This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is offensive lineman Joe Haeg.
Before Sunday, the last time Joe Haeg played guard in a real football game?
Not middle school, high school, college or the NFL.
The rookie started at right guard on Sunday, filling in for Denzelle Good (back). It wasn’t all gravy for Haeg on Saturday. Just before halftime a back injury to Joe Reitz forced Haeg out to right tackle, his more natural position.
Hang played the final 39 snaps of the game at right tackle, after 34 plays at right guard.
“You definitely have to change up your mindset a little bit,” Haeg said of the making the in-game switch, “but it’s something that I’ve been preparing for a lot lately, especially being a young guy, playing a lot of different positions, trying to be as versatile as possible.
“It was a little weird at first but after a couple of plays, you are right back into that mode.”
Coming into 2016, Haeg was expected to be the team’s top reserve lineman at four different positions, thanks to a strong offseason.
An ankle injury initially halted those plans, but Haeg is now back to health and provides a reliable option at multiple spots.
Sunday was quite the afternoon to get your first NFL start.
“That was a blast,” Haeg said after the win. “It was a once and a lifetime experience. I couldn’t be happier obviously with the overall outcome.”
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