Welcome to a new column here on Titletown Sound Off where each week your third favorite writer you’ve never heard of (hey guys, it’s me, Nick Lauer) will write about his favorite Packer, based entirely on what transpired in the most recent game. This week Nick will devote some attention to a player nobody has said a single word about in the past few days. Literally no words from any Packers fan or writer anywhere.
If you are familiar with the storied history of this column (four weeks), you’ll know that this is a forum for the unconventional. This week’s Packer of the Week will be the definition of unconventional as our final award of the preseason goes to…Lane Taylor!
You read it right. The offensive lineman whose performances this training camp and preseason have been deemed “mediocre” and “not bad, I guess” is bringing home the hardware. I can understand if you’re thinking that this award is purely to boost the confidence of the fourth year player as he prepares to take over at left guard for the recently departed Josh Sitton. Quite frankly, I am appalled that you would even suggest that I would use this column purely as a motivational ploy for players on my favorite team. But yeah, that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Can you really blame me? Taylor is a player that will have more scrutiny directed his way than any guard ever (historical citation needed). Every ounce of rage and disgust for any previous Ted Thompson personnel move will be channeled toward this poor guy who is simply going to be doing his job to the best of his abilities. Granted, those abilities may not be all that great, but he will be trying his darnedest nevertheless!
There’s a very realistic possibility that Lane Taylor trots onto the field as the starter at left guard in Week 1 and is an unmitigated disaster or even a mitigated disaster (not totally sure what the difference between the two is). If this does end up happening, I propose that we all remember that this player is an award winning offensive lineman (for Packer of the Week of course) and simply pretend that he’s not performing terribly. Like watching a married couple bicker in public, we should all turn our heads and divert our attention elsewhere so as not to make an awkward situation even more awkward.
We can all get behind that, right? Cool? Cool. Congratulations on your award Mr. Taylor. This may be the last column you ever read that praises you, so enjoy your time on top of the podium. You always will have this humble writer as your supporter. That is unless you wash out at the position. If that happens, I will go back and delete this column and immediately state that I was a critic of the cutting of Josh Sitton right from the start. I got your back buddy!
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