The Green Bay Packers offense is going to look pretty different in 2023 compared to 2022. Of course, the biggest change is that Jordan Love is taking over at quarterback after Green Bay traded Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets. Additionally, the pass catchers surrounding love will all be rookies or second-year players.
The mainstays on the offense are the running backs: Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins, too, will return to their usual spots at left tackle and left guard respectively.
Earlier this offseason, though, Packers coaches revealed that the other three starting offensive line spots would be up for competition. Due to the success of the line last season, though, few thought that this was a real possibility.
However, reports out of training camp on Tuesday are indicating that 2022 fourth round draft pick Zach Tom could displace Josh Myers at center.
Could Zach Tom Take Josh Myers’ Starting Job for the Green Bay Packers?
Several media members who cover the Packers are in attendance at training camp today, and revealed that Zach Tom was getting some time as the starting center during drills.
Tom at center with the 1s.
— Bill Huber (@BillHuberNFL) August 1, 2023
Earlier in the practice period, Myers was playing center with the starters while Tom was playing right tackle. It is interesting, though, that Myers, who is a two-year veteran, may already be in danger of losing his starting spot.
The fact of the matter is, though, that Myers did not progress as much as the team hoped he would last season. Also, according to PFF, Tom was a superior blocker in both the running and passing aspects of the offense:
- Tom: 68.3 overall grade, 78.1 pass blocking grade, 55.7 run blocking grade
- Myers: 60.4 overall grade, 74.3 pass blocking grade, 53.5 run blocking grade
Tom also has reported to camp 10-15 pounds heavier, which he hopes will help him be a better run blocker. If all Myers cannot show that he has improved over the offseason, Tom very well be the starting center in 2023.