of starting he did not significantly improve his technique, which is a mess covered by his superlative size athleticism combination. Did his coaches not train him up and just let him physically dominate or was he just not receptive to or able to master the training? That’s the knock.

If he does develop technique he could be a starting tackle. Huge raw potential with a question as to whether that will be unlocked.

1 points
1
0
dobber's picture

May 05, 2019 at 08:27 pm

Sounds a lot like a guy wearing 78 for the Packers...

0 points
1
1
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:26 am

Hope Nijam works out. But Spriggs also had a RAS of 9.78.

And Tony "The Tiger" Mandarich scored a perfect 10.

I think Gutey looks at RAS but looks at video of players in action much, much more.

Nijam looks the part and was a starter at Tech but he did miss 8 games the last two years due to injury which is probably why he wasn't drafted. He is strong as an ox.

2 points
2
0
CoachJV's picture

May 05, 2019 at 01:38 pm

I don't think we should cut him unless he is outperformed. And that isn't an easy task for anyone. But if Turner or Madison prove to be a better player, then by all means... cut him...

If you want to be the man, you gotta beat the man... until then, Bulaga is the man.

7 points
7
0
Since'61's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:03 pm

I don’t believe that Bulaga’s replacement is on the roster yet. If he is I don’t believe that he is ready. I say keep Bulaga, let him play as long as he is healthy.
When the season ends let him go to FA, if he gets signed we get a comp pick, if he does not get signed, we can offer him a team friendly one year contract to be OL depth for 2020 and a mentor to his replacement.

If we chuck him we save some cap space but we get nothing back for him. Let him play for his last NFL contract. He will reliably protect Rodgers and we’ll get a comp pick. Thanks, Since ‘61

16 points
16
0
CoachJV's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:44 pm

I agree 61... I don't think he's on the roster yet either.
My guess is that we draft a guy next year and probably spend a little money on a high profile FA... again, all next year.

3 points
3
0
NickPerry's picture

May 06, 2019 at 04:49 am

The ONLY somewhat decent reason I could come up with for cutting Bulaga would be cap space is needed to bring in another FA. Bulaga SHOULD be stronger another 12 months removed from knee surgery. I'm not sure we'd sign any other O-Linemen but I guess that could depend a lot on what Madison looks like after being out a year and if Lane Taylor bounces back. I know some would like an ILB, RB, or even another WR if one became available they really like.

I think Gute is rolling with the ILB he currently has on the roster. I think it was pretty obvious they still really like Burks and IMO that's was the right move. I think Burks will surprise a hell of a lot of people this season. Personally I think it will be fun to what everybody who has already written Burks off as a bust, suddenly get on board and start loving him.

I still think WR and/or RB are positions Gute might bring in a veteran.

-1 points
1
2
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:28 am

I agree...if Gutey didn't want him or his K, Bryan would be gone already and he would have drafted a T.

He did start 14 games last year.

0 points
0
0
KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:14 pm

He is safe!

I have said before I would love seeing someone take his starting RT position and have him be a high quality back up at 4 positions on the OL. Having him as a back-up due to his injury potential would be smart saving him, and boy what a luxury to have him available to fill in.

I know this will not happen particularly with his salary but not a bad way to save him and keep him healthy and be able to have a very high quality player ready to step in if needed. Regardless, I do not believe they have someone right now who can replace him so he is safe for this year without any question IMO.

-1 points
1
2
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:31 am

You play the best 5 on the O line and Bulaga is the 2nd best starter on the line but Linsley is a close third and some may rank him ahead of Bulaga and I wouldn't argue much.

He is too talented to be a back up....and if he doesn't start in GB he will start someplace else.

2 points
2
0
PeteK's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:17 pm

If Bulaga goes down with an injury TE Lewis could be a valuable resigning who could help with right side blocking . At least we have competition for the spot with 3 possibilities. It will keep us interested in the pre season games.

