Packers OC has a lot of decisions to make on the offensive line
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich is preparing the team with shallow depth at the offensive line. Thursday’s injury report had three offensive linemen either not participating or having limited participation in practice. The Packers starting tackles David Bakhtiari, and Elgton Jenkins might be missing in Week Two against the Chicago Bears. The Packers OC will have to figure out what offensive linemen to start if they can’t go.
The team’s starting five on the offensive line last week was terrible. The unit gave up four sacks for 33 yards. This group will have to be better against a Bears unit bringing defensive end Robert Quinn to Lambeau Field.
It appears the Packers starting lineup isn’t quite ready by Thursday night. Per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Stenavich told the media in his press conference that they’d find out Sunday who was playing.
“It’ll be interesting to see who lines up as our starting O-line. You’ll find out Sunday. It’ll be a fun surprise for everyone.”
Packers OC Adam Stenavich: "It'll be interesting to see who lines up as our starting O-line. You'll find out Sunday. It'll be a fun surprise for everyone."
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 15, 2022
Packers were looking at alternative options from last week’s lineup
Head Coach Matt LaFleur said there would be competition for starting spots on the offensive line for Week 2. Packers rookie offensive lineman Zach Tom was praised by LaFleur this week. The team signed fan favorite Caleb Jones to the active roster. It would be interesting to see if one of them cracks a starting job at one of the open tackle positions if Bakhtiari and Jenkins can’t go.
The injury report makes it seem like Bakhtiari and Jenkins won’t play. Friday’s report should give a better indication if they don’t participate fully in practice. If they can’t, Sunday’s lineup will be a surprise. But I’m not sure “fun” would be the way to describe it for Packers fans.