The Green Bay Packers officially named Daryn Colledge the starter at left guard for the season opener at Philadelphia, Sept. 12.
Colledge had been competing with rookie Bryan Bulaga, but as we predicted on Friday, Bulaga’s inability to play because of a hip flexor ultimately cost him. Bulaga didn’t play on Thursday against Indianapolis and was a limited participant in Sunday’s practice.
During Bulaga’s absence, College played well — as has been the case with the entire offensive line this preseason.
“I tried not to look at my competition as those guys. I knew what I had to do to be a better player, and obviously I did enough to do that,” Colledge said. “I still have things I need to improve on and things that I want to take into this season, but for right now I have the opportunity to start on this line, and that’s important.”
“… if you don’t like challenges, you shouldn’t be playing this game. It’s going to be every week. I can feel I’m the starter now, but if I start to not perform well, they’re going to have somebody right behind me that’s ready to go again. I’ve got talented players behind me and I’ve got talented players all around me.”
Bulaga first heard about the decision from the media.
“He won the job,” said Bulaga. “Coach made a decision. That’s what it is. Obviously I’m disappointed I’m not the guy, but been nicked up a little bit. That’s just the way it goes.”
Bulaga will remain the primary backup at left tackle and left guard and could continue to push for Colledge’s starting position as the season progresses.