Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: OT T.J. Lang of Eastern Michigan is a player to watch as the Packers approach a transition at the position. Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher have been the starting bookends at left and right tackle, respectively, since they were rookies in 2000. While Clifton will be back for another season but has chronic knee problems, Tauscher apparently won't be re-signed as a free agent after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in January. That leaves a huge void, which could be filled by the promising Lang, a fourth-round choice. He made his mark the last two years of college at left tackle, but Lang also has starting experience at right tackle. Wherever he lined up, Lang shut down explosive Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English (No. 16 overall pick of the San Diego Chargers) in their Mid-American Conference matchups. The Packers like the 6-foot-4, 316-pound Lang's athleticism and feistiness. A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 4/109 -- T.J. Lang, OT, 6-4, 316, Eastern Michigan...With uncertainty at both bookend spots -- right tackle Mark Tauscher is unsigned as he recovers from major knee surgery in January, and left tackle Chad Clifton has endured knee problems the last few years and is entering the last year of his contract -- Lang was drafted as an insurance policy. He started 36 straight games, 10 at right tackle and the last 26 at left tackle, in a zone-blocking scheme that jibes with the Packers'. The converted defensive tackle, regarded for his physicality and drive blocking, also has center-guard material. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout T.J. Lang News
08/21/14 - RG T.J. Lang aggravated an injury to his left shoulder late in practice Tuesday. His status for Friday's game against the Raiders is unknown. The team didn't practice Wednesday, and McCarthy didn't provide an update on his veteran starter during his news conference. Lang's availability for the game probably will depend on whether he participates in practice Thursday.
08/21/14 - RG T.J. Lang participated in the team's abbreviated practice of an hour Thursday. Lang, who dropped out of practice Tuesday after banging his left shoulder before the team had a day off from the field, filled his customary role with the starting group Thursday. That is a good sign he will be available to play Friday night, when the Packers host the Oakland Raiders.
08/20/14 - RG T.J. Lang dropped out near the end of practice Tuesday after he banged his left shoulder, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. Lang watched the rest of practice with an ice pack on the shoulder, which bothered the veteran starter at the outset of training camp. McCarthy indicated the team's medical staff wasn't concerned about the latest shoulder flare-up for Lang.
07/30/14 - RG T.J. Lang had increased work in practice Wednesday as the Packers returned to the field following a day off in the first week of training camp. Lang, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury since the start of camp, split reps with backup Don Barclay at right guard with the starting group.
07/28/14 - RG T.J. Lang continues to have extremely limited involvement at the outset of training camp because of a shoulder injury. The veteran starter made a cameo appearance in a few drills Monday. Don Barclay handled the bulk of the starting reps at Lang's spot for the third straight day. Head coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Monday that he isn't worried about Lang's status. The Packers will be off Tuesday.