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Report: Packers Rookie Carl Bradford Sees Time at Inside Linebacker

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Report: Packers Rookie Carl Bradford Sees Time at Inside Linebacker

After giving Carl Bradford an opportunity to play outside linebacker early in training camp, the Green Bay Packers appear open to making a switch.

According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The playmaking menace from Arizona State — the one who rushed quarterbacks nearly 100% of the time — has yet to surface in Green Bay. So on Monday, the Packers gave Bradford a look at inside linebacker. Part of the reason is the quadriceps injury Brad Jones is dealing with.

But the Packers must know whether Bradford is worth developing.

On Monday, both Bradford and Nate Palmer worked inside during Green Bay's half-line drill.

"Right now, I'm up for anything," Bradford said. "Wherever they place me, I'm going to work....Wherever I can fit in, I'm willing to play anything."

The Packers have a glut of outside linebackers on the roster, including Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Andy Mulumba, Jayrone Elliott and Adrian Hubbard.

There's not room to keep all of them, so it's doesn't come as a surprise that the Packers are perhaps looking to move Bradford and Palmer to the inside.

Bradford did line up occasionally as an inside linebacker as late as his senior season at Arizona State, but when he did, was utilized almost strictly on the blitz up the interior of hte offense.

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Packatron's picture

Get the best 11 guys on the field at the same time. Make some plays. That's all I care about. If that means moving dudes around, so be it.

Stroh's picture

Moving rookies around tends to slow or stunt their development tho. With vets, not so much. That said, IMO (and I stated it right after they drafted him) I don't think he'll make it at OLB and moving him to ILB is his best shot w/ the Packers.

Clay Zombo's picture

You(Stroh) and a few others called that one right,

I myself needed to see him at OLB first though because of the value of pass rushers in this league. I also wanted him to start out at OLB because I thought that gave him the best chance to make an early impact for the Packers.

Well not only is he not needed at OLB anymore this year, hes proven that's not his best fit so the move to the middle gives him a chance to prove he's worth keeping around,

Very little chance that he would have unseated one of the starters at ILB even if he would have worked there from the beginning so moving him now, this late in the process shouldn't be an issue. I Just hope he shows enough that they want to keep him on the 53 this year.

Stroh's picture

I don't blame the Packers for trying him at OLB. I probably would have too, given the much higher value of an OLB, as opposed to an ILB. I just didn't think he would make it at OLB in the NFL. But it made all the sense in the world to at least try him at OLB first. Let's hope he can make an impression and they can groom him into an ILB in a year or so. I think he could be really good inside. The biggest issue I see w/ him is his arms are so short, he's going to have a lot of trouble disengaging from OL. He might need to temper his style of play and demeanor slightly too. At ILB if he is calling plays, he's got to keep a more level head and not get too fired up. Barnett had that problem, which was why they gave Hawk the playcalling.

Otto's picture

I was hoping there was some James Harrison in him.

Catch on quick, kid, they could use the help at ILB.

RedQ's picture

I'd like to see Hubbard at ILB. He's much bigger and a bit faster than Bradford. I'm not sure either is going to make the cut.

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