The Top 5 Position Battles to Watch this Season for the Packers

The Packers will give more chances to young players throughout the roster

It doesn’t matter what you want to call it. Rebuilding, retooling, young movement. The fact is that there is going to be a new version of the Green Bay Packers on the field in 2023, and these changes open the doors for competition. During the season, players grow or get stale, but there are five particular positions on the Packers roster where players will inevitably fight for starting jobs.

Right tackle
Competitors: Yosh Nijman and Zach Tom

One year ago, the expectation was Elgton Jenkins was going to be the long-term right tackle. His performance coming from injury wasn’t that good, though, so the team decided to move him back to left guard, where he’s established as a top player. Yosh Nijman was the initial option after being a solid left tackle during David Bakhtiari’s recovery. He played well, but some ups and downs opened the door for Zach Tom to compete by the end of the season. Tom also played left tackle and guard, totalling five starts, and finished up the year replacing Nijman during the game against the Detroit Lions in week 18.
There is still a chance the Packers staff tries Jenkins at right tackle again, but the presumed battle for the job will be between Nijman and Tom.

Tight end
Competitors: Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft, Josiah Deguara

Generally, it’s difficult for tight ends to impact the offense immediately, considering how complex the position is in the league. However, the Packers have few options otherwise. Josiah Deguara is the veteran of the group, but his style is not exactly appropriate to be a full-time starter — as an h-back type, he’s better suited to be a role player. Enter the two rookie tight ends drafted on day 2 this year. Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft have different styles. Musgrave is a better pass-catching option, but Kraft looks to be more ready to play right away. Maybe, there won’t be a clear cut starter, and these three options will rotate depending on situation and necessity.

Slot corner
Competitors: Keisean Nixon, Rasul Douglas, Eric Stokes

The Packers don’t know yet when and how Eric Stokes will be back from his ankle and knee injuries. While he’s out, the answer is easier: Jaire Alexander and Rasul Douglas will play as outside corners, and Keisean Nixon will be the primary slot corner. When Stokes is back, though, the situation isn’t as clear. Last year, Jaire and Stokes started the season playing outside, but Rasul’s performance in the slot was suboptimal. As Douglas is better on the boundary, defensive coordinator Joe Barry, passing game coordinator Greg Williams and defensive backs coach Ryan Downard will have to work through the players’ styles to find out how to put the best ones on the field at the same time. Last season, Darnell Savage also played as slot corner, but early indications are that the Packers intend to use him as a free safety again.

Strong safety
Competitors: Jonathan Owens, Rudy Ford, Tarvarius Moore, Anthony Johnson Jr.
If Savage is expected to play free safety, the other safety spot is up for grabs. The Packers haven’t re-signed Adrian Amos, who played the position in the last four years. Rudy Ford, who played 42.8% of the defensive snaps last year, was the presumed starter, but the team decided to add competition by signing former Houston Texans starter Jonathan Owens, a solid tackler and good run-stopper. It’s always hard to expect any immediate contribution from seventh-rounders, but Anthony Johnson was expected to be drafted earlier and may end up with a larger role because of his covering skills. Former San Francisco 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore was signed mostly to be a special teamer, but that was the case for Ford last year too, so there’s a chance he gets defensive opportunities as well.

Kicker
Competitors: Anders Carlson and Parker White

After 16 seasons with Mason Crosby, the Packers appeared to have moved on from the veteran. The biggest move so far to find his replacement was during the draft, selecting Anders Carlson in the sixth round. He’s the brother of Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson, who played under Rich Bisaccia. This connection and the draft capital indicate Carlson will be the starter moving forward, but the front office mentioned there will be a competition, and Parker White, who signed a futures contract in January, has an outside chance of winning the job.

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Wendell Ferreira covers the Green Bay Packers for Zone Coverage and Cheesehead TV. He is a Brazilian journalist with over a decade of experience covering the NFL, soccer, NBA, and MMA. Follow him on twitter at @wendellfp  

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mnbadger's picture

May 16, 2023 at 12:09 pm

Thank you Wendell, can't argue with anybody on the list.
I'm especially jacked to hear, and hope to see, that the kicker position is truly going to involve a competition, mano vs. mano.
Let the best kicker break camp, keep the other on Psquad until the story sorts itself out over the course of the year.
Competition is one of the best motivators. No quick hook, just keep options around.
GPG!

