It was pretty much a given, but Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed today with Chris Roth, the sports director at WBAY-TV, what we all mostly figured would be the case in 2014: That David Bakhtiari would stay at left tackle and returning veteran Bryan Bulaga would move back to right tackle.
— Chris Roth (@rothchris) March 25, 2014
Bakhtiari, who had one of those rookie seasons that flew under the radar for most across the league, was not lost on Packers fans and team officials. He was downright consistent and impressive for much of the season. Facing some tough pass rushers during his rookie campaign, Bakhtiari held his own. He did have a couple of rough outings, but that is to be expected for a rookie.
McCarthy’s confirmation today that he would move Bulaga back to the right side was something that just seemed a no-brainer. The plan at the start of last season was to move Bulaga and then-right guard Josh Sitton to the left side to better protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
However, Bulaga was injured in the Packers Family Night scrimmage and was out for the year.
He took over for Bulaga and never looked back.
The move of Bulaga’s back to the right side does beg the question of what happens to Don Barclay, who spent most of last season at the right tackle position. Will he be moved inside to center? Will T.J. Lang be moved to center and Barclay moved to the right guard position?
And what about 2012 first round Draft pick Derek Sherrod. Expected to be fully healed from the broken leg he suffered in his first season, the Packers hope to get Sherrod into the lineup in some fashion. Where he fits won’t be decided until the team sees him in action during OTAs and training camp.