Every year the media becomes enamored with a young Green Bay Packers player who has impressed in OTAs and minicamp, both of which are conducted without pads. This year, that guy is undrafted rookie guard Lane Taylor.
As you might expect in judging football players before they put pads on, sometimes these love affairs are justified and other times they’re not. For example, last season everyone was hot on another undrafted rookie — outside linebacker Dezman Moses.
Moses flashed a lot of quickness in padless drills and continued to show a knack to get to the quarterback when training camp started. He eventually won a roster spot.
Then there are guys like cornerback Brandon Underwood, who was said to be making the mythical second-year jump back in 2010. Then the pads came on and he pretty much disappeared. He eventually got released in 2011.
So what about Taylor?
Well, unlike most undrafted rookies, Taylor has a pretty decent pedigree. He’s 6-3, 324 and was a four-year starter at Oklahoma State.
He’s been working with the No. 2 offensive line unit at right guard thus far.
“Rolling with the twos right now, I think I’m getting better every day,” Taylor said during last week’s minicamp. “I think I’ll get better and better the more naturally the plays come to me. But it’s definitely encouraging and makes me want to just hold down that spot and do better.”
Considering the Packers aren’t terribly strong or deep on the offensive line, Taylor may have a real shot to stick around. Of course, that all depends on whether he can keep improving when the pads come on.
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T.J. Lang (former self proclaimed best Packer’s guard) is put “on notice”….perhaps.
Word. This kid has some savage-like tendencies when you watch him play. I just hadda premonition that McCarthy would kick Lang out to right tackle and this kid would plug in at RG. Do NOT hold me to that, though… lol
Lang’s contract could end up being a mistake, though in hindsight.
Lang did not play well last season, and now I give Lane a good shot to replace him. Lane is bigger, stronger and meaner.
Lang has no shot at tackle considering Barclay outplayed him last season. No reason to think Barclay wouldn’t even be better this year.
Ahhh, the TJ Lang hate continues. They aren’t kicking him out to RT. That’s silly talk. He was kick-out there last year and got eaten alive. If anything, Lang would get moved to center. Taylor’s fighting for a roster spot and Tretter’s injury makes that difficult task easier. And an UDFA it’s a long-shot but he has a chance. Let’s start there. We can talk about him or somebody else replacing Lang in 2015.
Lars, I thought you died in “The Thing.”
Good to see you made it.
Watched him play for the Pokes for 4 years. He’s got his head straight and is a beast on the field. Can’t wait to see him in the Green and Gold.