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Sunday Notebook: Lang Sees Time At Left Tackle

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Sunday Notebook: Lang Sees Time At Left Tackle

GREEN BAY – Offensive lineman T.J. practiced at left tackle on Sunday after having previously seen time exclusively on the right side of the line during this season's training camp.

With both Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga limited to the jog-through portion of practice, Lang took snaps at left tackle with both the first- and second-string units.

Lang had served as the Packers starting left tackle for two games during his rookie season in 2009 when filling in for an injured Clifton. But ever since the start of training camp, the coaching staff had been working Lang at only right guard and right tackle prior to today.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause reporting on Twitter from head coach Mike McCarthy's post-practice press conference:

MM: Lang missed offseason program and it showed. He is getting better.

Lang reportedly underwent surgery on his left wrist in early May after suffering a broken bone the previous December. The injury, however, didn't prevent Lang from missing any games last season.

The second-year player out of Eastern Michigan has been visibly rusty after having not taken part in any of the team's offseason practices during OTAs and minicamp but appears to be progressing as time goes on.

Lang practiced at both left tackle and right tackle on Sunday but didn't spend any time at right guard. It's unclear whether Lang will continue to practice left tackle or whether this was a short-term solution due to injury issues.

Lang would seem to be the primary backup at both right tackle and right guard if something were to happen to either starters, Mark Tauscher and Josh Sitton. He may now also be the primary backup at left tackle until Bulaga proves 100% healthy.

Making an impression: Undrafted rookie Sam Shields worked as the No. 1 nickel back on Sunday with Brandon Underwood sitting out of practice after having sustained a shoulder injury during this past Thursday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Shields, Underwood and Pat Lee all received chances with the team's first-string defense on Thursday, and the rookie free agent may have performed the best of any of them.

It appears as if Shields has vaulted ahead of Lee in the competition. With Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams sitting on the sidelines, Shields teamed with Jarrett Bush as the team's No. 2 cornerback tandem while Lee and D.J. Clark paired up with the third-string defense.

In another positive sign for the rookie, he also continued to work with the No. 1 kickoff and punt units during the special teams segment of practice.

In and out: Several players participated in the jog-through portion of practice only on Sunday.

On the offensive side of the football Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga dressed in only shorts and shells, while the rest of the team wore pads. On the defensive side of things, the same applied to Cullen Jenkins, Clay Matthews and Brad Jones.

According to several reports, Matthews said he could return to practice this week. Whether or not that means he will play in Thursday's preseason finale in Kansas City remains to be seen.

When both Matthews and Jones participated before exiting, the Packers defense showed multiple looks with the linebackers bouncing around from place-to-place, at one time with Matthews and Jones lining up on the same side of the line of scrimmage.

The team appeared to preparing for regular season opponents as defensive coordinator Dom Capers has been reluctant to show such creative pressure schemes during exhibition games.

Injury report: Offensive lineman Allen Barbre, cornerback Brandon Underwood and safety Will Blackmon were not present at Sunday's practice.

Barbre was injured in the second preseason game against Seattle and has not participated since. Underwood injured a shoulder against the Colts, and it's still unclear the severity of his injury. As for Blackmon, he's been in and out of practice since coming off of ACL surgery last season and doesn't appear to be fully covered yet.

Running back Quinn Porter (knee) and linebacker Desmond Bishop (hamstring) were at practice but did not participate. Both were injured in Thursday's Colts game.

Moving around: Breno Giacomini practiced at right guard for the first time in training camp.

Tim Masthay got more opportunities to kickoff at practice. With the wind at his back, one of his kickoffs sailed out the back of the endzone.

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jack's picture

what's up with clifton? is he injured or are they just resting him until the beginning of the regular season?

NyPacker's picture

Smart decision if you ask me. Clifton played his butt off in the Colts preseason game and did a nice job of holding down Dwight Freeney. Clifton should get as much rest as possible for the season opener.

