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Packers first round pick Sherrod struggling to find role

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Green Bay’s first round pick Derek Sherrod has been competing to start at guard, with the idea that he’ll be the backup left tackle if things don’t work out.

After a rough training camp and preseason performance Friday night, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wonders if Sherrod is ready to have any role at all this year.

Green Bay’s offensive line hasn’t looked good in either preseason game, but Sherrod has stuck out. He gave up pressures whether he was at guard or left tackle against Arizona.  One mistake nearly cost the team the ball when Packers quarterback Matt Flynn was hit from behind.

It looks like T.J. Lang will win the team’s starting left guard spot. Marshall Newhouse could wind up taking Sherrod’s spot as the team’s backup left tackle, which would make the first round pick inactive on gamedays.

This is hardly a huge problem for the Packers. They drafted Sherrod No. 32 overall with an eye on the future, and many rookies are going to come out of the gates slow following the lockout.

We’d only be concerned if the Packers starters keep giving up sacks and looking sluggish on offense when the games actually count.

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  1. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:47 AM

    This kid is a big athlete. He is getting beat because he has not learned the fundamentals of the pro game. Thats something that takes time. Luckily, time is something he has. GO PACK GO!!

  2. halestorm74 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:51 AM

    Jared Allen is licking his chops! SKOL!

  3. woodg8 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:52 AM

    He has looked terrible

    I hope he starts against the Bears

  4. calloustongue says: Aug 20, 2011 12:02 PM

    He’ll be fine. Playing out of position in his 2nd preseason game. He’s got the tools, just needs a few games under his belt. The sky is far from falling. The Packers coaches really need to stop playing musical chairs with the linemen though.

  5. stellarperformance says: Aug 20, 2011 12:02 PM

    Raji wasn’t so hot his first year either, and now look at him. It takes awhile to adapt to the pro game, not for a few with special talent, but for most.

  6. pack0314 says: Aug 20, 2011 12:05 PM

    They did this to Bulaga last year. Not a big deal. He’s looked decent as an LT…they just wanted to see if he could handle guard. Nothing to see here.

  7. frankgarrett says: Aug 20, 2011 12:07 PM

    The people that do this site .. Give up on people so quickly

  8. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 20, 2011 12:09 PM

    He’s too tall and lanky to play inside at G. I don’t know why they have to play musical chairs like that. They did the same thing with Marshal Newhouse last year.
    Anyway, Sherrod is gonna be just fine. Let him practice at LT and stop messing with his technique.
    But the bottom line is that the Packers are the World Champion and they have tons of depth at every position. All the new players are struggling to make this team, because the team is THAT good!

  9. welzy says: Aug 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    Plugging a tackle into a guard position can have some pitfalls. Give him some time. If he wasn’t capable of the transition, he wouldn’t have been drafted.

  10. shadowgm1 says: Aug 20, 2011 12:31 PM

    If we’d leave these kids alone and stop compounding their learning curve by making the bigger athletes play inside, he’d have a lot less to absorb. His footwork and his blocking stature needs work – he needs to get his knees wider and stick his butt out and level his shoulders more (which causes the problem with his hands and punching too high to block) – but all in all he is an imposing player and will develop if we can cut this incessant need to ruin ofensive linemen like this. Don’t McCarthy and his absolute LOSS of a OC Philbin grasp the fact that a guard bigger than 6’4″ (especially one as true of a tackle only prospect as Sherrod) will have footwork issues as well as leverage and angling to the rusher if he plays inside with a help option to either side? We cut this crap right away with Bulaga last season, why not end it with Sherrod? I think having Lang, Sitton, Wells, Schlauderaff, Newhouse and Dietrich-Smith, we still have enough of a pure guard rotation without ruining the skill set that got Sherrod into the first round.

  11. brewdogg says: Aug 20, 2011 12:38 PM

    As much as I’d love to jump on this for a good laugh, Sherrod will be fine. He won’t be in any HOF discussion at the end of his career, but he’ll be a good starter for a long time.

  12. packfannchitown says: Aug 20, 2011 12:40 PM

    The Pack is so deep on O-Line that our first round draft pick may have to sit out?

    Those sound like good problems!

  13. stvang says: Aug 20, 2011 12:45 PM

    Tony Mandarich is still looking for his role as well

  14. dempsey63 says: Aug 20, 2011 12:46 PM

    A local newspaper printed a similar article about Sherrod not looking like a starter following the Browns game last week.

