The Green Bay Packers officially signed RT Mark Tauscher, and placed CB Will Blackmon on I.R. with a season ending ACL tear. Mitchell got the discussion going yesterday. What does it mean for the offensive line in the upcoming weeks?
Since it was known that Tauscher would be resigned, I've been expecting him to start at right tackle, but not immediately. Mike McCarthy admitted he's got only a slight chance of playing next Sunday. In the meantime, LT Chad Clifton would return from his ankle injury, C Scott Wells would stay at center, and LG Daryn Colledge can go to the bench. But that's not how it's going. From Greg Bedard:
Clifton and Colledge were both back working with the original starting line with Spitz, Sitton and Barbre. Jackson and Thompson also back.
Wells struggled in his first game against the Bengals, but he played a good game in Minneapolis against the Pro Bowl Williams Wall (DT Kevin Williams and Pat Williams). He graded out as one of their best lineman this preseason, but McCarthy has decided to bench him. Meanwhile, Colledge has been credited for 4 sacks allowed this season, which puts him at a frightening 16 sack pace. He should be helped by a return to left guard, but I've lost almost all patience with him.
Though Tauscher was at practice, he wasn't exactly doing a whole lot. From Greg Bedard:
Tauscher didn't look to be near ready. Only did individual and appeared gassed quickly. Seemed favor/limp on leg but brace could be heavy
This would be confirmed by the Press-Gazette, which had a bunch of photos of him standing around.
Clifton's return should immediately help, but they are still starting same two lineman (Colledge and Barbre) who've been struggling all season. Should they be doing more to shake up the line? Do you think it's inevitable that Tauscher will take back the starting right tackle job?