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Packers will keep Bulaga on right side

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With left tackle Chad Clifton gone and with no 2012 draft pick devoted to the tackle position until a compensatory selection in round seven (Andrew Datko), the vacancy won’t be filled via the flipping of a first-rounder whom many believed was picked to play on the left side.

Coach Mike McCarthy said after the draft that Bryan Bulaga will remain the team’s right tackle.

I don’t see any reason to go down that road,” McCarthy said, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  “I think Bryan is on the verge of being a Pro Bowler at right tackle.  He looks great.”

Instead, the left tackle position will be determined via a beauty contest between Marshall Newhouse and Derek Sherrod.  “I really like what I see in Marshall,” McCarthy said.  “We’re excited about Marshall contributing.  He contributed last year.  Derek is improving.  So you’ll have competition there.”

Newhouse was a fifth-round pick in 2010.  Sherrod arrived via the final pick in round one last year, after the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

With the Packers not overly concerned about the quality of their backup quarterback, it’s now critical that one of those two guys be ready and able to keep Aaron Rodgers from getting injured.

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21 Responses to “Packers will keep Bulaga on right side”
  1. brooklynniner19 says: Apr 30, 2012 7:29 AM

    Doesnt matter where Bulaga is or whose on the opposite side. Aldon Smith is going to go H.A.M on A.Rodgers & Co. Week 1.

  2. thepvyharvin says: Apr 30, 2012 8:05 AM

    Good point Mike,,,the Pack don’t have a Matt Flynn to fall back on if Rodgy gets leveled by a defender. Smart teams like the Vikings keep 2 good qb’s (see Joe Webb) Packers are one QB injury away from a Colts season,,,

  3. majikwen says: Apr 30, 2012 8:18 AM

    the season doesn’t start tomorrow, a veteran QB is on the way. no way MM or TT go into a season with the currant QB situation.

  4. pjrhc says: Apr 30, 2012 8:26 AM

    “Smart teams like the Vikings keep 2 good qb’s (see Joe Webb) Packers are one QB injury away from a Colts season”? Not so much. Graham Harrell is a better back-up than many in the league, and certainly than Painter. But you lost me when you said, “Vikings” and “good qb’s” in the same sentence…

  5. jimmysee says: Apr 30, 2012 9:00 AM

    Joe Webb is a good QB – problem is he’s the only good QB the Vikes have. Ponder is and will be a wash-out.

    Pervy — time to talk off the aluminum foil hat.

    Or maybe bring back HOF-er in his own mind Donovan McNabb.

  6. wludford says: Apr 30, 2012 9:06 AM

    Packers are taking chances by not spending quality picks and/or free agency to improve their declining offensive line. Could easily prove to be their achilles heel this year.

  7. theodorethompson says: Apr 30, 2012 9:10 AM

    hepvyharvin says:
    Apr 30, 2012 8:05 AM
    Good point Mike,,,the Pack don’t have a Matt Flynn to fall back on if Rodgy gets leveled by a defender. Smart teams like the Vikings keep 2 good qb’s (see Joe Webb) Packers are one QB injury away from a Colts season,,,

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    Didn’t you mean one injury away from a Vikings season??

  8. mvp43 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:26 AM

    With absolutely no pass rush, the Packers went 15-1.

    They addressed their biggest need by drafting defensive on the first 5 picks. As far as teh backup QB……Harrell has been in the system for a few years and will be fine. He’ll develop the same way as Flynn.

  9. renaissanceman87 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:33 AM

    Wludford…

    I understand your concern. However, Marshall Newhouse and Bryan Bulaga were the offensive tackles of an offense that went 15-1 and scored the 2nd most points in NFL history. Josh Sitton is a beast at RG. Derek Sherrod never got a chance last year and he’s a first round talent, Evan Dietrich Smith proved he could play last year, T.J. Lang is a capable backup that I’m never nervous about should he have to step in and contribute. Jeff Saturday is the veteran of the group.

    I’m quite certain next years’ draft will consist of taking some O-Linemen, receivers, and probably more defensive back help.

  10. theace18 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:46 AM

    Joe Webb is a good athlete. Wasn’t he drafted as WR…moved to QB…then debated whether or not he should be a QB or WR?

    I’d be more worried about keeping Christian Ponder healthy than Aaron Rodgers. At least Rodgers can take a hit and go back into the huddle.

    Ponder takes a hit and he goes back to his hotel room.

