The Packers had one of the best passing O-lines last year.  Arguably a top 3 Pass blocking line behind the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys. With only a 5.5% Sack rating, Aaron Rodgers had a career year passing and lead the team to a 10-6 record and into the playoffs. A lot of the success from last year should go to the O-Line for them being able to give A-Rod so much time in the pocket.

 

Let’s start out with the 2015 Offensive Line.

Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari

(14 games started)

Left Guard:

Josh Sitton

(16 regular season games + 2 Playoffs games)

Center:

Corey Linsley

(13 Games)

Right Guard:

T.J. Lang (15 games)

Right Tackle:

Bryan Bulaga (12 games)

 

       Overview: This Packers offense in 2015 was dangerous. With Jordy getting injured in a preseason game, the emergence of Davante Adams and James Jones stepping up and helping Aaron have another pro bowl year helped build confidence. The Offensive Line wasn’t the most stable with Josh Sitton being the only O-Lineman starting every game, but it got the job done for A-rod. This season came to an end with the sad loss to the Cardinals in the division playoff game.

 

        Next comes the 2016 Offensive Line. If you watched any of the past games of this season then you would see that this Packers O-line was the best in the recent years. The pass blocking was one of the better ones in the league. It seemed as if these men gave Aaron all day in the pocket.

 

Here’s the 2016 Offensive line:

Left Tackle:

David Bakhtiari

(16 GS)

Left Guard:

Lane Taylor

(16 GS)

Center:

Corey Linsley (9 GS)

J.C. Tretter (7 GS)

Right Guard:

T.J. Lang (13 GS)

Right Tackle:

Bryan Bulaga (16 GS)

 

       Overview: This Line is a good one. Not great but still helped Aaron have a great season and help keep Aaron healthy throughout the whole season. The star of this line would be T.J. Lang who was selected to first Pro Bowl as a starter. Bakhtiari was selected as a first alternate for the first time. This O-Lines dominance shows with them being ranked the best pass blocking this season (www.profootballfocus.com) and ranking David Bakhtiari the best Pass Blocking Left Tackle in the league. If that’s not impressive enough then listen to this. The Packers were ranked 11th in sack rate with a 5.5% which is their best sack rate in 10 years. This line is one of the best pass blocking lines that the Packers have had in awhile.

 

        This year the O-Line is going to be a huge question mark. With the Packers letting T.J. Lang and J.C. Tretter go there’s a huge hole at the guard position. Don Barclay could start but i think the Packers might draft a guard mid-draft and try and fit them in as a backup. I see David Bakhtiari making a Pro Bowl as a starter and Corey Linsley stay healthy and have a comeback year. This is who I can see starting the first regular season game.

 

Left Tackle:

David Bakhtiari

(62 Career GS)

Left Guard:

Lane Taylor

(18 Career GS)

Center:

Corey Linsley

(38 career GS)

Right Guard:

Rookie Guard/ Don Barclay 

Right Tackle:

Bryan Bulaga

(76 career GS)  

 

Overview: This new O-Line is one that is inconsistent. David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga are the obvious stars of this lineup. I can see them put a rookie on the O-Line. The veteran Bryan Bulaga could help the rookie or Don Barclay could see some time at the RG position. Corey Linsley is looking to earn his spot after J.C. Teeter signed with the browns in the off-season.  

The offensive line is a huge part of the offense, without it Aaron wouldn’t be the person he is today. I think this Packers O-line will be a good one for years to come.

 

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