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
08/17/17 - G T.J. Lang, who underwent hip surgery in January when he was still a member of the Green Bay Packers, has only practiced on back-to-back days once this preseason, and he did not do team drills on the second of those days. Lang did not play in last week's preseason opener against the Colts.
08/08/17 - G T.J. Lang has missed half of the Lions' first eight practices as he continues his return from January hip surgery.
The Lions insist they're not worried about the chemistry up front between him and new right tackle Rick Wagner. "We've had time with walk-throughs and stuff," Wagner said. "Obviously, I sit right next to him in meetings so we're kind of going through the plays mentally. If we're not out there together, we're definitely mentally in the meeting room together, so we'll get plenty of opportunity to get our time on the field together." The Lions splurged in free agency on Lang and Wagner in an effort to upgrade the right side of their offensive line. Lang was a Pro Bowler for the Green Bay Packers last year, while Wagner is considered one of the best pass-protecting right tackles in football.
08/01/17 - RG T.J. Lang sat out team drills Sunday and missed practice on Monday as the Lions are strictly monitoring reps this preseason. Lang, who signed a three-year free-agent deal with the Lions in March, is coming off January hip surgery. Laken Tomlinson has played with the first-team offense in Lang's absence.
03/12/17 - G T.J. Lang left the Packers to sign a three-year contract with the Lions, reportedly for $28.5 million with $19 million guaranteed.
Lang spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Packers was a Pro Bowl selection last season for the first time. He chose the Lions over the Seattle and Green Bay.
12/21/16 - G T.J. Lang practiced in limited fashion Wednesday. The veteran starter at right guard is trying to bounce back from an upper-back injury that knocked him out of the final moments of Green Bay's last-second win at Chicago on Sunday. Lang, who was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time Tuesday, has played hurt a lot this season. Saturday's matchup with the Vikings could be more of the same.