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Kenny Clark Doesn’t Know What Position He’s Playing

Typical of the Green Bay Packers. They draft a player and then don’t give him a defined position.

That’s pretty much been the M.O. of Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. It was addressed on the podcast on Monday — the Packers defensive line is largely made up of interior defensive linemen, some of which the Packers ask to play defensive end.

Clark, who played at 315 in 2015, was a nose tackle in college. That won’t necessarily be his role in Green Bay, at least as far as Clark knows.

“They were talking about me being versatile, me being quick, so I don’t know what position I’ll actually be playing when I get up there,” Clark told Mike Heller. “I know all of the situations with the D line… but I don’t know where they’re going to be putting me at. I think I can play a lot of spots on the defensive live and I’m just going to be happy to play wherever they want me to play.”

Well, Kenny, there are only three spots on the Packers’ defensive line, so it will be one of those.

But there’s that word.

Versatility.

We know the Packers are in LOVE with versatility. Sometimes that seems to end up meaning a guy is a jack of all trades and a master of none. Other times, it ends up meaning the Packers have two guys who are really only suited to play one position, but they have to play one of them at a position he isn’t very good at because they don’t have another option.

We saw that latter scenario play out when the Packers had both Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji on the roster. Both, obviously nose tackles. The Packers insisted Raji could play defensive end though and they made him do just that.

They were wrong and Raji was awful.

So, let’s all hope Clark fits the true definition of versatile and not the Packers’ definition. Otherwise, we may just have another nose tackle who’s being forced to play defensive end because the Packers refuse to draft a legitimate 3-4 defensive end.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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11 Comments

  1. Phatgzus May 4, 2016

    Way to illustrate how completely oblivious you are about football, Mordy, the Packers also play a substantial amount of dime and there are FOUR down linemen in that formation. Furthermore, there are seven different techniques that the Packers generally have their linemen play, depending on formation.

  2. Tuson Packer May 4, 2016

    Mordecai. Please. Stop.

  3. ItsATeamGame May 4, 2016

    Dean Lowry is their “a legitimate 3-4 defensive end.” How is that refusal?

  4. pastordad May 4, 2016

    I always hate this time of year. So much speculation because there is so little information trickling out. I have a question, Has anyone heard anything about whether or not John Kuhn gets resigned?

  5. fred May 4, 2016

    They drafted a “legitimate defensive end” in the 4th round

  6. Osseo, WI May 4, 2016

    Could’ve picked Myles Jack but I guess Ted doesn’t want a Luke keuchly on his team. It would have been worth the risk. There was a wealth of DTs picked in the 4th and 5th round.

  7. Chungo May 4, 2016

    Look at these videos: http://draftbreakdown.com/players/kenny-clark/

    Nothing special to watch.
    Name one player from USC that the Pack has drafted which has become a good player-they are all people who are average and can be replaced.

  8. Phatgzus May 4, 2016

    1) Clay Matthewsor is Clay Matthews average in warped little reality?
    2) He’s from UCLA not USC ya dumbass.
    3) This guy and this tape disagree with your uniformed reactionary “analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbD179r7OKo.

  9. V May 4, 2016

    Kenny may just be another good rotational guy in the line of decent rotational guys we already have. I view him as a slightly heavier, taller Mike Daniels without quite as much–spunk. But you never know what you have until the pads come on. We know he (Clark) and Daniels play with good leverage and body control because of they’re wrestling backgrounds. However, I see Clark as a potential starting DE opposite Daniels.

    So, the line appears to be Clark at end, Guion at nose and,Daniels at end at this point. Lowry and Boyd to backup at end and who knows to back up Guion the first month of the season.

    1. Phatgzus May 5, 2016

      Clark will probably get reps there, Boyd may as well.

  10. V May 4, 2016

    “Their” not “they’re”