2 points
2
0
NickPerry's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:30 pm

Exactly Pete... I was hoping that would be the case last year and would have if McCarthy would have realized it too.

1 points
1
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 05, 2019 at 11:15 pm

If Bulaga went down, I don't believe Gutekunst would be hesitant to make a trade offer for a bonafide starter. Philly did it for Peters and Schneider traded for Brown. No more scrub patrol trying to get your franchise QB maimed.

0 points
0
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:33 am

Why MM didn't use Lewis more last year is a mystery, wrapped in a shroud, surrounded by an enigma.

1 points
1
0
Packerpasty's picture

May 05, 2019 at 02:58 pm

"if" he doesn't get hurt he is the starter all year...why would they lose depth and get Rodgers killed by getting rid of him?? How much will that cost in the long run?? Silly talk but its a slow time of year again, post draft.

5 points
5
0
zeroluv's picture

May 05, 2019 at 03:04 pm

He is safe but should not be resigned. Let him leave As a FA and get a compensatory pick for him. He would fetch and 3rd or a 4th rounder easy. The same goes for Mike Daniels. Both players will fetch a high pick if they produce good numbers this year.

0 points
0
0
Guam's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:36 am

A number of commenters are assuming a compensatory pick if Bulaga is not resigned next season. Remember that comp picks are based on NET free agency additions/subtractions to a team and not on individual losses. If Gute is active in FA next year, we may get no compensatory pick for Bulaga or any other individual player lost in free agency.

We have all been well trained by TT to just expect compensatory picks.....

1 points
1
0
dobber's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:52 am

"If Gute is active in FA next year, we may get no compensatory pick for Bulaga or any other individual player lost in free agency."

True, but with what cap space? There's not projected to be very much, especially after they extend Clark.

0 points
0
0
Guam's picture

May 06, 2019 at 08:36 am

I agree they don't seem to have much room for FA next year, but if they use the cap space freed up by allowing Bulaga to walk for a free agency replacement, then you have one subtraction and one addition and roughly comparable contracts which would result in no comp pick. Many other scenarios are also possible, but they don't change my point which was that a comp pick is not a given as some commenters seem to believe. Comp picks are the product of net adds/losses and contract valuations and the outcome is uncertain.

2 points
2
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:56 am

Pack doesn't have to sign Kenny until AFTER the 2020 season. They just extended him for his 5th year. It is likely they extend him before then but they will have time to build more cap space.

If Bulaga has a good season I can see him being re-signed to a two-three year extension.

0 points
0
0
Handsback's picture

May 05, 2019 at 03:09 pm

OMG...Bulaga is a stud and when healthy...he's an All-Pro! Is he safe? IS HE SAFE? Unless Turner is much better in training camp than what he showed last year, which could be the case, there is nobody...I mean NOBODY who can take his place. Next season, maybe, but not a chance this year.
Hey, that's just my opinion. What the heck do I know.

7 points
7
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 10:58 am

What the heck do you know? It seems as much as what I know and think. I agree. Only Bahktiari is more valuable on the O line.

0 points
0
0
PackfanNY's picture

May 05, 2019 at 03:43 pm

I can’t see why we get rid of a proven tackle, under contract with zero proven options ready. I think he plays the season (hopefully healthy) and we don’t re-sign as a FA.

2 points
2
0
EddieLeeIvory's picture

May 05, 2019 at 03:51 pm

Bulaga is by far our best RT.
Let's just hope his knees hold up this year.
And Bakhtiari.

6 points
6
0
jeepingmakooi's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:10 pm

Bak Jenkins lindsley Turner and bulaga... Would be a Greta oline this year.

5 points
5
0
CoachJV's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:49 pm

I like that line up... with Taylor, Madison, and (ugh) Spriggs... plus another guy doing the back up duty.

0 points
0
0
dobber's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:57 am

I have a hunch that Taylor doesn't stick if he's displaced from the starting lineup.

