4. Curtis Bolton
After last week’s game against the Texans, it would have been a safe assumption Ty Summers would have gotten the first crack at replacing an injured Oren Burks. He did fill up the stat sheet with tackles, after all.
It also would have been understood if last year’s undrafted gem James Crawford was the one. He has the most experience in the system outside of the other inside linebackers on the roster. But come Saturday, the first practice after the game, it was Curtis Bolton next to Blake Martinez.
Bolton looked good Thursday night. He was quick to the ball and was in the right place at the right time to snag a tipped pass for an interception late in the second quarter, leading to a Packers field goal. He still has a long way to go learning the system but, for his first go-round, he wasn’t a weak link.
Ty Summers will have something to say about that before it’s all said and done. Summers’ game this week was similar to last. He was fast and got to the ball quick, yet he missed more than a couple tackles.
Hopefully, each player is able to avoid injury the rest of the way. Even if Burks is able to come back sooner rather than later, both Bolton and Summers should see the field this year.