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MooPack's picture

May 16, 2023 at 12:11 pm

Seems like everyone wants to put Zach Tom at a Tackle position. I don't get it. Coming out he was considered to be a Center at the pro level. Gute thought so. Is Myers job that safe? I think Tom should at least be given an opportunity to compete there. His intelligence is a ++ there. The big question is the weight. If he stacked some, that is were I'd predict he'd be given a look first.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

May 17, 2023 at 01:17 am

Agreed, real competition for every position on the O line has to be a top priority from here on out. Bakh's position is secure, until he's traded. I don't know the details of his contract or when he's a more valuable trade, preseason or after he's unable to play a full season, God forbid that's the case.

Develop all 90 on the current roster + PS, there's no shortage of talent. GPG!

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Coldworld's picture

May 16, 2023 at 12:12 pm

Tom really doesn’t project to RT. He’s a LT or C who can play G if needed. Walker, Jones maybe. Tom should compete with Myers.

Deguara is competing for a role—will we use the H back or not? Allen will compete with Davis for the 3rd true TE.

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BirdDogUni's picture

May 16, 2023 at 01:46 pm

I should've read the comments before commenting. ; )

I think Gutey ends up trading Bakhtiari at some point, which would put Nijman back at LT where he belongs, IMO.

Tom seems to me like a Jack-of-All-Trades and master of none. I hope he can push Meyers to be the best Center on the team and also fill-in across the line when needed. Tom is a very talented guy, but I'm not sure if he's in the top 5, anywhere on the OL.

I think you're right. Walker and Caleb Jones will likely fight it out to see who our starting RT is. Maybe Rhyan surprises us all and comes in and takes over one of the OT spots? IDK.

I do think there will be a great competition at RT but I just don't think Nijman or Tom will be in the mix at all.

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Coldworld's picture

May 16, 2023 at 02:13 pm

I’d be fine with Nijman moving back under that scenario. My assumption is that unless and until Bakh is traded, he’s our LT, rightly. If that’s the case, of those who’ve played in a game, Nijman is far and away our best RT, and I think better once he gets the footwork down more on that side. Tom is a viable option at LT, but I think less so at RT where his agility is less significant and his lack of strength more so. I’d prefer to see Tom at C this year if not needed at T. Walker, Jones, Tenuta making a leap could change things up too. Hopefully one becomes a viable RT behind Nijman or even starting if Bakh did go and Nijman replaced him.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

May 17, 2023 at 01:20 am

Lots of big guys not mentioned, hopefully they're getting developed, prepared, and allowed to legitimately compete for the roster this year.

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dobber's picture

May 16, 2023 at 02:43 pm

I'll be curious to see who lines up out there with the 1s in minicamp, and how they rotate guys through the right side at the start of TC.

I agree in that I don't see Tom as a long-term RT, and that he looks like a LT to me, but he only has limited time on the field to assess.

"Deguara is competing for a role"

And how. A day 2 pick and almost no tread on his tires.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 16, 2023 at 05:09 pm

I doubt that Deguara is going anywhere, and he'll probably get more snaps than any other TE in the opener. If that changes during the season, it'll be because Musgrave and/or Kraft are impressing the coaches more. Also, Deguara plays Hback and is a fullback-type lead blocker on some plays.. He has a role in this offense this year.

Tom is our sixth starter on the Oline. As soon as the first guy gets hurt, he'll be in the lineup.

I'd have Bakhtiari at LT, of course. Then I'd put Jenkins at center, where he can call out blocking as well as handle the ball on every play. He'd also make both guards better. I'd play Nijman at RT, Runyan at LG, and I'd move Myers over to RG.

Somebody will get hurt, so it's kind of moot, anyway.

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Coldworld's picture

May 17, 2023 at 12:33 pm

I want to see the H back role. If we do I think Deguara shows up. I don’t want to see him used heavily as a traditional TE absent injury. Lots of references to what a certain West Coast team does yet again. This year, the H back role may be realized. A lot if that will go to Deguara. We will be better for it. However, with LaFleur, I will believe it when I see it and the O concepts he was brought in to install fleshed out on field.

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BuckyBadger's picture

May 16, 2023 at 06:40 pm

If you can play LT you can play RT.

