Legendary senior writer, Packers lead blogger & NFC North columnist presents offensive line change and Friday injury report.
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Offensive Line Change:
According to respected Packers sports press news, veteran center Jeff Saturday is being replaced for the reason of the 2012 season by offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. For months, we knew the offensive line problem as fans can read BM's ongoing critical remarks:
Jeff Saturday was reliable once again in pass protection but was responsible at least partially on four "bad" runs. It wasn't that Saturday was getting knocked into the backfield. It was more being late to the LB level and struggling on reach blocks. Why the coaches used Greg Van Roten five times and Evan Dietrich-Smith just twice as the extra O-lineman didn't add up. EDS is a much better player.
Meanwhile, on twitter and mediocre Packers bloggers, the Packers news reporters confirmed the news and quoted Saturday's classy remarks about passing the torch.
Commentary: After weeks of brutal insider game reviews about Saturday, we are not surprised. Realistically, EDS can provide better support in the running game with reservations. Veteran Saturday was only a season stop-gap replacement, until the Packers felt that EDS was ready to take over the job (with QB Rodgers blessing). Further, the personnel change is a good tactical move to prepare for the coming tough playoffs and get simply ready to pass the torch for the coming 2013 season.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring), RB Alex Green (concussion), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), G Greg Van Roten (back, illness), DE C.J. Wilson (knee).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: C Jeff Saturday (neck, shoulder), S Charles Woodson (collarbone), DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring).
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Randall Cobb (shoulder), G T.J. Lang (concussion, illness), QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle), LB Erik Walden (ankle).