0 points
0
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 11:01 am

Hey...that's my wish list for the O line too! The more I read about Jenkins the more I believe it will be very very difficult for ML to keep him off the field by starting at one of the Guard spots and backing up Linsley.

0 points
0
0
FiveOPacker's picture

May 06, 2019 at 11:26 am

LT Bakhtiari LG Jenkins C Linsley RG Madison RT Bulaga ... this would be my O-Line but you never know who will be available to play.

0 points
0
0
Lare's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:42 pm

Seems like a longshot that Bulaga can stay healthy this season, and if not, that Spriggs can be an adequate replacement.

1 points
2
1
CoachJV's picture

May 05, 2019 at 05:51 pm

Gute said that Madison is an "even better" fit for LaF's system than he was for MM. Let's hope that extends to playing RT so that we don't have to rely on Spriggs if the Whale goes down.

0 points
0
0
Coldworld's picture

May 05, 2019 at 06:00 pm

Turner is the tackle prospect likely to be first up with Spriggs based on contract. I don’t think Taylor is unseated initially, but if it is, Jenkins seems a lot more likely than Madison to be the next guard up. Madison will have to fight for a depth spot initially.

My prediction for opening day:
Bakh, Taylor, Linsley, Turner, Baluga. Jenkins as next man up across the middle with Turner swinging out if either tackle leaves the field.

3 points
3
0
dobber's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:59 am

Based on nothing more than what we've seen in the past and current hype, Spriggs and McCray are backups with a final, 9th OL slot TBD.

0 points
0
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 11:09 am

Bulaga missed 2 games and started and played in all of the other 14.

He did miss 11 in 2017 but then played in all 16 games and 3 playoff in 2016.

Over the last 3 seasons Bulaga has played in 75% of all the games. Not exactly evidence that of late he is "injury prone" and breaking down.

1 points
1
0
PAPackerbacker's picture

May 05, 2019 at 06:18 pm

I think it all depends whether he can stay healthy enough to justify keeping him on the roster. If he misses more games due to injury than he starts then he is in all likely hood not going to be a Packer beyond next season. He is a good player but needs to remain healthy.

0 points
0
0
WinUSA's picture

May 05, 2019 at 07:17 pm

Bulaga is like a one eared pit bull!!!!!! All he knows, and all he wants, is to fight the next dog! He'd rather get carted off on a stretcher than quit brawling. One of many past unsung heroes on the Pack O line. Proud to have him!

3 points
4
1
Johnblood27's picture

May 06, 2019 at 12:11 am

Hi Bryan, nice to see you posting here.

-2 points
0
2
Packer_Fan's picture

May 05, 2019 at 08:22 pm

Is he safe. Yes. Will he play all 16 games, probably not. Will his backups be able to play all 16 games, probably not. That is why the Pack needs quality backups. That has not happened the last two years. Perhaps Gute has learned.

3 points
3
0
stockholder's picture

May 05, 2019 at 11:47 pm

It shouldn't be. But it is.
If you thought a tackle was going to be taken this year, wait until next year. This seems to be the packers way now. Wait until next year. Stay the Course. Go with the patch. Fix it when it's broken.

-3 points
0
3
Johnblood27's picture

May 06, 2019 at 12:13 am

Lighten up Francis...

Have you seen the number and quality of FA's signed?

Did you see the 8 draft selections?

Did you see the dozen or so UDFA's brought in?

Did you observe that through the tail end of last season and the offseason that a few players were signed off the street to compete on the 90 man TC roster?

Take a breath, this roster cannot be overhauled 100% in one off-season.

3 points
3
0
dobber's picture

May 06, 2019 at 07:48 am

"Take a breath, this roster cannot be overhauled 100% in one off-season."