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Coldworld's picture

May 17, 2023 at 12:55 pm

Actually, while the difference has narrowed a little, statistically most runs occur to the strong side. Since most teams have right handed QBs, that means that the right tackle is usually facing the best run blockers and is ideally the best OL in the run game.

At LT, the premium is on agility and stopping, diverting and definitely delaying the blindside blitz. Typically that’s where teams primarily employ the fastest and most agile rushers most often.

So while Ts can be interchangeable, to do so they need both great mobility and great strength at the point of attack and in engaging defenders down field. Tom is a smaller, highly agile guy, but he’s not a powerful anchor and he’s smaller. Nijman is, moreover, he’s a plus run player at T. ESPN rated him the best run playing T in the league in 2022.

So some LTs and RTs can play equally well on both sides, but they are few and far between. Others are very much more one sided. Nijman is a phenomenal athlete, who, physically, probably can play both. Tom profiles to left much more than right.

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ReaganRulz's picture

May 17, 2023 at 07:10 am

Projected positions are good for drafts, but that’s about it. Tom proved that he can play on the Right side, so let’s not discount the real world evidence. But in the end, obviously…lets get the best 5 guys out there!!

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Coldworld's picture

May 17, 2023 at 12:35 pm

In actuality, that’s the one position he really didn’t hold up well at. A limited showing, admittedly.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

May 16, 2023 at 12:15 pm

Going to be a lot of fun competition everywhere on team. Back-up QB?

Frankly, just which spot will Musgrave start off focusing on? Will it be TE, or big power/slot? How about that #3 WR? Will Tom push Meyer? Might Rhyan challenge Runyan?

You could go thru the defense as well position by position. Going to be fun! Summer camp going to be fascinating!

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BirdDogUni's picture

May 16, 2023 at 12:43 pm

How are we going to ensure the coaching staff doesn't pull another shit-show on the OL like last year? Playing Hanson and Newman might have been some of the stupidest shit ever...

It's like the coaching staff has blinders on sometimes. Amari Rodgers returning punts and kicks type stupid.

It's like they get something in their heads and refuse to revisit it no matter what BS happens. It makes me sick sometimes.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 16, 2023 at 07:33 pm

Dude. No choice. You play the best guy you have that's healthy.

It was like a Jenga tower last year. Your 3 top dogs are all coming off a serious injury. Then Runyan got hurt and we shuffled some more, and in one of these iterations, we had them playing side by side, which created a big problem in the B gaps.

Once everybody got their "legs" under them, so to speak, we played pretty well and Newman and Hanson didn't see the field anymore.

The problem, which I keep repeating, is that since we didn't do anything in the draft, Newman and Hanson are the #7 and #8 OL. These other guys have never taken a snap in the NFL. And that's not a problem.....until guys get hurt and we have to do some shuffling.

Tom looks like a 6th man to me who we can put in the game and keep moving the ball. And as long as we don't take any more injuries, we're OK. IMO, that's unlikely to happen.

We just signed a guy, Sciaffe,who should be able to come in and compete for an interior backup position. I'm generally a happy camper, but I'm not happy about the depth of our Oline.

If ONE of these guys has improved since last year, that would be great: Newman,Hanson, Rhyan, Walker, Jones. I'm not being greedy, but it would be great if at least one of these guys can help us this year.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

May 17, 2023 at 01:25 am

I see Musgrave as a big bodied receiver, no matter what they call him. Plenty of uses for him even if he's not a starter or gets limited snaps. "Draft and develop" needs to be now for all 90, + PS. Coaching staff gets to earn their salary. GPG!

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splitpea1's picture

May 16, 2023 at 01:01 pm

It would be nice if we had a little more depth behind Nixon at slot; we seem to have an abundance of boundary guys. Both Valentine and a recently signed player named Hooper are mostly experienced as perimeter guys. After Nixon, Alexander would be our best option against certain receivers, but we would certainly like to see Stokes back in good form before that happens.

Safety: I think we're going to be starting with a committee and riding whomever is hot for certain periods, while trying to sneak Johnson, Jr. in there for a look at some point.

Kicker: I don't care who it is, coach's favorite or not, just someone who is reasonably consistent with accuracy and hammering the ball into the end zone.... please no revolving door like we've done with punters in the recent past.

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greengold's picture

May 16, 2023 at 01:29 pm

"Former San Francisco 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore was signed mostly to be a special teamer..." I've read this narrative so many times, Wendell!!!