    Oh, puhleeeeeeze! Give the rookie a break! It’s not like he’s the second coming (er, going) of Tony Mandarich.

    [There were rumors circulating in Packerland years ago about how both Dan Devine's and Tony Mandarich's dogs were found shot to death. I have it on good authority (via hobartbaker) that, in the case of Mandarich's pet, the wound was self-inflicted.]

  15. santorin4 says: Aug 20, 2011 1:06 PM

    He is a natural left tackle, completely different than the guard position. Give the dude some time, He’ll find his niche.

  16. phatg says: Aug 20, 2011 1:11 PM

    Heh how could you say the Packers starters are erratic when Rodgers and Flyn have completion percentages > 75% and both have looked money in the preseason.

    Lines take time to gel, and there was no MCs etc.

    The Packers are a beat stick this year.

  17. stvang says: Aug 20, 2011 1:18 PM

    halestorm74 says:Aug 20, 2011 11:51 AM

    Jared Allen is licking his chops! SKOL!

    ————————————————

    the only thing jerod allen is licking is brett favres package

  18. docredskin says: Aug 20, 2011 1:56 PM

    The Packers know what they’re doing. Their model works. So the kid looks rough at a new position and a higher level of competition. He’ll acclimate and Green Bay will be the better for it.

  19. izzop says: Aug 20, 2011 2:13 PM

    Logan Mankins was a left tackle in college before he was an NFL guard (starting in his first year). He’s done pretty well…

  20. seneca1ss says: Aug 20, 2011 2:18 PM

    Start him @ QB vs the Bucs and we’ll have a shot:-)

  21. houndog50 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:01 PM

    halestorm74 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:51 AM
    Jared Allen is licking his chops! SKOL!
    —————————————————–
    Why, is Allen planning on being on the sidelines, too?
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    woodg8 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:52 AM
    He has looked terrible, I hope he starts against the Bears.
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    Hell, you’re actually hoping he starts “FOR” the Bears, he’d be their best O-Lineman!

  22. houndog50 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:10 PM

    stvang says: Aug 20, 2011 12:45 PM
    Tony Mandarich is still looking for his role as well
    ————————————————————
    Actually, Mandarich has an extremely successful photography business going, but you’d need to know something about sports or football to know that! You’re forgiven, off the hook!

  23. stvang says: Aug 20, 2011 3:31 PM

    houndog50 says:Aug 20, 2011 3:10 PM

    stvang says: Aug 20, 2011 12:45 PM
    Tony Mandarich is still looking for his role as well
    ————————————————————
    Actually, Mandarich has an extremely successful photography business going, but you’d need to know something about sports or football to know that! You’re forgiven, off the hook!

    ————————————————
    Actually, Mandarich was one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history and the biggest in packer history. And he never found a role as a football player. But you’d need to know something about sports or football to know that! You’re forgiven, off the hook!

    Im happy he had success off the field. but lets be honest he was beyond terrible on the field.

  24. packmanfan says: Aug 20, 2011 3:58 PM

    So what?
    Who cares?
    We got Air-in-it-out Rodgers and that’s all we need!

    (I dunno why every little detail gets attention as if it’s supposed to be the story of the decade.)

  25. beefbus says: Aug 20, 2011 4:10 PM

    This guy was all finesse in college. Theres no way he fits inside at guard. I’m glad the Bears took Carimi instead of this guy. He’s already thriving at RT.

  26. dd393 says: Aug 20, 2011 4:25 PM

    It’s all about the playing time. With the lockout, he hasn’t had any OTA or other offseason time to get into the flow of the Packers’ schemes. That’s why he’s there now when it doesn’t count. T.J. Lange will be starting at left guard for the season.

  27. stavreafavre says: Aug 20, 2011 4:29 PM

    Most important line in the story: “This is hardly a huge problem for the Packers.”
    Sherrod obviously belongs at tackle, not guard. The Pack has three good left tackles, actually four if you count Bulaga. That’s “trouble” that any other team would welcome. They’re a little thinner at guard, which is why the coaches want to see if Sherrod can play there.

  28. paulharghis says: Aug 20, 2011 5:08 PM

    Drafting lineman on either side of the ball just doesn’t seem to be Teddy Teabag’s forte.

    Raji will eat his way out of the league by his 6th year.

    Doesn’t it suck that his career year came in his 2nd year?

