Daryn Colledge keeps starting job in Green Bay, for now
Daryn Colledge is going to keep his starting job at left guard.
For the time being.
Although the Green Bay Packers pushed the veteran with first-round draft pick Bryan Bulaga, sliding the Iowa product over from left tackle during training camp, the decision was made to stick with the veteran. It could be Bulaga’s shot at starting was ultimately undone by a hip injury that has been plaguing him.
“I thought Bryan was improving with his opportunities there, but when you are injured you are not part of the equation anymore,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I like the production of the first line.”
Bulaga had been in position to battle for the job for two weeks after being used as a backup to Chad Clifton at left tackle. He was gaining momentum until he was injured Aug. 23.
“I'm disappointed I'm not the guy, but I got nicked up a little bit,” Bulaga said. “That's just the way it goes. Whatever position they throw me in, I'll just try to make the best out of it.”
Colledge struggled big time at different points last season, especially when he was asked to pitch in at left tackle as injuries plagued the line. Colledge was unhappy with his contract situation during the offseason and our best guess is he is a short-term solution in Green Bay. Ultimately, the Packers project Bulaga to replace Clifton. Before a changing of the guard, Bulaga could replace Colledge.
The Packers’ first unit has not allowed a sack in preseason. Nothing is imminent but McGinn paints a picture that makes you believe Colledge could be a stop-gap measure.
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