Once the Packers announced their 53-man roster this past weekend and it included only eight offensive lineman, reaction poured in as bloggers expressed their concern about the depth at the position. "I'm not too concerned with the starters or the backups at tackle," writes PackApologist at Acme Packing Company. "The starting line looks as good, or possibly better, than last year. I also don't really have too many concerns with Sherrod or Newhouse as backups at tackle. I really don't think Evan Dietrick-Smith is a good answer for the interior line, and neither Newhouse nor Sherrod has shown much promise as guards. This means that an injury to Lang, Scott Wells, or Josh Sittion could be scary thing for this team."
Similar sentiment is expressed at Lombardi Ave. "The backups: Derek Sherrod, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Marshall Newhouse, had their moments in preseason, but they are backups for a reason," writes apackphan. "Though Head Coach Mike McCarthy and his staff have proven they are masters at plugging holes in the lineup without missing a beat, we all know how key the offensive line is to protection of the MVP quarterback and in opening holes for running backs."
Also chiming in is Lauren Fernandez of PocketDoppler. "When the 53 man roster was announced, I fully expected 9-10 linemen on the list," writes Fernandez. "With five starters and three back-ups, that gives us eight offensive linemen and a heck of a bunch of TEs. TT didn’t have a lot of options or more of a choice with this, so much of the blame can be placed on players not living up to expectations or last season play."
A counter argument is provided by Matt Bove at PackersHQ. "If everybody stays healthy I do no see the offensive line as a huge issue," writes Bove. "Bryan Bulaga really seems to be improved this preseason and I think can play at a pro bowl level this year. Josh Sitton has had an off preseason but it is just a blip as he will play at his perennial all- pro level. T.J. Lang, while not the pass blocker that Daryn Colledge was will be a better run blocker, and will be better focusing on one position. Scott Wells and Chad Clifton should be there normal solid selves as well. Clifton’s bad performance against the Colts can be attributed to Dwight Freeney being really good and Clifton not getting a lot of camp reps. However, if injuries occur it could be potentially devastating."
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