  29. stavreafavre says: Aug 20, 2011 5:18 PM

    Doesn’t it suck that the Vikings’ greatest year didn’t end with a win in a championship game?

  30. paulharghis says: Aug 21, 2011 6:46 PM

    stavreafavre says:
    Aug 20, 2011 5:18 PM
    Doesn’t it suck that the Vikings’ greatest year didn’t end with a win in a championship game?

    ==============================
    Nope it doesn’t. You see, my life goes on whether the Vikes win or not. It’s entertainment.

    That you take football so seriously that it affects your well being and self worth is a sign of more serious problems. Seek help.

  31. regretsterger says: Aug 22, 2011 1:35 PM

    Drafting lineman on either side of the ball just doesn’t seem to be Teddy Teabag’s forte.

    *************************************

    Raji was dominant in 2010 and will be in the future. Josh Sitton was voted best offensive lineman in the NFL in 2010 by the NFL alumni association. I know you are just trying to trash the Packers, but how about putting in a little more effort than that?

  32. cleonslamminsalmon says: Aug 23, 2011 2:50 PM

    I read this wrong…I thought it said “Typical Vikes fan struggling to find hole.”

  33. favreblows says: Aug 23, 2011 11:28 PM

    paulharghis says:Aug 20, 2011 5:08 PM

    Drafting lineman on either side of the ball just doesn’t seem to be Teddy Teabag’s forte.

    Raji will eat his way out of the league by his 6th year.

    Doesn’t it suck that his career year came in his 2nd year?

    ****You’re right dumba$$. It’s not. His forte is winning awards such as…….NFL Executive of the Year. See: Thompson was voted Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year for his 2007 work on March 25, 2008

    And it’s winning Super Bowls. See Packers Year—2010-2011.

    And it’s having a first round like in 2009……when he selected BJ Raji in the first round…….then traded up and drafted Clay Matthews in the same first round. You know what Moron……those guys are pretty good. Nice try on the weight concerns with Raji. We both know that the NFL is full of stud NTs/DTs who were big boys. Paul Hargis……meet Warren Sapp, meet Gilbert Brown, meet Sam Adams, meet Pat Williams. You’re such an idiot.

    And it’s telling prima dona, aging, ego-maniac QBs to beat it so that young studs can take over and win championships.

    That is Ted Thompson’s forte. You on the other hand……hey pal……..impressing the boys at the Brass Rail with tales of your exploits on Bourbon Street during the Southern Decadence Festival……that just doesn’t cut it.

    Hey Slick….stick with amateur hour. You’re way over your head lover.

  34. paulharghis says: Aug 24, 2011 7:01 PM

    ****You’re right dumba$$. It’s not. His forte is winning awards such as…….NFL Executive of the Year. See: Thompson was voted Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year for his 2007 work on March 25, 2008

    =========================
    You are actually bragging about a 4 year old award? A popularity contest at that? uff.

    —————————————–
    And it’s telling prima dona, aging, ego-maniac QBs to beat it so that young studs can take over and win championships
    =========================
    Yet you accuse Vikings fans of saying crap about their ex players-hypocritical much?
    I love that it burns your a$$ that he played for the Vikings.
    ———————————————–
    As for the places and things you speak of, well, let’s just say you seem to have intimate knowledge of these things- it doesn’t matter- what does a person’s likes and dislikes have to do with being a football fan? You seem to think that is something to be made fun of- which is sad.
    I suppose you burn crosses too?
    Now- to the meat of my post:

    Drafting lineman on either side of the ball just doesn’t seem to be Teddy Teabag’s forte.

    ============================
    2005:
    OL Colston- terrible
    DL Montgomery- 3rd string player
    Ol Whitticker- is he still in the league?
    2006:
    OL Colledge- no longer a Packer- he sucks
    OL Spitz – Career back-up
    OL Moll – awful
    DL Jolly- head case- busted out of the league
    Tollefson- who?
    2007:
    DL Harrell- huge bust
    OL Barbe- awful
    2008:
    DL J.Thompson-career back up
    OL Giacomini – awful
    2009:
    DL Raji- Good player- weight issues
    OL Lang- serviceable
    OL Meredith- awful
    DL Wynn- career backup
    2010:
    OL Bulaga- ok
    DL Neal-injury prone-unproven
    OL Newhouse- awful
    DL Wilson- career back-up
    2011:
    OL Sherrod- struggling
    OL Sclauderaff- WHO?
    DL Elmore Who?
    DL Guy- Who?