Congratulations! You're the only one who qualified it with "but that was the case for Ford last year too, so there’s a chance he gets defensive opportunities as well."

I'd love to know who started this "mainly STs" stuff.

De'Vondre Campbell & Rasul Douglas both widely considered fringe signings with the Packers at the time. One became First Team All-Pro, and the other went to the Pro Bowl. I was a huge fan of Tarvarius Moore in his 2018 draft (R3, #95 Overall), and I could easily see Tarvarius meet with like success being moved back to his natural Strong Safety position.

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Coldworld's picture

May 16, 2023 at 01:39 pm

I think it comes from the fact that he mainly played STs last year coming back from an Achilles tear, until the playoffs. That hot latched on to and the narrative began.

I agree with you in that it does not make sense to me either. Moore may play STs, but I see no basis for the belief that he was signed just for that in my view. I think he’s here to compete and an opportunity to prove it.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

May 17, 2023 at 01:29 am

I'm hoping Rich Bassacia has all these "special reamers" competing as well as himself competing to replace MLF /JB. Massive issues from those two last year, I just want to see it fixed and in game adjustments become reality.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 16, 2023 at 07:38 pm

These special teams guys? People get hurt and now they're on the field in important games trying to cover a really good receiver. I'd rather have guys who can play a position well, because as I've mentioned many times, quite a bit of what we do on special teams is a losing proposition.

One Rasul Douglas is worth quite a few special teams demons.

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BirdDogUni's picture

May 16, 2023 at 01:38 pm

Personally, I don't see Zach Tom playing RT, unless two or more guys get hurt, but that's just me.

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Packer_Fan's picture

May 16, 2023 at 01:59 pm

So what is happening with Eric Stokes?? Is he in Green Bay working out? No one talks or reports about him. Is there something else?

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Coldworld's picture

May 16, 2023 at 02:18 pm

He’s hurt like Gary. He will no doubt be going through whatever rehab is prescribed. That can be in GB, but often isn’t. It depends on the players, his doctors and those of the team whether he uses Lambeau facilities or not. He can’t do more than that till he passes his physical. In his and Gary’s case that could be in preseason or not till in season, but PUP is anticipated for both to open camp.

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dobber's picture

May 16, 2023 at 02:28 pm

My understanding is that the start of camp is about the earliest he's expected to return.

Others might have more up-to-date info, and I'd be happy to be wrong.

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PackfanNY's picture

May 16, 2023 at 02:42 pm

I found this from March. This sounds very promising. I would just caution as you probably know Packers are notably cautious wit these type of injuries.

https://wisportsheroics.com/eric-stokes-injury-update/

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greengold's picture

May 16, 2023 at 04:26 pm

Thank you, PackFanNY!!! HUGE!!!

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 16, 2023 at 05:02 pm

Thanks for the link...it was encouraging.

On the same site another article today discussed that Stokes may be behind schedule. The author even mentioned Stokes may have had a setback and may even be traded or cut? SMH...

And a 3rd article today at WI Sport Heroics also quoted Rich Bicassia as saying the Packers are in talks with Crosby's team to bring him to camp.

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BirdDogUni's picture

May 16, 2023 at 05:20 pm

So, we don't know if it's total BS or not. That is why I hate this time of year. About time for me to focus on something else now that the draft is over.

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Coldworld's picture

May 16, 2023 at 06:23 pm

They are not going to be able trade a hurt guy. He would not pass his physical. It’s highly unlikely they’re trade a guy on a rookie contract who was all rookie in his first year anyway. They can’t cut him till he passes his physical. They could wave injured but they are still going to end up paying him anyway. Since they can put him on PUP, that makes no sense.

The only exception might be if they think his injury would be health threatening were he to play again or simply make that impossible, in which case they won’t be likely to trade him. In that case, as with Shields and others, we would release him and reach a settlement and make it clear we didn’t feel comfortable putting him out on the field.

He hurt himself in week 9. A return before the season would be right at the fast end of the spectrum and thus is statistically unlikely. As of March there was some talk of an earlier return. It can happen, but experience tells me to believe it when we see it—minor “setbacks” are part of the typical recovery, it’s not usually smooth. Don’t expect him to necessarily be ready to play immediately he passes his physical either. There is usually a lag.

