With the emergence of Elgton Jenkins last season and the signing of Rick Wagner this spring, Lane Taylor’s name started to appear as a potential camp casualty for the Green Bay Packers.
Well, camp has been underway for two weeks now and it’s clear Taylor isn’t going down without a fight.
Offensive line coach Adam Stenavich said on a Zoom call with the media that he feels Taylor “has a chip on his shoulder from last year” in which the guard missed most of the season with a biceps injury. It was Taylor’s injury that opened the door for Jenkins who put together a stellar rookie season.
With Jenkins now entrenched in the starting lineup, that leaves the other guard position open to competition in camp. One prevailing thought is with Wagner set to replace the departed Bryan Bulaga, the Packers would kick Billy Turner over to guard with Taylor either being a very valuable backup or either cut when roster reductions were due.
Instead Taylor has fought back in early practices and impressed coaches with not only his physical condition but his performance. With no preseason this year, these position battles will have to be solely evaluated on the practice field.
Advantage Taylor? We shall see but having a true guard in Taylor over a flex player like Turner might help the starting lineup but what about depth? Turner as a backup would be expensive but it would also give the team needed depth.
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Taylor seemed like a prime candidate to be released when roster sizes are reduced but he’s shown enough in practice that should give the Packers pause before releasing him.
Reggie Begelton was one of the first players to turn heads when training camp started but has since fallen off the radar. That early potential is giving the Packers reason to be patient as they look to fortify the wide receiver position.
Meanwhile the Packers’ first round pick is showing his inexperience but this is no reason to be alarmed. Look at any film of Aaron Rodgers in 2005 and you’ll feel much better. Development takes time. It took Rodgers two full seasons for things to click.
The Milwaukee Bucks made a momentous decision to sit out their playoff game last night, a moment that inspired many Major League Baseball teams to do the same. Some NFL teams are also canceling practices to show solidarity in the fight against racial injustice. Will the Packers join the other two professional teams from Wisconsin? They should.
The world is literally on fire out west and instead of a funny story to wrap up curds, we thought we’d share a heartwarming story of a good girl providing relief to some very overworked firefighters. To quote Rex Chapman, “Dogs, bruh.”