Green Bay Packers: 2018-19 season Studs and Duds

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Stud No. 2 – Left Tackle David Bakhtiari

All year long, Aaron Rodgers struggled with health and the ability to stay upright. The offensive line’s injuries and shuffling was a major cause of that. However, without question, the most rock-solid performer of that group was David Bakhtiari. Bakhtiari continued to be one of the best blindside protectors in the NFL, and he ultimately finished as the best tackle of the year in Pro Football Focus’ rankings.

Everyone is aware that the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest. That became extremely evident when Bakhtiari missed the cut as even a first alternate despite heading for another All-Pro nod. Bakhtiari allowed the extremely limited Rodgers to stand in the pocket with some confidence he wouldn’t be run over on every other play. Since the Packers drafted Bakhtiari in the fourth round in 2013, he has been nothing short of exceptional.

The right side of the offensive line is a big question mark heading into next season with all of the team’s right guards hitting free agency, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga is a roster question with his injury history and high cap number. However, with two years still left on his deal, Bakhtiari will be locked in as the starter for them for multiple years to come thankfully.