Report: Colledge, Spitz in position to battle for Pack

Two players who were once considered anchors of the future on the line of the Green Bay Packers look to be in position for one starting spot moving forward.

Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz look ticketed for a competition for the starting left guard job this coming season, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Colledge struggled this past season, although he was forced into duty at times at left tackle when Chad Clifton was injured, and Spitz was forced out after five games with a back injury that required surgery.

Both players are restricted free agents and both are expected to receive qualifying tenders to return, according to McGinn. Colledge didn’t play well when he was at left guard, either, and Spitz has lost control of the center job that went back to veteran Scott Wells. Meanwhile, Josh Sitton is now entrenched at right guard.

“(Colledge) is going to be challenged, there's no doubt about it," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said last week at the scouting combine. "I think Daryn can improve. I hope he's here to improve."

McCarthy’s plan includes using T.J. Lang at right tackle, although he might also warrant a look at inside at guard. It’s not how the Packers had it lined up at this time a year ago, but the feeling is it will sort itself out. The Packers are going to need better protection after quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the most sacked passer in the league.

Colledge has played well for the team in the past and has 63 career starts. If Spitz is healthy, he could be a better option right now. They’ll be able to wage a competition beginning later this month when the offseason program opens.

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