According to a poll I posted on Twitter, Packers fans would rather have a healthy Kevin King for 12 games than a healthy Bryan Bulaga. Both players have seen extensive time on the injury report during their careers so I thought it would be interesting to see who the fan base values more for the upcoming season.
Here are the results:
Corner has been one of Green Bay’s worst position over the last five years so it’s not hard to see where fans are coming from. When King has been on the field, the defense has seen a noticeable boost.
Still, it is somewhat surprising to see fans continuously discredit the impact of Bulaga. Look no further than last season for what problems will occur when the offensive line isn’t keeping Aaron Rodgers upright. Even with his injuries, Bulaga was a solid player in 2018 and put forth one of the better performances among all their offensive linemen.
Part of me thinks fans value the Packers o-line depth more than they do corner. The team did acquire free agent Billy Turner this offseason and also selected Elgton Jenkins in the second round of the draft. Another factor could also be Bulaga entering the final year of his contract and fans are ready to get rid of him.
Behind King, Green Bay has Josh Jackson and Tony Brown as their immediate depth. During OTAs, King has been a little banged up so Jackson has started opposite of Jaire Alexander with Tramon Williams playing the slot. Jackson and Brown are both entering their second years in the NFL hoping to become a part of the defensive back rotation.
A healthy King would do wonders for the Packers 2019 season perhaps more so than a healthy Bulaga. On paper, it appears Mike Pettine’s secondary is ready to wreak havoc next season and King could be a big contributor.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.