The Green Bay Packers had high hopes for tackle Jason Spriggs when they drafted him in the second round in 2016. So far, he has done nothing to reward them.
After the latest developments, we have to wonder if Spriggs’ time with the Packers might not be nearing an end.
Spriggs had been filling in for Bryan Bulaga at right tackle since training camp opened. For Thursday’s first preseason game, Spriggs was replaced with the first team by Byron Bell. It was a move that was termed a coach’s decision by Mike McCarthy.
Bell didn’t look very good, but when Spriggs came in, he didn’t look any better and was playing against inferior competition.
It’s also telling that, although he was a left tackle in college, the Packers have played Kyle Murphy ahead of Spriggs at left tackle.
Murphy was a right tackle in college. He’s currently listed as the backup at left tackle. He played there extensively during the first preseason game. Spriggs hasn’t been getting work at what should be considered his natural position.
It isn’t as if Spriggs has regressed either. He was terrible last preseason and hasn’t been good in the little regular season action he’s had.
At this point, he has to be looked at as only an emergency option. The one thing Spriggs has going for him is the Packers don’t seem to have much depth at right tackle. That and starter Bryan Bulaga is always injured.
I would suggest it’s time to look at Murphy as a swing tackle. Essentially, he’s the backup at both left and right tackle.
It’s hard to give up on a second-round pick three years in, but Spriggs has shown nothing good.