Green Bay Packers Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga has been recovering from from his 2017 ACL tear that ended his season and his recovery is said to have been “impressive”, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Buluga entered training camp on the roster bubble, as he was not considered a lock to earn a roster spot, but the 29-year old has been so impressive that he is no longer on the Packers’ roster bubble.
Bulaga is currently on the active/physically unable to perform list but is expected to be ready to go by Week 1 of the regular season.
Packers’ Jake Ryan Suffers Torn ACL
Ryan, 26, suffered the injury during an 11-on-11 drill during Sunday’s practice and the 26-year old, who was slated to start at middle linebacker, was carted off of the field.
Ryan posted 79 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack last season for Green Bay.
Packers’ Ty Montgomery Aiming to Prove He Belongs
Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery was hoping to make a bigger impact in 2017, but with only 273 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, he failed to meet expectations.
The Packers were hoping that Montgomery, who converted to running back from wide receiver, would provide an elite dual threat from the back field, but his low rushing production, coupled with only 23 receptions for one score, certainly didn’t deliver, and Montgomery’s season ended after just 8 game due to wrist and rib injuries.
Montgomery contends that the wrist, which required surgery, was the reason he was shut down in 2017.
“I think there’s a lot of people who assumed or never expected me to be able to do it anyway, but I don’t think a lot of people understand what I was playing through or what I was doing,” Montgomery said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
“And they questioned my durability or my abilities. There’s nothing I can do about breaking my ribs. I don’t know how many guys could play running back with broken ribs. It was just unfortunate. I was ready to have a big year.”
Montgomery will have to put it all together his season, the final year of his rookie contract.
“I feel really good about the running back group,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think Ty’s transition has been pretty special. Not only what he’s done from a position change but you look what he’s done to prepare himself — you look at his body and the added muscle that he’s put on. Ty and just the other young guys, I think it’s going to be a very, very competitive position.”
“I mean, I feel as though I’ve put some good things on film, but every year is a big year,” Montgomery said. “I think what’s important for me now is being healthy and being on the field while healthy. I think it would obviously benefit me if I don’t have to play through an injury and I can just be myself. Having a son in the picture now, my wife and I, I have a new perspective on a lot of things. Call it motivation. Call it whatever you want, but I have a difference in my purpose that feels natural.”
Outside looking in, obviously it sucks to get injured. The positive is before I got injured, the younger guys weren’t getting very many reps. I remember seeing a stat where I had more snaps than any back in the league. The positive that comes from it is now we know what we have in these two guys.
“It opened up the conversation of what more can we do with Ty? I think that’s a positive that comes from this. He doesn’t just have to play running back; he can do both.”
Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Wants To Play Until 40
Green Bay Packers franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers is looking to continue his playing career, well into his 40s.
“I’d love to play to 40,” Rodgers said, during an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King.
“I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, [Tom] Brady is kind of rewriting the book. Brett [Favre] had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40 … just because nobody’s been able to do that and still move around the same. Steve Young’s career was cut short in his late thirties. John [Elway], the same—he didn’t really move the same as when he was younger. So to be able to move the same way at 38, 39, 40 would be cool. That’s my aim.”
Rodgers will have to hope that there aren’t anymore injury setbacks as two clavicle injuries in the last five years have cost him a combined 16 games.
Rodgers not only wants to play several more years, but wants to finish his career as a Packer.
“It’s only been on my mind because … people have been writing and talking about it a lot,” Rodgers said regarding an extension.
“There have been many conversations about it. I think that there’s some merit to looking into where you do a non-traditional contractual agreement. If anybody at this point is gonna be able to do something like that, I think there needs to be a conversation about it. I never said anything about [tying the contract to] the cap. I just think there’s ways to do contracts where you can still be competitive so the team is happy about it, but have some more freedom.”
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