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
12/01/16 - RG T.J. Lang didn't practice Thursday, increasing the likelihood the veteran starter won't be available Sunday against the Texans. Lang missed the last two games because of a foot injury. Though Don Barclay was a full participant in practice Thursday as he gets past a shoulder injury, rookie Jason Spriggs stands to make a second straight start in Lang's absence.
11/30/16 - RG T.J. Lang wouldn't have practiced Wednesday had the team been on the field. The veteran starter has missed the last two games because of a foot injury. Given the short week the Packers are on following the road win Monday night, rookie Jason Spriggs could be pressed into a second straight start at Lang's spot.
11/29/16 - RG T.J. Lang missed a second straight game Monday. The veteran starter has been sidelined with a foot injury. Rookie Jason Spriggs, a natural tackle, made his starting debut in Lang's spot in the win over the Eagles.
11/26/16 - G T.J. Lang (foot) will not play Monday vs. Philadelphia.
11/25/16 - RG T.J. Lang has yet to practice this week and would seem unlikely to play Monday night at Philadelphia. The veteran starter missed the blowout loss at the Washington Redskins last Sunday night because of a foot injury. The Packers have been preparing rookie Jason Spriggs to make his pro starting debut at right guard in Lang's absence with previous fill-in starter Don Barclay on the mend this week with a shoulder injury.