Can't emphasize this enough. There's a lot of targeted work that's already been done on this roster by draft and FA: RB (in 2017), WR, TE, S, OLB/DE. They've focused on different position groups rather than trying to do it piecemeal. It's hard to say that process hasn't already started on the OL by drafting Jenkins and adding Turner. Every team has holes, and no team has the cap room or the draft capital to fix it all in one fell swoop...OK, maybe Cleveland did: but they had to suck awfully hard and be woefully mismanaged for a long time to get that capital and cap space.

3 points
3
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 11:17 am

The kid from VA Tech, Nijman, was a nice UDFA signing. He is huge (6'7" 325 lbs), strong as an ox, and is very athletic, was a 3 year starter and played both LT and RT....but he did miss 8 games over the last two years due to injury.

If he sticks with the Pack he could be a real diamond in the rough. He was mostly a defensive player until he went to Tech....where he started out on the DL as a freshman but was quickly moved to OL.

He's still learning how to play T...and if he takes to coaching he could be a real diamond in the rough.

2 points
2
0
Mojo's picture

May 05, 2019 at 11:51 pm

They plan on keeping Bulaga this year. They'll hope for the best and try to replace him next year.

Aside from injuries, I wonder if Bulaga will struggle with the new outside zone blocking scheme.

The scheme supposedly favors smaller quick athletic types who can get from point A to B in a hurry. I just don't see BB thriving in a system that might require him to go horizontally 10 to 15 yards to wall off defenders.

His strength is pass pro, and he's one of the best when healthy. That's a completely different skill set than what they're going to ask him to do.

-1 points
0
1
Johnblood27's picture

May 06, 2019 at 12:15 am

Good point Mojo.

Bulaga has developed and excelled using the Campen low-wide spread arm hug pass pro technique.

GBP have a new line coach and a completely new Offensive staff.

There is no telling if the "old" technique will still be used in the "new" offense.

-1 points
0
1
croatpackfan's picture

May 07, 2019 at 06:50 am

Remember when Brian Bulaga went down as LT in the camp and huge panic was spread all over this place. Because no one here was willing to bet on 4th rounder with "short" hands, despite Aaron said Bakh will be fine.

I remember that during mentioned season Packers had problems with RT, not LT.

I remember when starting center was injured during 1st or second game and 5th rounder replaced him. Oh, how large was panic then. Yes, I'm talking about Tretter and Linsley.

I bet there is an answer if Brian goes down, but we do not know the answer. I place my confident in Packers organization and I truly believe they know what they are doing...

So, you may panic as much as you want, I'm calm and confident...

2 points
2
0
dobber's picture

May 06, 2019 at 08:11 am

There's a story that has made the rounds that when Ron Wolf was hired to GM the Packers, MLB Brian Noble came to him and asked him to reassure him that his job was safe. Wolf's response was something akin to: "your job is safe until I can find someone better to replace you."

I suspect that's where this team is with Bryan Bulaga.

1 points
1
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 06, 2019 at 11:23 am

Brian Noble has been totally estranged from the Packer organization for some reason after he began as a TV analyst for their preseason games.

He was pretty good in the booth. Don't know what happened.

1 points
1
0
Point-Packer's picture

May 06, 2019 at 02:06 pm

If Spriggs is GB's starting right tackle next year, we Packer fans might as well resolved to watching Deshone Kizer at QB.

0 points
0
0
Swedish Chef's picture

May 06, 2019 at 03:27 pm

Zee-a teckle-a pusitiun is su impurtuont. Zeere-a is nu vey zee-a Peckers cuot Buolega. Bork Bork Bork!

1 points
1
0
Doug Niemczynski's picture

May 08, 2019 at 04:22 pm

We have no other option at RT even if we wanted to let Buluga go. When Buluga isn't too injured he is still one of the top RT in the league and is also nice to know Bahktari is one of the best LT. Nice pair of bookends.

0 points
0
0
Doug Niemczynski's picture

May 08, 2019 at 04:24 pm

Bulaga..sorry. : )

0 points
0
0