    24 picks- Raji is the only stud.
    Lang, Bulaga, Spitz and possibly Neal = good to serviceable
    25% success rate is horrible!
    And I’m in over my head( dripping with sarcasm)

  35. cleonslamminsalmon says: Aug 24, 2011 7:24 PM

    Paul Hargis-
    Wow…You have a lot of time on your hands. You forgot Clay Matthews on your list. The only thing that really matters is 1 Lombardi trophy.
    Your team traded picks for Tavaris Jackson. Just stop posting.

  36. cleonslamminsalmon says: Aug 24, 2011 7:29 PM

    By the way, you also have the most fumbling running back in recent history AND you’re going to over pay for him. Now that’s funny. 10 years from now, all people will remember is the game against the Chargers, his willingness to give the ball away and not winning any rings.

  37. paulharghis says: Aug 24, 2011 9:34 PM

    cleonslamminsalmon says:
    Aug 24, 2011 7:24 PM
    Paul Hargis-
    Wow…You have a lot of time on your hands. You forgot Clay Matthews on your list. The only thing that really matters is 1 Lombardi trophy.
    Your team traded picks for Tavaris Jackson. Just stop posting.

    ================================
    That took me all of 5 minutes to look up, and about 2 minutes to type. Not a lot to prove someone wrong.

    As for Clay- wow, just wow.

    In case you missed it the TWO previous times it was posted:

    Drafting LINEMAN on either side of the ball just doesn’t seem to be Teddy Teabag’s forte.

    You are an insufferable idiot. Way to make an a$$ out of yourself- something I’m sure is a daily occurence.

  38. favreblows says: Aug 24, 2011 11:23 PM

    Hargis is beyond stupid. Way to waste your time proving a point I conceded Slappy. Please reference my post where I responded to your claim that drafting DL and OL was not his forte. “You’re right Dumba$$, it’s not”. I then went on to completely destroy you.

    So your time wasted on researching past Packer drafts was just that…… a waste. And you made yourself look so dumb Paul.

    I am so in your head. And I’ve noticed you have started using my lines……really sad Paul. If you can’t put some original thought into your crap…..then stick with your other hobbies. We all know what they are. Not that there is anything wrong with it.

    By the way Moron…..you forgot Josh Sitton…..their best OL……and by far the best guard in the division. And Spitz was never good or serviceable. He sucks. You Idiot.

  39. favreblows says: Aug 25, 2011 12:00 AM

    Hargis says:

    As for the places and things you speak of, well, let’s just say you seem to have intimate knowledge of these things- it doesn’t matter- what does a person’s likes and dislikes have to do with being a football fan? You seem to think that is something to be made fun of- which is sad.
    I suppose you burn crosses too?
    Now- to the meat of my post:

    *****I really don’t want to hear about the “meat of your post”. What you do on your private time is your business Paul.

    Let’s keep it to football Slappy.

  40. cleonslamminsalmon says: Aug 25, 2011 1:39 AM

    Just win one ring…Then come on here talking all that foolishness. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask for. I mean…The Cleveland Browns (Ravens), Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints turned into winners, even the Rams had a run. But where’s the Vikings? Losing. Like always. Have fun in LA, guy.

  41. paulharghis says: Aug 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    Youblow:
    The whole point of posting all of those rancid draft picks was to show just how god awful TT is at it, thus proving that the EOY award is a joke and is nothing more than a popularity contest.
    I’d expect a mensa member such as yourself to be able to follow a train of thought to it’s conclusion. I mean since” you are so much more intelligent” than I am.

    You are in my head and I’m copying you?- You’d have done better just to type- I’m rubber you’re glue at this point.

    Those aren’t “hobbies”, it’s a lifestyle. With all the blather you have typed about it, you seem to be the one with the inner turmoil.
    I have accepted who I am. Hopefully, you will in time too.
    Your 2 posts show the contradiction. In 1 you’re saying my “hobbies” are ok & in the next you don’t want to hear about it.
    That is typical passive/aggressive behavior of a person in conflict. You shouldn’t deny who you are- it isn’t good for you.

    I left Sitton off and called Spitz good on purpose. It’s Psych 101. Leave out important details, misrepresent others- chart the reaction.
    You are a bug under a pin to me.

  42. paulharghis says: Aug 25, 2011 5:39 PM

    cleonslamminsalmon says:
    Aug 25, 2011 1:39 AM
    Just win one ring
    ========================
    WHo are you? Frodo or Bilbo Baggins?

