I’ve had a chance to watch and re-watch the Packers vs. Raiders preseason game so I’m going to offer a few quick thoughts here on #FootballFriday.
Stop complaining about all things Jason Spriggs. I can’t believe how angry people were that one, Jason Spriggs couldn’t handle Khalil Mack in one-on-one situations and two, that he was left to block him one-on-one. Mack is bar-none one of the best edge defenders in the NFL. Mack recorded 15 sacks a season ago.
Spriggs has always been considered a project at the tackle position. He was the best athlete at tackle in the entire draft. If his technique was up to par he would have been a top 10 pick. The fact that he can’t handle an All-Pro edge rusher on the 50th snap of his career is not at all surprising.
What it is is a good learning experience. Spriggs now knows what it’s like to take on an elite NFL pass rusher. He has tape to watch. He has techniques that he can learn how to defend against. THIS IS WHAT THE PRESEASON IS FOR.
Secondly, the Packers leave their left tackle without help more often than not, and it has worked just fine since the days of Daryn Colledge filling in for Chad Clifton ended. Clifton’s career ended as Bakhtiari’s began and Clifton was and DBak has been an absolutely elite pass blocker.