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Railbird Central Podcast: Shuffling the Deck on the Packers Offensive Line

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Railbird Central Podcast: Shuffling the Deck on the Packers Offensive Line

According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report, the Packers are making some major changes on the offensive line by switching Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton to the left side. That means T.J. Lang will be playing right guard. And one player out of a group of Marshall Newhouse, Don Barclay and Derek Sherrod will be the right tackle. We break it all down.

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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America" and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Lars's picture

Good. Should have been done a year ago.

al's picture

i like it let the best MAN win !!!

DraftHobbyist's picture

I don't agree that Bakhtiari needs a full season of weightlifting to get NFL strength. I've heard that going around a bit, but Bakhtiari had 28 bench reps at the Combine. Here is what the other guys on our OL had coming out of college:
Van Roten: 31
Lang: 30
EDS: 30
Tretter: 29
BAKHTIARI: 28
Sitton: 28
Newhouse: 25
Sherrod: 23
Barclay: 23
Hughes: 22
The reason Datko needed an entire year to bulk up is because of an injury if I remember right.

I also don't agree that EDS is locked down at C. He could be an OG. The Packers told Patrick Lewis I think it was that he would have a chance to win the starting C job which lured him here, which shows that EDS is definitely not locked into the spot yet.

Another point is that Bakhtiari and Tretter both had good Wonderlic scores, so they might be able to start earlier than people think, especially when you combine their intelligence with their physical ability. I know it's the safe bet to say they will need a year to learn the playbook, work on technique, bulk up, etc., but if any mid-round OL guys can start early I feel these guys can.

I agree that Barclay is probably better suited for OG than OT as well. People overrate just how well he played last year. In 6 games, he had like 5 sacks allowed, 19 QB hurries, and 3 false starts. He rated like 58th/79 OT's I think it was on PFF, and he was the worst rated OL on for the Packers (worse than Newhouse). Barclay might not make the team, let alone get a starting job. I think his chances are better now with the switches going on, though, and Newhouse's chances have plummeted IMO. Don't be surprised to see Newhouse be a tough cut. I'd be surprised if the Packers keep more than 8 OL's. If they don't, Barclay or Newhouse has to go, and if Van Roten steps up they both could be gone.

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