If Frank Zombo Is Injured, Then It's Erik Walden At Outside Linebacker

After two preseason games, I hadn't been thrilled with the Green Bay Packers prospects at right outside linebacker. While he hadn't been a standout against either the Browns or the Cardinals, LB Frank Zombo was probably their best option but now he's out with a shoulder blade fracture. Even if he can return later this season, they'll need someone else to start the season. Here's the Packers.com depth chart.

LB Erik Walden. Arguably he'd outplayed Zombo this preseason and in practice. But he made me nervous in pass coverage, and I had given Zombo the edge. He showed some potential last season with 5 starts and a monster 3 sack game against the Bears in Week 17. Not a bad Plan B.

LB Ricky Elmore. While he's been a non-factor in the first two preseason games (including an ugly missed tackle against the Cardinals) he looked great in practice on Monday. I had hoped the 7th round draft choice would show more in the preseason, but this gives him an opportunity to earn a roster spot.

LB Jamari Lattimore. Like Elmore, he's another college defensive end trying to transition to outside linebacker. I've read some good things about him at practice, but it hasn't shown up during the preseason games yet in limited playing time.

There are some other options, such as moving LB Brad Jones back to the position (but he's battling a knee injury) or switching undrafted rookie LB Vic So'oto over to the right side. Right now, I'm sure it'll be Walden to start come week 1, and then we'll have to wait and see how the coaches line them up at right outside linebacker over the next two preseason games.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Acme Packing Company

You must be a member of Acme Packing Company to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Acme Packing Company. You should read them.

Join Acme Packing Company

You must be a member of Acme Packing Company to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Acme Packing Company. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker