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Packers T.J. Lang: Position switch going better than expected

Jul. 29, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers guard T. J. Lang during OTA practice in the Don Hutson Center in May. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers guard T. J. Lang during OTA practice in the Don Hutson Center in May. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

T.J. Lang thought the transition from starting left guard to starting right guard would be more difficult than itís been.

The fifth-year pro had all the movements of a left guard ingrained into his muscle memory after starting 31 games there last two seasons. But three days into training camp, including his first practice in pads at his new starting spot, he feels as good as he could hope to with his stance and footwork reversed on the right side.

ďThe early stage of the transition is making sure you feel out a good comfortable stance, thatís what it starts with,Ē Lang said. ďAfter that itís just working the technique that we do in the individual drills. If youíd have asked me the first day how I thought it would be going, I wouldnít say as good as it has so far.Ē

Coach Mike McCarthy and offensive line coach James Campen moved Lang to the right side on their rearranged offensive line so they could get their two best blockers, tackle Bryan Bulaga and guard Josh Sitton, on the left side to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgersí blind side.

Lang has been practicing at right guard since April, but the most important work is now with the pads on in training camp. Sunday was the first padded practice, and the next eight practices are scheduled to be in pads.

ďThereíll be days where I feel good and feel like I had a good practice,Ē said Lang, ďand there will be days like (Sunday) where I know I still have to work on some things. The biggest thing is to make sure you donít have repeated mistakes. For me the one thing is playing with better pad level. I think my feet have been OK, itís just making sure Iím getting under my pads.Ē

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