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Lang Looks Like Packers Starting Left Guard

T.J. Lang

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[intlink id=”583″ type=”category”]T.J. Lang[/intlink] has moved ahead of first-round pick [intlink id=”1613″ type=”category”]Derek Sherrod[/intlink] in the competition to replace [intlink id=”94″ type=”category”]Daryn Colledge[/intlink] at left guard for the Green Bay Packers.

Two reports have surfaced in the last 24 hours giving Lang the advantage. The main reason Lang has pulled ahead seems to be his familiarity with the position and the Packers system.

“I really like how T.J.’s come to camp,” McCarthy said. “We have a history with T.J. He’s made a jump from last year. That’s clearly evident.

“Derek’s really just trying to get familiar. He’s going through a little bit of what Bryan (Bulaga) went through last year. He’s not playing as fast as he’d like to. He’s not reacting to things as quickly as he’d like to. It’s a little more thinking than the finishing and urgency you’re looking for.”

Both players played left tackle in college, but Lang has moved around the line since coming to the Packers in 2009. McCarthy has even said Lang’s best position may be at guard and it looks like Lang is proving him right.

If things continue on the current path, Sherrod will be the primary backup at both left guard and left tackle. Eventually, he’ll take over for [intlink id=”225″ type=”category”]Chad Clifton[/intlink] as the starter at left tackle.

Meanwhile, we expect McCarthy to choose a starter at left guard in the next week. As evidenced by past seasons, the coach likes to give the No. 1 offensive line time to gel.

Barring injury, look for that guy to be Lang.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Nate August 18, 2011

    Makes total sense to me. No need to rush the kid into anything if we don’t have to. Give him time to season up.

  2. tequila August 18, 2011

    I heard Thompson hired a clan of ninja to provide a hidden perimeter 24-7. I also heard that there were three Bears fans watching practice the other day sitting behind Brady while he was working for Total Packers. He leaned over and said to them ‘hey guys you wanna hear a Bears joke?’ The guys replied ‘we are all over six fee tall and nearly 300 pounds, do you really want to tell that joke?’ Brady said ‘not anymore, I don’t want to repeat it three times.’ That’s just what heard.

  3. Randomacity August 18, 2011

    For once you actually post some Packers football stuff. Finally. Keep it that way. Don’t play TMZ.

  4. TyKo Steamboat August 18, 2011

    I want Lang as the starter…keep Sherrod healthy and fresh, and keep him groomed for left tackle

  5. Vijay August 18, 2011

    This is a joke…TT and staff need to put the hammer down and get real starters for these positions, especially at LG…we got a little lucky and very hot at the end of last year, but you can’t rely on that happening year in and year out if you want to return to the SB! Ron Wolf would’ve been able to bring in a key free agent or two to make us dominant and win the division with ease. I’m still unsure about this whole draft and develop idea (cheap route) over getting quality starters (Woodson, Pickett) to help with another run. Lest we forget, we did not win the division and snuck in with the hottest QB as a 6th seed. We need to position ourselves for home field throughout…to do that, it takes signing the right/key FA to solidify weaknesses. Or maybe I’m wrong…

    1. TyKo Steamboat August 18, 2011

      TT knows what he is doing…i wish Robert Gallery coulda been our big free-agent pick-up