3. Curtis Bolton
Oren Burks was thought to be the Packers’ answer for speed in the middle coming into the 2019 season. After one preseason game, the plans had to change. Burks suffered a torn pectoral muscle, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. The extent of which we are not very sure. The only thing we know is it will not require surgery, as Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Regardless, linebacker Curtis Bolton looks like he will still get significant playing time early in the season. Look for Bolton to clean up his tackling and continue his ascent up the depth chart.
Bolton even got a look as the lone linebacker in the dime package this week, when Blake Martinez missed some practice time due to injury. This expands his repertoire further and we could get a glimpse of this in this game.
I don’t expect defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to show much “scheme”, but this is the opportunity to see what Bolton, and Ty Summers for that matter, have in a game setting before they start to count in the standings.
Bolton was the next man up after Burks’ injury. Can he be the next undrafted gem of the Packers?