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
10/21/16 - RG T.J. Lang briefly was out of the game early in the second half Thursday night because of a hip injury, replaced by Don Barclay. Lang returned to play late in the third quarter and finished the game.
10/13/16 - G T.J. Lang was downgraded from full to limited participation in practice Thursday. The veteran starter has been dealing with a hip injury in the early portion of the season. Lang, though, continues to play through the discomfort, so there is nothing to suggest he won't be in the starting lineup at right guard Sunday against the Cowboys.
10/12/16 - G T.J. Lang, who has been fighting through a hip injury early in the season, is expected to be OK to make the start Sunday against the Cowboys. Lang is on the injury report this week but practiced as a full-time participant Wednesday.
09/22/16 - RG T.J. Lang was added to the injury report and didn't practice Thursday because of a hip injury. The extent of Lang's setback isn't known. If the injury is serious enough to keep Lang from playing Sunday (1 p.m. ET) against the Detroit Lions, the Packers figure to go with versatile backup Don Barclay.
08/02/16 - RG T.J. Lang was activated from the physically unable to perform list Monday and has begun practicing on a limited schedule. The veteran lineman needed the entire offseason to recover from a torn labrum. Lang isn't expected to play the first preseason game Sunday in Canton, meaning the Packers probably will go with Lane Taylor as the fill-in starter.