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
12/21/16 - 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.
12/19/16 - G T.J. Lang will be trying to make a quick recovery to play Saturday against the Vikings. The veteran starter at right guard suffered a strained muscle in his upper back when he collided with left guard Lane Taylor late in Sunday's game at Chicago. Both players had to leave the game with the Packers on the verge of pulling out the victory. Taylor sustained an injury to his hip. Head coach Mike McCarthy said the Monday the concern isn't high for either player as the Packers get ready to play Minnesota. Don Barclay and rookie Jason Spriggs finished the game at the guard spots.
12/12/16 - G T.J. Lang returned to action and made the start at right guard in the blowout victory over the Seahawks on Sunday. The veteran starter missed the previous three games because of a broken foot. He said after the game that he was no worse for the wear with the foot.
12/07/16 - RG T.J. Lang returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a foot injury in the Nov. 13 loss at the Tennessee Titans. Lang has missed the last three games. He participated in individual drills Wednesday. Still to be determined is whether Lang could return to action Sunday against the Seahawks. Otherwise, the Packers figure to stick with rookie Jason Spriggs, who has played well in Lang's spot the last two-plus games.
12/05/16 - RG T.J. Lang (foot) was inactive Sunday for the game against Houston.