5. Revamped offensive line
As mentioned earlier, the Packers o-line struggled in their performance last season.
However, much of that had to do with the injury bug and the poor play of Jahri Evans at right gaurd. Now that Evans is gone and Bryan Bulaga is recovering after a torn ACL, the o-line seems to be in better shape.
Starting from the left side, there is little to no concern over David Bakhtiari. He has proven year in and year out he is among the best left tackles in the league.
Lane Taylor brings some concern at left guard. It was clear he didn’t improve much last season in his second as a full-time starter. However, he brings stability to the guard position as he his very agile. If he can limit the number of times he is beaten off the snap he could become a top-15 guard in the league.
At center, Corey Linsley is a powerful blocker, However, he too has some concerns. The good news is that his concerns can be fixed in the classroom. Last season his biggest issue seemed to be reading opposing fronts and knowing how to block them. His run blocking is good as he drives interior defensive lineman well, however, it’s about keeping Rodgers protected in the passing game. All in all, Linsley is reliable and stable at center. He should be very motivated for a brighter 2018.
Justin McCray seems to be taking Evans position at right guard. He did very well playing all over the line last season in a spot role. By focusing on one position, McCray can become a solid guard in Green Bay. The team likes him, fans believe in him and he can deliver big time in 2018.
Lastly, there’s Bulaga. Again, he is coming off of a torn ACL for the second time in his career. How much can be expected of Bulaga is unknown. However, general manager Brian Gutekunst believes Bulaga is the man when healthy and can continue to play at a high level.
Between gaining health and become better overall, the Packers o-line will help the offense improve in 2018.