One thing the Packers seem to always do right is hit on offensive linemen at a very incredible rate. Credit also goes to Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst for his ability to find solid offensive line talent. Last year despite the injuries the Packers offensive line ranked one of the best pass blocking lines in the NFL. It is important to have the line intact, especially with Jordan Love’s first year as a starter. Here is the current state of the Packers offensive line.
Josh Myers Needs More Improvement Going Into His Third Year
Josh Myers in his second year was not all bad, but not all great either. As a pass blocker, he is very solid and rarely gets beat or pushed back into the quarterback’s lap. However, the problem with Myers is his run blocking as he seems to struggle to get movement. At the point of attack in the run game Myers is constantly getting pushed back into the backfield getting overpowered. He needs to be more of a force and mauler in run blocking this season with the Packers wanting to run the ball more with Jordan Love at quarterback. This is a make or break it year for Josh Myers or the Packers might have to look for another center for the future.
Packers Have A Very Good Problem At Right Tackle
The Packers seem to most likely have competition at right tackle this year. The two top options right now are Yosh Ninjman and second year player Zach Tom. Yosh since getting his chance to start last year has been very solid and has shown he can play both tackle spots. The Packers put a second-round tender on him and will be back with the team. He will be with the Packers this year unless another team is willing to give the Packers their second-round pick for him. Zach Tom is a player that can play in almost every position on the offensive line. He was ranked the best rookie pass blocker in the NFL last season. Also, started over Yosh Ninjman in week seventeen against the Minnesota Vikings and did very well against Zadarius Smith and Danielle Hunter. Both Yosh and Tom are solid choices for the right tackle job, but only one can be the starter. The Packers really have a good problem at right tackle with two solid players that can fill that spot.
Packers Offensive Line Will Have A Healthy David Bakhtiari And Elgton Jenkins
For the first time since the 2020 season the Packers will get back pro bowlers David Bahktiari and Elgton Jenkins together and one hundred percent healthy. This really helps the Packers on the left side of the offensive line. Having them both back will be huge and will help the Packers offense get back on track this season. They are both solid in pass and run blocking. Missing them in action really made the offense struggle, especially in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers in the 2021 divisional round. With David and Elgton back it will help make the Packers offensive line a strong group this season and will help keep Jordan Love upright and open up holes in the run game.
Packers Have Depth On The Offensive Line As Well
The Packers for the most part have their five starters on the offensive line this year. As for the depth it seems they are pretty much solid. Starting at left tackle behind David Bakhtiari are Caleb Jones who is a mammoth of a player who can be a future starter at tackle if he can put all of it together. Then there is Rasheed Walker who was drafted in the late rounds last year by the Packers that showed promise just playing in one preseason game. At right tackle either Yosh Ninjman or Zach Tom will be the starter and one will be the backup. One of them will be a solid depth piece. In the interior they have Royce Newman, Jake Hanson, and Sean Rhyan as the backups. They might look late in the draft to improve the interior of the offensive line this year. Overall, the Packers depth on the offensive line is very solid going into this season.
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