  11. thepvyharvin says: Apr 30, 2012 10:00 AM

    jimmysee says:Ponder is and will be a wash-out.
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    well,with a vastly improved line and more wr weapons we shall see,,,I’m betting Ponder will look like Steve Young!

    theodorethompson says:Didn’t you mean one injury away from a Vikings season??
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    ouch,that hurt. I’m giving mom back her puter’ and going to my tree fort if you don’t say you’re sorry!!

  12. uwsptke says: Apr 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    wludford says:
    Apr 30, 2012 9:06 AM
    Packers are taking chances by not spending quality picks and/or free agency to improve their declining offensive line. Could easily prove to be their achilles heel this year.

    =====================

    1) You realize that they spent their 1st round picks in 2010 & 2011 on offensive tackles, right?

    2) All of the offseason ratings I’ve seen so far rank Josh Sitton and TJ Lang as Top-Ten guards (both were steals as 4th round picks). Lang has been a huge improvement over the incredibly overrated Daryn Colledge.

    3) As others have stated, Bulaga is solid and Newhouse held his own last year when he had to play the majority of the season. You can’t flip them since Newhouse is the more athletic of the two, and lacks the strength to play on the right side.

    4) I will agree that I’m surprised they didn’t draft an heir apparent at center, since Saturday is a one or two year stopgap at the position.

    Other than Saturday, all of these guys are entering their primes – Newhouse (will be 24 in September), Lang (25 in September), Sitton (26 in June), and Bulaga (just turned 23). That doesn’t look like a declining line to me. Add in a center, and they’ll arguably have the best young offensive line in football.

  13. purpleguy says: Apr 30, 2012 11:02 AM

    Maybe Bulaga’s arms measure longer on the right side of the offensive line. The Pack’s O-line is fine — it’s the D that’s the issue.

  14. isuhater23 says: Apr 30, 2012 12:13 PM

    Bulaga is a very good RT, shout out to a university of iowa boy! However should be more concerned about the left tackle spot. Even though the Vikings may not be able to beat the packers this year Jared Allen twice a year off of the right edge could prove to be very dangerous for Rodgers.

  15. cpo187 says: Apr 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    These top 100 lists are garbage. Romo 91? Not a Cowboys fan, but #4 in the NFL in passer rating with a 102, 31/10 TD/INT ratio. D’qwell Jackson, the NFL leader in tackles at 96. Guess we will have to see the rest of the list, but so far it looks out of order.

  16. theodorethompson says: Apr 30, 2012 12:27 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Apr 30, 2012 10:00 AM

    theodorethompson says:Didn’t you mean one injury away from a Vikings season??
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    ouch,that hurt. I’m giving mom back her puter’ and going to my tree fort if you don’t say you’re sorry!!

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    Sorry, please get out of the tree fort… We need defenders of the Vikings and someone to rile up the Pack fans!

  17. linemanguy74 says: Apr 30, 2012 12:51 PM

    15-1 but with pressure on they stunk the place up

  18. dukemarc says: Apr 30, 2012 12:57 PM

    isuhater23 says:
    Apr 30, 2012 12:13 PM
    Bulaga is a very good RT, shout out to a university of iowa boy! However should be more concerned about the left tackle spot. Even though the Vikings may not be able to beat the packers this year Jared Allen twice a year off of the right edge could prove to be very dangerous for Rodgers.
    ———————————-

    Allen had 3 sacks in two games against the Packers last year. Considering how many times the Packers threw the ball last year in both those games and the fact Newhouse was just starting out as a LT in the NFL – I would have expected more from Allen, especially considering the overall year he had.

  19. linemanguy74 says: Apr 30, 2012 2:38 PM

    Newhouse had half the team helping him !!!!!

  20. outlawshark says: Apr 30, 2012 8:47 PM

    thepvyharvin says:Apr 30, 2012 8:05 AM

    Good point Mike,,,the Pack don’t have a Matt Flynn to fall back on if Rodgy gets leveled by a defender. Smart teams like the Vikings keep 2 good qb’s (see Joe Webb) Packers are one QB injury away from a Colts season,,,
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    I thought the rule was if you had “2 good QBs”, you didn’t have any.

  21. vikescry1 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:08 PM

    wludford says:
    Apr 30, 2012 9:06 AM
    Packers are taking chances by not spending quality picks and/or free agency to improve their declining offensive line. Could easily prove to be their achilles heel this year. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- ok this guy doesn’t have a clue what he is saying? um just so you know the last 2 years before this years draft. the packers used there first round selections on an offensive lineman. bulaga, and sherrod. sitton our right guard just signed a long term deal. he’s 26 years old. t.j lang our left guard is in his last year of his rookie deal, and our new center saturday well he’s old but they had to replace wells who just left free agency. hardly a declining o-line. get your facts straight before you open mouth and insert foot.

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