Tag:Bryan Bulaga
Posted on: August 29, 2010 10:19 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Bulaga won't start after all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s rarely a good thing when a player who has lost a battle for a starting position isn’t informed of the coach’s decision until the media who have been informed of the coach’s decision asks said player about … um … said decision.

Such was the case today when Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy declared that Daryn Colledge (that's his mug shot on the right) had won the starting LG job over first-round pick Bryan Bulaga for the season-opener against the Eagles.

The Green Bay Press Gazette has the story.

After he was told he would not be a starter, Bulaga said, “This is the first I know about it, so we’ll see. I’m sure they have a plan and we’ll just take it day by day. … He won the job, Coach made a decision. That’s what it is. Obviously I’m disappointed I’m not the guy, but been nicked up a little bit. That’s just the way it goes.”

I do love Colledge’s response, though.

“Awesome, I didn’t know I wasn’t the starter originally,” said Colledge.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Packers-Colts preseason action: what/why to watch

Posted by Andy Benoit

Some of us are picking these two teams to square off again in Dallas this February. We won’t go so far as to dub any preseason contest a “Super Bowl preview”, but suffice it to say, there are plenty of reasons to watch tonight’s Packers-Colts game (8:00 ET, ESPN).
For one, this is the third preseason contest for both teams. Thus, we’ll see somewhat intricate gameplans and starters on the field for most of the first three quarters.

Second, we’re talking about two of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, and two defenses that have the stars to create intriguing matchups within the matchups: Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis against Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles; Charles Woodson, the multi-tooled X-factor in Dom Capers’ defense, against Peyton Manning; Colts first-round rookie defensive end Jerry Hughes against Packers first-round offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga in the second half. P. Manning (US Presswire)

This game will also be an important audition for several Packers. Daryn Colledge is looking to solidify his hold on the left guard duties (this will be the third year in a row, and fourth time in five years, that Colledge has successfully held his starting job after being seriously challenged for it in camp). If he struggles, we might see Bulaga or Allen Barbre thrown back in the mix.

With Al Harris still on the mend (knee) and unlikely to be ready come Week 1, Brandon Underwood, Pat Lee, Sam Shields and Jarrett Bush are competing for the No. 3 cornerback job.

Several Packer linebackers are posturing for playing time. If the season were to begin today, the starting lineup would be: OLB’s Clay Matthews and Brad Jones, and ILB’s A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett. Brandon Chillar and Desmond Bishop have both been in the mix, though Chillar appears set as the versatile nickel backup, while Bishop, much to his chagrin, finds himself having to once again scrapping for a role after Hawk took back the starting ILB job.

P.S. Packers-Colts isn’t the only preseason game tonight. There’s also Rams-Patriots in New England. That game is not nationally televised, so this is a moot point for most people, but there is an obvious reason to watch this one (besides it being the third preseason contest for both teams): Sam Bradford is starting.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Bryan Bulaga has a good reason to want to start

Posted by Andy Benoit

If you’re into the economics of the NFL, and particularly player contracts, you’ll love Bob McGinn’s latest article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. McGinn breaks down the details of first-round rookie Bryan Bulaga’s contract. The most interesting stipulation is how the 23rd overall pick can earn an additional $5.14 million in incentives simply by being a starter in the first four years of his five-year deal.

Here is an excerpt of what else McGinn dug up:

Bulaga's contract was slotted between wide receiver Demaryius Thomas of Denver, the 22nd pick, and wide receiver Dez Bryant of Dallas, the 24th choice.

Thomas' five-year deal contained $9.35 million in guarantees and a maximum value of $15.51 million.

Bryant, who on July 23 became the first first-round selection to sign, got $8.63 million in guarantees.

"It's a little light," one agent said after examining the guaranteed portions of the Bulaga and Bryant contracts. "But that's because Dez Bryant is a wide receiver."

Like most first-round picks, Bulaga's deal contains a one-time bonus that isn't considered guaranteed. But in order to gain that $2.54 million bonus, all Bulaga has to do is play 35% of the snaps in 2010 or 45% of the snaps in any subsequent season.


McGinn goes into much – MUCH – greater detail. If you’re so inclined, click here.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 7:49 pm
 

Packers to try 1st rounder Bulaga at left guard

Posted by Andy Benoit

Originally, the Packers’ plan was for first-round rookie tackle Bryan Bulaga to spend the 2010 season as Chad Clifton’s understudy at left tackle. They didn’t want to burden Bulaga with having to learn multiple positions. B. Bulaga (US Presswire)

It appears, however, that the plan is being abandoned. The Green Bay Post Gazette reports that Bulaga is getting a crack at the left guard job. He could see time there for the next three or four weeks.

Incumbent left guard Daryn Colledge has seemingly been in a competition for his starting job all five years of his career. Every time, Colledge has found a way to hold onto his job. Heading into training camp, it was assumed that Colledge’s friend and fellow fifth-year pro, Jason Spitz, would provide the competition at guard. But Spitz has been getting reps at both guard spots and center, which suggests he’s in line for a utility backup role.

Now Bulaga has entered the picture. The loquacious Colledge spoke about his new competitor at left guard:

When asked if the job still is his to lose, Colledge said: “I’m still going to stand up (and say) that. I have to go into every day believing I’m the best player on this offensive line, believing I’m the best left guard. If I stray away from that then a guy like Bulaga will step up and take the job away from me. So I’m going to continue to compete, continue to get better. I don’t want to be a good lineman, I want to be a great lineman. So I’m taking as many reps as I can, and I’m going to use this as even more motivation, more competition.
 
Bulaga is a great young player and he’s going to continue to push me. But he’s got a lot to learn too, and I’m going to help him out as best I can. If Bulaga’s a better answer than me, then we’re going to get the best five guys out there and we’re going to find a way to win.”

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 9:14 pm
 

Good vibes out of Packers camp

Two good pieces of news for the Packers today.

No. 1: coach Mike McCarthy, sufficiently impressed with the way his team practiced last week, canceled the team’s final workout and meetings of the offseason, which would have occurred Wednesday.

“I've felt really coming off of Wednesday's and Thursday's practice last week that it was appropriate,” he told reporters at his news conference. “I think our players have earned that and deserve that.”

No. 2: Home run derby!!!

McCarthy called it a team-building event, and the prize was a secret that rested underneath a tarp on the sideline. Coaches said the winner would receive the car that was hidden under the covering. But after rookie OT Bryan Bulaga clubbed the longest hit to win the prize, the tarp was removed and there sat a trunk-less, door-less Saturn.

As ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert noted, the words, “To Super Bowl – Dallas” were spray-pained on the side. Wrote Seifert: “If it leaves now, the car could probably make it to Texas by January.”


--Josh Katzowitz

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