As to Crosby, Bissacia just reiterated this afternoon that he has confidence in Carlson, are going to run with him, but they won’t “close the door” on Crosby. Translation. We’ve moved on if Carlson lives up to our expectations and stays healthy. If he does not, and Crosby is still available, then he may be an option. The same thing they have said since the draft.

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Coldworld's picture

May 17, 2023 at 12:39 pm

P.S. I read somewhere today that Stokes is attending Packers off season work but there is no timetable as yet for him to return to practice. So no news other than he’s been around the facility voluntarily showing up to participate in the class room activities.

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T7Steve's picture

May 18, 2023 at 08:19 am

You'd think anyone would try to rehab at the team facility now days. If they don't, any setback or injuries are on them now. Isn't that included now in the non-football related injuries?

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Ima Payne's picture

May 16, 2023 at 04:40 pm

If your going to play a lot of young guys the the coaches have a good excuse for losing. But then the tradition of the Pack is to let the ones you developed go to save a buck and bring in youngins.
At least they are making money.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

May 16, 2023 at 04:58 pm

This is your takeaway? That playing young guys give coaches an excuse for losing? How about they have no choice but to play young guys due to salary cap limits and being unable to afford veteran options. How about if the coaches don't get the young guys to play well, they don't keep their coaching jobs.

Aaron Rodgers talent resulted in a lot of wins that covered up a lack of talent in many areas of the roster at times. Coaches now will have to prove they can coach every position on this roster well because there is no MVP talent (at least at this point) overcoming flaws in the roster. It will be good to see how they do.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 16, 2023 at 08:01 pm

''''Aaron Rodgers talent resulted in a lot of wins that covered up a lack of talent in many areas of the roster at times.''''

This is fundamentally wrong on so many levels that I'm not even sure where to start, so I'll go with Math.

In a 16 game season, an average team, with average coaching, etc., and an average QB would win 8 games, plus or minus. And that's what we had last year. 8 wins. We had a very AVERAGE OFFENSE, and an AVERAGE DEFENSE.

And Aaron Rodgers? AVERAGE AVERAGE AVERAGE in every measure. I'd like you to point me to ONE game last year that we only won because he was able to cover up the lack of talent on the roster. Because I can absolutely point to several games where it was HIS poor performance was a primary factor in the loss.

'''' Coaches now will have to prove they can coach every position on this roster well because there is no MVP talent'''

So wrong. When LaFleur came aboard in 2019, Rodgers had been hurt all of 2018, and had missed half of 2017. There was no MVP talent at QB. Even in 2019, when Rodgers stayed healthy, he was pretty average in quite a few measures. But in 2020 and 2021 Rodger was the MVP.

So where was the MVP talent before 2020? Is there any possibility that the coaches might have possibly had anything at all to do with his success? Or did he just decide to be awesome?

Here's the bottom line: Gutekunst and LaFleur took over a team that had missed the playoffs two years in a row. It was led by an aging HOFer. They squeezed two MVP seasons out of him while simultaneously preparing his replacement, who is ready now, and then got two picks for a guy we didn't want on the team anymore, a 43 and probably somewhere around 24 next year. We used the 43 on Musgrave.

That's what happened. Aaron Rodgers wasn't carrying anything. Watch his highlight reel from last year. Every throw is a soft lob down the sideline. Really accurate and precise, but no substitute for stepping into the throw and rifling a strike over the hashmarks..

Packers are going to be better than 8-9 this year, and I think you're going to see an old, tired Aaron Rodgers on a cold day in New Jersey and realize we're a lot better off.

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Lphill's picture

May 17, 2023 at 02:17 pm

that average QB with a broken finger and inconsistent receivers still finished ranked 15th out of 32 QB 's pretty good for average.

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bottlefliper's picture

May 17, 2023 at 04:38 am

AR did not cover up anything. He did not made anyone better around him, espacialy outside his 3 person "friend" circle.
He forced the ball to DA (and Adams showed us that he may helped more AR than the other way around) and felt sorry for his all the time. If eyerolling, fingerpointing and everyone else blaming "cover up" than he did it.
He was than even better with his covering up when the games start to count. Than he played like 5% of the SC and not 20% like the other top QB did.
We wont miss his cover up at all, not on and not off the field.
Should he run the Jets into the ground, they deserve it.

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BirdDogUni's picture

May 16, 2023 at 05:22 pm

Shouldn't you be worried about what the poor vikings are doing to improve their mess of a team, instead of over here spouting nonsense?

