J.C. Tretter Listed as Packers Backup Left Tackle

On the team's newly released depth chart, T.J. Lang is also listed as the Packers' backup right tackle.

When the Green Bay Packers released former first round draft choice Derek Sherrod on Monday, concern developed about the depth on the team's offensive line.

J.C. Tretter was activated from short-term injured reserve to take Sherrod's place on the roster, and perhaps suprisingly was listed as the team's backup left tackle on the Packers' newly released depth chart on Tuesday, albeit one that's merely for media purposes and not official.

Prior to coming off injured reserve, Tretter had only played center in a Packers uniform. He was the starting center in the Packers' first three preseason games in 2014, playing 86 snaps, before suffering a fracture in his knee.

Fifth round draft choice Corey Linsley has ably handled the center position in Tretter's stead and doesn't figure to be displaced in the starting lineup, although Tretter is also listed as the team's backup center.

Tretter does have experience at left tackle, having played the position his final two seasons of college at Cornell.

At 6-4 and 307 lbs., Tretter is slightly undersized compared to the average NFL tackle.

The Packers' backup at right tackle on the new depth chart has also changed with T.J. Lang listed behind Bryan Bulaga.

Lang played right tackle earlier in his career before settling in as a regular at guard.

Garth Gerhart is also listed as the backup at top backup at left guard after previously being listed as the No. 2 center earlier in the season.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 04, 2014 at 07:31 pm

Very happy they view him as a LT as well. Would like to see him there. Bahkt penalties have been crushers at tiimes.

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Guisado's picture

November 04, 2014 at 08:59 pm

Kudos to Linsley. He just earned a starting spot. Only going to get better next year.

I gotta think Tretter is long-term back up at C/G, with Barclay the long-term back up at both T's when he gets healthy next year.

Bulaga isn't perfect, but he's no worse than average. So if TT can re-sign him after this year, the line is looking pretty good for the next few years.

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RCPackerFan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 06:42 am

So who is the backup RT if Lang can't play?

I assume Tretter goes to RT?

Who is the backup RG? Taylor?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

November 05, 2014 at 10:13 am

It says in the article. Status quo at RG with Taylor.

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RCPackerFan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 10:49 am

If Lang can't play, (hopefully he will). What will be the best starting 5 OL?

Bakhtiari, Sitton, Linsley, Taylor Bulaga

or

Bakhtiari, Sitton, Tretter, Linsley, Bulaga

I don't like moving players around and with how well Linsley has done at Center I would hate to move him away from there. But that being said, Taylor was really bad against the Saints and if its an upgrade moving Linsley to G and having Tretter playing C, then they should do it.

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Evan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 11:07 am

Of those two options, I don't think there is any questions that it's #2.

I also HATE the old o-line injury shuffle, but in this case I think it would be the best situation.

EDIT: Actually, maybe I take that back.

Wouldn't Bahk - Sitton - Linsley - Tretter - Bulaga make more sense?

Have either Linsley or Tretter taken snaps at G? Or are we just sort of assuming both could do it (at least better than Taylor).

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RCPackerFan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 11:30 am

I actually had that option but took it off because I think Tretter would be to light to play G.
I could be wrong on that, but we don't see to many 307 lb G's in the league.

If Tretter could play G, I would love that way the best.

I just think any option is going to be better then Taylor.
Another option would possibly be Gerhart. I don't know if he would be better then Taylor, but could be an option.

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Evan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 11:50 am

Linsley was only 296 at the combine (6'3", vs. Tretter's 6'4"). Listed at 301 on the Packers site now. I'd be surprised if he was over 307 now...but maybe?

Seeing them both suited up, it was weird to me how much smaller and lighter Tretter looked than Linsley.

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RCPackerFan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 12:14 pm

That surprises me. Just looking at them Linsley looks so much bigger.

I guess too, even though Tretter is lighter, he still might be better then Taylor.

One thing I really was impressed with Tretter in the preseason was his quickness to be able to pull and trap. Possibly if they put him at G, they could do that more with him there then the could with Taylor.

And maybe all of this is for nothing and Lang will play. (which I hope)

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Evan's picture

November 05, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Yeah, I don't get it, but Linsley looks so much bigger/beefier than Tretter.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 05, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I think in this case the less change the better. (Now ILB is another story!) Sometimes too much theoretical flexibility complicates matters when continuity is pretty dam important mid season. Leave the left side alone,Linsley at center, with some combination of Lang/Tretter and Bulaga/Tretter on the right. We are pretty certain Tretter can play center,now lets see if he can play as well at either the tackle or guard position, Gotta think the staff has an idea about that.

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