4. David Bakhtiari
It feels as if David Bakhtiari has been around forever, especially since he signed a contract extension in 2016 that runs through 2020. And every single season Bakhtiari is making that deal look more and more team-friendly.
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He’s truly emerged as one of the best left tackles in the game and only gets better every year. He’s great in pass protection and very stout in the running game. All the Packers have to do is plug him in at tackle and let him go to work.
This is a huge advantage for Aaron Rodgers and co. as they have enough other things to worry about on the offensive line. The right guard and right tackle position are in flux and have a lot of things that need to be ironed out with Bryan Bulaga unlikely to be ready to start the season.
That means Green Bay will already be going with one backup tackle and could hardly afford to throw another backup in Bakhtiari’s place if he goes down. Green Bay has mediocre at best depth at tackle with guys such as Kyle Murphy, Byron Bell and Jason Spriggs. Hopefully, Bakhtiari stays on the field all season and provides Rodgers with the protection he needs.