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
09/09/15 - RG T.J. Lang looks to be on track to make the Week 1 start at Chicago on Sunday. The veteran starter practiced Wednesday after being out since suffering a concussion in a preseason game Aug. 23.
09/06/15 - RG T.J. Lang will be watched closely this week as the veteran starter looks to get cleared to return to the field for the first time since he suffered a concussion in the preseason game at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 23. Head coach Mike McCarthy has expressed optimism that Lang will be able to play the season opener Sunday at Chicago.
09/01/15 - RG T.J. Lang remained out Tuesday. The veteran starter has been sidelined since suffering a concussion in a preseason game Aug. 23. Head coach Mike McCarthy predicted Lang will be OK to play the Sept. 13 season opener at Chicago.
08/31/15 - RG T.J. Lang, who suffered a concussion the previous weekend, didn't play in Green Bay's loss to the Eagles on Saturday. Josh Walker made the start in the absence of Lang, whose availability for Thursday's preseason finale against New Orleans is unknown.
08/27/15 - RG T.J. Lang still was going through the league-mandated protocol for a concussion and is not expected to play Saturday against Philadelphia. Lang was knocked out of the loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday because of the head injury.