Are Jason Spriggs’ Struggles Concerning?
Green Bay Packers second round pick Jason Spriggs may be having the worst training camp of anyone who has a slight bit of expectations from the team and the fans. He struggled against on Saturday night versus Washington Redskins. There are stories out on a routine basis about how Spriggs is getting beat by no-name dudes in one-on-one drills. With him being a second-round pick, there’s some time to wait on him, and why there may be a case to made for his struggles being on the short-term.
Right now if David Bakhtiari or Bryan Bulaga go down, Spriggs is the guy. I feel like that terrifies people at this point almost more than Don Barclay. Spriggs does not look ready for NFL football, and that’s a big problem being the age of 23 without any real concept of the game. Things aren’t getting better for Spriggs as Packers are discussing moving Kyle Murphy to left tackle with the team’s surplus of guard talent. The second-round pick out of Indiana gets a little more wiggle room, but it could be running out sooner rather than later.
My only real spin zone when it comes to Spriggs may be the fact he played guard for half the season last year fucked him all up. I know from my line days that things can get difficult if you’re bumped inside. It’s much easier to play tackle than guard. Spriggs may be using his guard skills he learned out at tackle, and it’s just not the same. I realize the team was short on guards last season, but I really believe they would not have pushed this kid in if they knew it would lead to momentous struggles.
Here’s hoping he can finish camp strong in the next two weeks and head into the season on the right foot. Packers should play him as much they can in the next two days. He’s only going to get better with reps… I hope.