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Packers 1st round draft pick T Bryan Bulaga
Five of Green Bays rookies are offensive players. We all know that unless you are a first rounder or have a stellar training camp campaign these players will see limited time on the field. That's not to say that there can't be an exception to the rule. (i.e. Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jermichael Finley)
I believe that only two of the five offensive rookies will see regular action during the 2010 season. Keeping in mind that RB Scott Starks sees himself sitting the first six games at least (PUP list) Tackle Bryan Bulaga (first rounder) and TE Andrew Quarless can count on making contributions.
Bryan Bulaga: We did not sign the 2009 Big Ten Lineman of the Year to sit on the bench. Everybody knows that the offensive line was miserable at the first part of last year. The improvement throughout the last half of the year can seem promising however who knows what will happen. Bulagas big body (6'5" 214 lbs) can find himself taking over at left guard for Daryn Colledge if he cannot perform in the first couple weeks. With the Packers having a couple very old, but solid, tackles in Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher there is no question that Bulaga is waiting in the shadows. Getting him reps in the regular season is crucial for his improvement and I see the Packers finding a way to use him.
Andrew Quarless: Rookie Tight End who has shown flashes of what to expect is an exciting player who has extreme potential. Having comparisions to Jermichael Finley, Quarless is a bigger receiving TE (6'4" 252) who can provide the Packers with a dual threat in the two tight end sets, not to mention in the red zone. I can see the Packers straying away from veteran Donald Lee in passing downs to create larger mismatches with opposing defenses. Donald Lee is a very solid pass and run blocker however with the emergence of Finley and the number of weapons on the offense it never hurts to add another.
The others: T Marshall Newhouse and G Nick McDonald provide the line with much needed depth in case what happened last year happens this year. These two fought long and hard throughout the offseason for a roster spot and GM Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy both saw promise in them. I trust that these two backups will fill in holes if needed and can provide stability in the offensive line.
Second Year TE looking for playing time: Second Year TE Tom Crabtree, as told by McCarthy, is a rugged blocker who was slowed by a wrist injury for pass catching in preseason, made the roster over fan favorite Spencer Havner. He is a guy who may only have a role on Special Teams this year but can find his way on the field if his blocking eclipses that of Lee or Finley. Hopefully the Packers made the right decision to let go Havner, who showed versitility, for Crabtree and his wrist injury. If he doesn't lose his aching wrist in exchange for solid play we could see griping over a roster spot lost.