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Leatherhead's picture

May 16, 2023 at 05:01 pm

Praise the Lord, we signed a guy to compete with Hanson and Newman. DJ Scaife. We picked him up on waivers. I mean, if the team doesn't think he's better than somebody we already have, what's the point? The video on him is as a RG, which is the least important spot on the line, but it's still important enough that you have to have a guy who can play if the man in front of him gets hurt.

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Coldworld's picture

May 16, 2023 at 06:53 pm

Churn is a Gute thing. He may have been an invite who accepted elsewhere. He’s a UDFA who was waived straight after the Dolphins’ rookie camp. He’s on a par with Filiaga effectively, although from a bigger program (Miami).

T/G, but read G only. Not particularly impressive in pass protection, better in the run game, but not particularly athletic or strong.

I don’t think he moves the needle, but more opportunities give a chance for someone to prove they were underrated.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 16, 2023 at 08:09 pm

What I liked about the Sciafe thing is that he has two salient qualities: He's pretty fast for an offensive lineman, and he's got a pretty good wing span.

I've actually seen him graded out as a better pass protector than run blocker, but a little better than average at both. Obviously, the personnel people thought he was worth being on on the 90 man roster.

I agree that the best case scenario is back up RG. I'd tend to agree that he's not a needle-mover.....unless he is. Maybe he really blossoms under the same coaching that helped Nijman exceed what people thought he could do. Or maybe he gets cut. Or maybe he breaks himself. But I'm just happy that we brought somebody in, because after our first six, I'm not very happy about playing any of those guys.

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Coldworld's picture

May 17, 2023 at 07:11 am

He’s got OK lineal burst, but his long speed, which is good, doesn’t mean much. His short area mobility isn’t Tackle worthy.

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 16, 2023 at 05:12 pm

I could see Bak being traded before the deadline if enough is offered.

As a fan, I want him protecting Love on the blind side all season. More than a competition between Yosh and Tom at RT, I want a camp contest between Tom and Myers. And between Myers and Runyan. Let Yosh compete with the young Oak Trees.

I hope the best 5 start against the bares. I can see Bak, Jenks, Tom, Myers/Runyan and Yosh.

Safety depth chart is going to be fun to watch. As will the combinations at TE and if Deguara finds a more consistent role on the O as H back. I think when he played, he was solid.

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stockholder's picture

May 17, 2023 at 05:59 am

The longer they keep Bahk.
The bigger the chance for a comp 3rd rd.

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ReaganRulz's picture

May 17, 2023 at 07:28 am

Totally agree on your Bak assessment. Yes, we’d probably get more capital if we were to trade him now, but we need leadership and stability in this first Post-Rodger’s era. And it doesn’t suck too much that Bak is healthy and hopefully motivated to return to his normal standards on the Blind Side!!

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BuckyBadger's picture

May 16, 2023 at 06:41 pm

Will be hard to trade Bahk at this point. His contract is too big and he isn't the player he was. Unless they are willing to unload him for a late 3rd day pick he will be on the Packers.

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Coldworld's picture

May 16, 2023 at 06:56 pm

Till June 2. Even better after the season. He’s actually relatively cheap for any other team after June 2, as a lot of the cap hit stays with us and this year and he’s already got the money. His actual salary isn’t too bad.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 16, 2023 at 08:11 pm

I think it'd be better to keep him this year and then trade him after the season. If you want to win in the NFL, you don't throw away perfectly good Left Tackles. He'll help us more this season than any draft pick in next year's draft, that's for sure.

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gsd3's picture

May 18, 2023 at 03:45 am

Read an interesting article this morning. 2022 re-draft based upon rookie performance. In the draft, Zach Tom went #29 in the 1st round to New England.
If they truly want to put the best 5 out there, he will be starting somewhere.
Let the competition begin.
In the re-draft we ended up with Jahan Dotson and Kirby Joseph. Watson went @ 19 to New Orleans.

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ArlenWilliams's picture

May 19, 2023 at 05:09 am

Reading about Jonathan Owens at Packers.com, etc. He looks like the starter. He's 27 and still improving. Tremendous athlete. And guess what... HE EVEN TACKLES. Seems to be an great quiet FA pick-up by Gutey and the scouts, who are also improving.

I'd say Owens is more likely to be a starter all season than any of the other safeties, including Savage.

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