NyPacker's picture

Lang getting LT duties doesn't surprise me. He did okay at it in the regular season and I saw glimpses of him handling that role with beauty during the wildcard game. If Clifton goes down, I'd be interested in seeing if the coaches go with Lang or Bulaga at LT. Sure Bulaga was drafted to play LT but I think Lang has the edge with experience.

FITZCORE1252's picture

"at one time with Matthews and Jones lining up on the same side of the line of scrimmage."
That's just exciting right there! Although if they didn't always line up on the "same side of the line of scrimmage" one would be offsides, but I think I get what you're saying. Just bustin' your balls Brian.


PackersRS's picture

I don't know man.

Capers seems to me like a guy that gets bored easily and then starts elaborating some crazy schemes.

They don't necessarily work, though.

NickGBP's picture

Give an example.

Graffin's picture

Think he's just testing the waters with shit like that, only preseason. Now's the time to see what doesn't work. Everything we hear and see now won't make it to the regular season. But the big okie did seem to suck last year so I hear ya.

andrew harman's picture

i agree and disagree.. i think capers gets bored with defenses yes.. but i think some will work.. i like when capers takes risks.. i am not a fan of running the nickle all the time and his favoring of having so many dbs on the field at once is one of the things i dont like about capers.. id like for him to experiment more with the 3-4 and moving people around to apply pressure its a good thing and is something i hope we see week 4.. crazy stunts should be pulled out not the ones he likes using but the ones he wants to test.. id like to see them next week its important to break out the crazy plays at some point against another team to make sure everything is gonna work.. we need to stray away from the vanilla and go more coconut strawberry banana chocolate strawberry swirl next week

FITZCORE1252's picture

"Think he’s just testing the waters with shit like that"

Most def.

I give him props though. The guy's not resting on his laurels. He's at least trying to move his personnel around to see what he can do to generate what we so sorely require... a pass rush.

A month or two ago everybody was up-in-arms when they heard Cullen was standing up at olb in practice. I have zero idea why. Does anyone think we're going to see that when the bullets are live? Dom's just trying to figure out how to best use what he's been given, (see Chillar @ olb). I can't fault the guy for that.

Maybe it's the kool-aid, but I think our D is going to be fine. As long as we're not banking on a 36 year old with a blown-the-fuk-out knee to ride in on his white horse and save the day. Al will be a welcome addition when healthy, but I think we can thrive without him. Color me the optimist.


MarkinMadison's picture

I don't think so. I remember Al Harris commenting last year that there were all sorts of things in the playbook that they had practiced, but did not show up in games. This guy is a professional coach. I wouldn't chalk anything up to boredom.

lebowski's picture

Our nickel situation is scary, man. Give up the next couple year's number one picks and a truckload of brats to Rex Ryan and lure Revis here. Sounds ridiculous, but I recall the Vikings having one of the best defensive lines in football and still giving up a couple number one picks to KC to trade for Jared Allen. Worked out pretty well. Now I have to saddle up my unicorn for a spin around fantasy land....

FITZCORE1252's picture

Maybe we could give them a 16th overall pick, Justin Harrell? I mean, that's the same as a first rounder. We'll even throw in Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas. And a shit ton of brats of course. I shouldn't have eaten that 4th hit of blotter. Just goes down so easy with a nice cup of sizzurp.

PackersRS's picture

yeah, this.

Also, it didn't work pretty well, since I don't see any ring on Allen's finger...

andrew harman's picture

i dont see a nice new ring around the packers fingers either.. and if we dont get more depth at corner.. especially with how harris is looking... we will definitely have some troubles in the long run.. capers loves the nickle defense. and we dont have a good nickle back.. shields might end up being good who knows.. but he is not ready. and if we have an injury then what?.. im all for trading for a corner.. we have to do something we are to close to a superbowl potential.. but we need depth at corner.. good depth.. not raw depth

DAWG's picture

Also-we need pass rush from the D-line, which would help the DB's

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