Green Bay Packers: Projected preseason two-deep depth chart
Starter: Bryan Bulaga
Green Bay GM Ted Thompson didn’t surprise anyone last season when he re-signed Bryan Bulaga to a multi-year contract, despite the fact that Bulaga has been on and off the field with injuries. Though those injuries have been the knock on Bulaga, his overall skill and contributions to the team have been significant.
When he went out for a couple of games in 2015 and was replaced by Don Barclay, the dropoff in talent was quickly evident, not only for the Packers coaches and fans, but to the NFL world. Bulaga’s always been a team player and when asked to move to the left side a couple of seasons ago, he agreed without complaint.
However, that was before he blew out a knee at Family Night and was lost for the year. When David Bakhtiari stepped in for him and played well, the Packers decided to move Bulaga back to the right side, where he has been the mainstay since and will be there for the next couple of years.
Backup: Kyle Murphy
Probably the thinnest position the Packers have on their roster, rookie Kyle Murphy out of Stanford has been tabbed as the backup behind Bulaga. Given Bulaga’s injury history, this is a bit scary.
Murphy was a sixth round pick by Ted Thompson in the 2016 NFL Draft, a player who could turn into one of the diamonds in the rough that Thompson is so well-known in selecting.
As a student at Stanford, Murphy has the brains, but Thompson also likes him as a football player. Here is what Thompson said about him not long after the draft: “He’s a big man, he plays the game well. He was one of coach (James) Campen’s favorites .. very smart obviously”.
We can only hope that Thompson’s selection will pick it up and show the coaches that this was a great move and a player who could be in Green Bay for years to come.
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