BBAO: Big changes for Packers' O-line

May, 3, 2013
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We're Black and Blue All Over:

Good morning. It's the Friday after draft weekend, which means rookie minicamps in some NFL locales (including Minnesota) and a deep breath in many others. But rarely do you see this kind of news emerging on May 3 in the NFL.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has revealed and confirmed a major shakeup of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that he has moved Bryan Bulaga to left tackle after three years on the right side while also flipping guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang. Sitton will now play left guard next to Bulaga, while Lang will play next to an undetermined right tackle. Marshall Newhouse, Don Barclay and Derek Sherrod will compete for that job.

McCarthy said earlier this offseason that he wanted better play from the left side of his line, so in effect he has moved his two best linemen to that side.

I'll have more on this story in a bit, but for now it should be clear that the key to all of this is Bulaga, who was a left tackle at Iowa and was drafted as such in 2010 but has hardly practiced there since. He also missed the final seven games of the regular season last year because of a hip injury. At the very least, if the Packers are going to have a problem position, they want it to be on the right side and not the left.

Continuing around the NFC North:

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