For two young Green Bay Packers players, the 2017 season was defined by injuries. Jason Spriggs and Vince Biegel both missed the first half of the regular season, as Spriggs suffered an injured kneecap towards the end of training camp and Biegel had foot surgery after his first practice in a Packers uniform.
This year, both players are healthy and are in line for a significant uptick in playing time. Spriggs is the front-runner to start at right tackle with Bryan Bulaga still recovering from a torn ACL, and he used his rehab time to bulk up from his lean (for an offensive lineman) frame.
Biegel, meanwhile, is in line for a lot of snaps on defense this year as a primary backup to starting linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. He’s learning his second defensive scheme in as many years in the NFL, but this time he has the ability to go full-speed throughout the spring and hopefully through training camp in order to carve out that big role for himself.
Tackle Jason Spriggs gains size, strength | Packersnews.com
At just over 300 pounds, Spriggs wasn't able to hold up against bigger defensive ends as a rookie. Now he's up 20 pounds from that mark, and although he wouldn't run the 40-yard dash in under five seconds again, he's better-equipped to handle the rigors of starting at right tackle.
Packers OLB Vince Biegel focused on staying healthy, playing catch-up | Packers Wire
Biegel has lofty individual goals for himself, beyond the obvious team goal of winning a Super Bowl. One of those critical pieces is staying healthy.
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