The Green Bay Packers offensive line was supposed to be an area of strength heading into this season. They had the most experience among any offensive position group and were returning all five starters from a year ago.
Zach Tom beat out Yosh Nijman for the starting right tackle position, providing Green Bay with another talented offensive lineman, joining Jon Runyan Jr. on the right side. Runyan had started 33 games heading into 2023 and emerged as a solid starting guard.
Josh Myers was the weak point at center, but he is still an adequate player. He was allegedly going to be locked into a battle for his starting spot during training camp, but that never fully materialized. Meanwhile, the left side was supposed to be one of the best in football, with Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari locking it down.
After a 2-3 start, here are five burning questions the Green Bay Packers are staring straight in the face heading into their Week 6 Bye.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t played out that way. Bakhtiari played Week 1 and is out the rest of the year, while Jenkins missed a couple of games. Still, that’s no excuse for the porous play from the entire group this season. They’ve given up 51 pressures, 39 hurries, and seven sacks in just five games. Most of that damage has come in the last two games, where they’ve been manhandled and embarrassed. They’ve been even worse in run-blocking all season.
Will they live up to their potential coming out of the bye? That’s one of the burning questions the Packers must answer because if they can’t create running lanes or protect their quarterback, it will be tough to assess all of the young talent behind them accurately.
Let’s check out four other burning questions staring the Packers in the face heading into the bye week.