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Replacing Jenkins, Colledge top priorities for Packers

  • By Pat Kirwan
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Pay close attention to the offensive line
Who will win the job to replace Daryn Colledge at guard? Some believe Caleb Schlauderaff, a sixth-round pick from Utah, has a chance. Also, there could be an intriguing battle at left tackle. The Packers selected Derek Sherrod in the first round, but he will have to beat out Chad Clifton, who shut down James Harrison in the Super Bowl.
How will the defensive line shake out?
The Packers do a brilliant job with roster depth. No matter how many injuries they had last year, the next man up did the job. Cullen Jenkins was a free agent and he got a big offer to go to Philly. After watching him in the 2010, he is a very valuable piece to the defense. Ryan Pickett isn't getting any younger, Justin Harrell never lived up to his draft status and Green Bay is a better team with Jenkins. Yet, the club might expect Mike Neal, C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn to pick up the slack.
Is it time for Nelson?
The Packers have two fine wide receivers in Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, and they use enough three-wide packages to get Jordy Nelson on the field. After Nelson's playoff performance, when he caught 21 passes with two touchdowns and 14 first downs in four games, I wonder if it's time to give him a starting role in the two-wide package. It's a great problem to have. This camp might tell us if Nelson is ready for an expanded role.

Top position battle

James Starks' late-season emergence as a valuable backfield option could take carries away from dependable veteran Ryan Grant. Should Grant get his starting job back?



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