    What does a ring have to do with anything?
    It certainly hasn’t made you packer fans any smarter.

    Any tool that names himself after a Broken Lizard movie, has absolutely nothing of value to add.
    You’ve proven that time and again.

  43. cleonslamminsalmon says: Aug 25, 2011 11:19 PM

    I understand why you don’t get it…I’ll clarify…I forgot I was talking to a Vikings fan. Win one Super Bowl. Then talk your foolishness.

  44. favreblows says: Aug 26, 2011 1:46 AM

    paulharghis says:Aug 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    Youblow:
    The whole point of posting all of those rancid draft picks was to show just how god awful TT is at it, thus proving that the EOY award is a joke and is nothing more than a popularity contest

    @ Idiot–

    First he wins GM of the year. Then he wins a SB. Correct me if I’m wrong, but most GMs would like to have that track record. And I would think it shows more about talent…..then popularity. You are SO stupid……it almost makes my head hurt. TT is now considered one of the top three GMs in football. And that causes you pain. That is sad Paul………almost as sad as your genetic defect.

    Sorry.

  45. paulharghis says: Aug 26, 2011 7:27 PM

    cleonslamminsalmon says:
    Aug 25, 2011 11:19 PM
    I understand why you don’t get it…I’ll clarify…I forgot I was talking to a Vikings fan. Win one Super Bowl. Then talk your foolishness.

    ===============================
    Again: what does how many titles , rings or Super bowls have to with fan knowledge?

    The Packers have 13 which is nice because that matches the average IQ of the fans- also the average number of teeth in a Packer fans head.

    What a coinkydink.

    You got nothing of relevance to say- why don’t you let the adults talk?

  46. paulharghis says: Aug 26, 2011 7:35 PM

    favreblows says:
    Aug 26, 2011 1:46 AM
    paulharghis says:Aug 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    Youblow:
    The whole point of posting all of those rancid draft picks was to show just how god awful TT is at it, thus proving that the EOY award is a joke and is nothing more than a popularity contest

    @ Idiot–

    First he wins GM of the year. Then he wins a SB. Correct me if I’m wrong, but most GMs would like to have that track record. And I would think it shows more about talent…..then popularity. You are SO stupid……it almost makes my head hurt. TT is now considered one of the top three GMs in football. And that causes you pain. That is sad Paul………almost as sad as your genetic defect.

    Sorry.

    =================================
    GM of the year is a nothing award- nothing.
    ALL of these awards are popularity contests- even the pro bowl.

    You head hurts because you’ve been forced to TRY and use your brain for once in your myopic life. Sorry about that- I’m sure you’re used to just having enough mental capacity to finsh your next Dick and Jane book.
    Causes me pain? That’s ONE BIG difference between you and I.
    I’m more concerned about my freinds and families well being, that I have a great job.
    Sports is recreation and entertainment- nothing to get all hot under the collar about- to live vicariously through- how sad that your well being is all tied up in it.
    You are running out of steam there Sparky- you held up longer than I thought. Though much like a cat playing with a mouse- I tire of you.

    Honestly- do you realize how pathetic you look bringing up my name every time you post?

    Come to think of it, your head probably hurts because I’m in it.

  47. favreblows says: Aug 27, 2011 12:34 AM

    @ Paul

    Boring.

    I can read you like a book……..a really short one……with lots of pictures.

    You know Paul. I think you are actually living vicariously through me. That doesn’t make us friends………or is it freinds?

    Idiot.

  48. paulharghis says: Aug 27, 2011 9:17 AM

    favreblows says:
    Aug 27, 2011 12:34 AM
    @ Paul

    Boring.

    I can read you like a book……..a really short one……with lots of pictures.

    You know Paul. I think you are actually living vicariously through me. That doesn’t make us friends………or is it freinds?

    Idiot
    ===============================
    Uff.
    Why do you even bother posting?
    You’ve been going downhill for a week. It’s not even fun for me anymore.
    I am pretty sure you know you are no match- you’ve actually not mentioned me in a few posts.

    I don’t blame you for doing it anymore- it’s the only thing that makes you relevant on this site.
    If you weren’t in a argument with me, no one would bother to read what you write.

    I guess any notice for you is better than none?
    Even if it is negative?

    I’s rather slip and fall in a puddle of cancer than be freinds with you.

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