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
11/26/14 - RG T.J. Lang was held out of practice Wednesday, strictly as a precautionary move as the veteran starter continues to play with a left ankle injury. McCarthy said Wednesday that Lang is "further ahead" in his recovery between games than he has been the last couple weeks. Barring a major setback by the end of the week, Lang should make his customary start Sunday against the Patriots.
11/24/14 - RG T.J. Lang aggravated a left ankle injury on a run by Eddie Lacy to start Green Bay's second series in its win at Minnesota on Sunday. Lang came out for the rest of the series, replaced by Lane Taylor, but he returned in the Packers' next possession and finished the game.
11/20/14 - RG T.J. Lang likewise was held out of practice Wednesday. He's in the same boat as Sitton for getting more rest and recovery than on-field time the last two weeks because of a lingering ankle injury. The Packers' hope is Lang will be good enough again to make his customary start Sunday at Minnesota.
11/13/14 - RG T.J. Lang also was on the practice field for non-team drills Thursday. Like Sitton, it was Lang's first practice involvement since he suffered ligament and muscle damage in his left ankle in the Oct. 26 game against New Orleans. Lang also managed to make his customary start against the Bears last time out and should be OK on his limited schedule this week to play Sunday.
11/12/14 - RG T.J. Lang also was held out of practice Wednesday. Lang is likely to be off the field for most of the week in an effort to allow him to be healthy enough to make the start against the Eagles on Sunday. Lang played Sunday night against the Bears after not practicing last week because of ligament and muscle damage in his left ankle.