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The Battle To Start At Outside Linebacker: Zombo and Walden

The Press-Gazette is reporting that the Green Bay Packers still have LB Frank Zombo with the first team defense in practice, and I'm not surprised to read that he's looking the best in pass rushing drills. While LB Erik Walden had a monster 3 sack game in the final regular season, that was all the pass rush he brought last season. Zombo's been the more consistent performer. More from ESPN and Jason Wilde:

But while the Green Bay Packers coach may not be ready to say that second-year outside linebacker Frank Zombo is the leader in the clubhouse for the starting job opposite star pass-rusher Clay Matthews, the preponderance of evidence would indicate that Zombo currently leads Erik Walden and Brad Jones in one of the few competitions in training camp.

Brad Jones appears set as the top backup on the left side behind Clay Matthews, so it's down to Zombo and Walden on the right side. On one play versus the Browns, Zombo overran a play action fake and allowed Colt McCoy to roll to his right for an easy completion. Walden didn't look much better in space as TE Ben Watson ran past him in coverage for a 37 yard gain. Both players ended the game with 1 tackle each.

So far, I'm underwhelmed with what I've seen. I was hoping that 7th round rookie LB Ricky Elmore could provide a spark, but he looked a step behind throughout the second half. That's left me a little disappointed, but at least they're not in any worse shape then they were last season.