GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) The Packers offensive line has a different look to it right now during organized team activities.
Starting center Corey Linsley is not practicing as he rehabs from ankle surgery, and there is a new right guard, Jahari Evans, replacing the departed TJ Lang.
It may only be the second day of OTA’s but Evans is already making a big impression. He says he’s been with a chip on his shoulder since he was drafted from a small college.
“I’ve been playing with a chip on my shoulder since I left Division II, so you there is no dipping your toes in the trenches. When you’re playing o-line, you see contact every game so it's a physical game for us, but I always play with a little edge,” said Jahari Evans.
“I his attitude, he's just a laid back easy going guy, but I know when he’s on the field he's a mauler. He gets on the field and competes, and I think he plays with a chip on his shoulder at this point in his career knowing he can still play and feeling like he didn't get a lot of love and respect last year, so we're really happy to have him,” said Aaron Rodgers.
“Great professional, great guy; kind of set the tempo with that just in the workout and IPW phase. You see how he works on the field, and how he is trying to learn and grasp a hold of what we do as fast as he can so he can get on the same page. I mean you have to respect that, and everyone in our room has noticed that,” said Bryan Bulaga.
“I’m just trying to focus up just trying to learn the playbook. Just trying to make sure that I’m doing all the necessary things that I need to do to make sure that I’m up on things and ready to go,” said Evans.
Evans says his decision to play for the packers had everything to do with their winning tradition.
He wasn't going to continue his career with any team that wasn't a serious contender, and he definitely has that in Green Bay.