KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Marshall Newhouse #74 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball after picking up a fumble as Glenn Dorsey #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
As we get closer and closer to the NFL season FrogsOWar will have frequent updates on the former Frogs now in the NFL. Here is a good piece from the ESPN NFL Nation blog on the commitment the Packers have made to tackle Marshall Newhouse.
It's one thing to provide competent emergency service, but quite another to be considered a starting left tackle in the NFL. That's the conclusion the Packers reached this offseason, penciling in Newhouse as their top option to replace the since-released Clifton on a permanent basis.
Is Newhouse ready to be a full-time starter? The Packers will have some flexibility when 2011 first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod (leg) is ready to practice, but my time at the Packers' minicamp last month suggested the team has full confidence in the current arrangement.
"Marshall is at that point in his career," coach Mike McCarthy said, "and I think every player goes through it, where the people in the building have a lot more confidence in him than maybe the people outside. I just don't think people know much about him. He's progressed so much and you see the ability, especially the athletic ability.