Where Should Elgton Jenkins Play When He Returns to the Packers Lineup?

The Green Bay Packers face an interesting dilemma heading into the 2022 season. It concerns the future of Pro Bowl offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins. Because he suffered a season-ending knee injury in November, it is unlikely Jenkins will be ready to start the 2022 campaign on time. But when he does return, do the Packers insert him into the lineup at tackle or a guard?

Jenkins is one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the NFL today. He can play all five positions along the line at a very high level. In college, he played center, guard and tackle during his career. His strong play at Mississippi State led the Packers to draft him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jenkins came close to winning the starting right guard position in training camp as a rookie but was barely beaten out by veteran Lane Taylor. When Taylor suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1, Jenkins stepped in and started for the rest of his rookie campaign.

In 2020, Jenkins won Pro Bowl honors for his strong play at left guard. He demonstrated the ability to run and pass block well and had the speed and agility to get to the second level.

In 2021, Jenkins again proved his versatility. With David Bakhtiari out of the lineup because of a knee injury he suffered late in 2020, Jenkins shifted to left tackle and took over the job of protecting Aaron Rodgers’ blind side.

Despite the position switch, Jenkins continued to play at a very high level. He suffered an ankle injury that cost him three games early in the season but played eight games in total before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Packers Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

So, now the question is, when Jenkins is ready to return to the lineup, where do the Packers put him? Do they return him to left guard alongside Bakhtiari who is expected to return to his customary left tackle position? If they do, that will give the Packers two Pro Bowl players on the left side of their offensive line and if both are healthy and return to form, could give the team one of the best duos in the league on the left side.

If Jenkins returns to left guard, then Jon Runyan, Jr. and Royce Newman would likely fight to see who will stay in the starting lineup at right guard with the other player giving the Packers depth along the interior offensive line.

The alternative is to move Jenkins to right tackle where Yosh Nijman will likely compete with an early round draft pick to see who the opening day starter will be after the Packers let go last year’s starter, Billy Turner. Jenkins would strengthen the weaker right side of the offensive line and give the Packers two Pro Bowl offensive lineman at the offensive tackle position.

There is a downside to moving Jenkins to tackle, however. As a rule, tackles are paid more money than guards as the Packers and the rest of the league places a higher value on that position. Jenkins rookie contract expires at the end of the 2022 season. If the team determines that his future is at tackle rather than at guard, Jenkins will almost certainly ask for and will likely receive a bigger contract if the Packers are able to re-sign him for 2023.

Obviously, a lot of things can change the equation between now and the time Jenkins is ready to return to the lineup. He can be ahead of schedule or behind schedule. Other players along the offensive line could also suffer injuries which would make Jenkins’ versatility even more useful. For example, Jenkins may become the primary backup at center if Josh Myers misses significant time next season.

The other players along the offensive line could also exceed expectations or play poorly, changing the team’s need at any position. We also don’t know at this point when the team will add offensive linemen in the draft and how many they will add. If the Packers select an offensive tackle with one of their early picks, they may be more inclined to project Jenkins’ long-term future at guard.

Either way, this is a major decision for the Packers coaching staff and front office. Through three seasons, Jenkins has proven himself to a be a very valuable and talented player who can help the team at a variety of positions. Keeping him in the fold and maximizing that ability is the next task for the Packers organization.

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Rarescope's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:09 pm

Where should Elgton Jenkins play? Wherever he's needed most on any given Sunday. Or Monday. Or Thursday. Or, if all goes well, maybe even a Saturday. He can do it all.

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Since'61's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:25 pm

Jenkins should play Left Guard where he belongs. Left to Right on the OL; Bak, Jenkins, Meyers, Newman, Nijman.

In this scenario Nijman is the only OL who needs to adjust to his position. Everyone else would be playing in their original starting position. The point is to maintain continuity and build effectiveness as the season goes on.

For whatever reason, we screwed around with the OL for the playoff game and we observed where that got us. 6 sacks, only 67 rushing yards for the game and 58 total yards in the second half. If necessary we can adjust the OL if there are injuries during the season. Let's at least get our guys back healthy and in position before we start playing musical chairs with OL again.

We can blame Rodgers and his "Davante vision" all we like but the fact is that the offense goes as far as their OL takes them. The Lombard I Packers won with the same OL when Starr was injured, when Hornung and Taylor were gone and without the best receivers in the league. Yes, McGee, Dowler and Dale were good to very good receivers but they were not Ray Berry or Paul Warfield or Charlie Taylor or Bob Hayes. Lombardi's Packers won behind their OL and their great defense. Our current Packers need to take a similar approach. Thanks, Since '61

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tincada's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:14 pm

Bak, seriously? The dude is nothing more than a boat anchor.

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Since'61's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:26 pm

That maybe true but he will be back as our starting LT. And seriously, he is also one of the best LTs in the league. Why would not want Bakthiari to return to LT and who would you replace him with as our starting LT if he is healthy? Thanks, Since '61

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:45 pm

If they go with an OT in round one we will know the answer. Kenyon Green may appeal to Gutedkunst to fill the void until Jenkins returns, which may be in November for all we know, then move Newman over to compete with Nijman at RT. Booster #four and hope we have cleared the hurdles. Stay well.

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dobber's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:21 pm

Don't feed the troll...

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MainePackFan's picture

March 31, 2022 at 06:42 pm

Too late :)

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

March 31, 2022 at 01:34 pm

What ever team you are a fan of probably wishes they had that kind of anchor.

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HDbikerguy's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:32 pm

How is a 4 time ALL PRO nothing more than a boat anchor..... WTH......

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dblbogey's picture

March 31, 2022 at 06:01 pm

How do you block a troll here?

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HarryHodag's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:27 pm

I've never figured out the lack of love for John Runyan. All the guy has done is play hard and get the job done. Jenkins should be the right tackle, a job he can handle without assistance. Nijman is good, but needs help. Nijman should be the swing tackle.

Or, sit Newman and put Jenkins at right guard. Newman showed flaws last season.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:40 pm

What is the evidence Nijman "needs help"? Did Bakht "need help" when the TE lined up next to him? I saw many plays where Yosh was the island at LT and did very well.

The jump in performance for Nijman each year as a Packer has been remarkable. You really think he will not continue to grow? Kid is an athletic freak with great footwork, very intelligent, and as strong as Hercules.

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dblbogey's picture

March 31, 2022 at 06:04 pm

And whoever put together the OL lineup without Nijman in the playoff game should be hung.

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greengold's picture

March 31, 2022 at 06:25 pm

Exactly. Nijman played phenomenal football last year. I think he only gave up 1 QB Hit, 1 pressure.

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MainePackFan's picture

March 31, 2022 at 07:16 pm

The article is a fun read. However, the author is basing the question on everyone being healthy. We already know that that it's quite unlikely that Jenkins will be ready to rock day one. Therefore it would impossible to know at this point where the Packers could best utilize Jenkins skill set.

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BigZ's picture

March 31, 2022 at 04:07 pm

duplicate

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BigZ's picture

March 31, 2022 at 04:06 pm

I was just about to say, keep him at his natural position. It will help solidify one side of our line.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

March 31, 2022 at 10:34 pm

I would make the argument that Runyan would be an immediate upgrade over Newman. Yes, Newman improved as the season wore on, but Runyan was putting on a clinic for a majority of the season when he played.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 01, 2022 at 12:25 am

Runyan is the much better pass protector, Newman is the much better run blocker. I'd tend towards the pass pro with an almost 40 year old QB.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

April 02, 2022 at 01:03 pm

Runyan played over 1000 snaps, roughly the same as Newman did, and gave up only two sacks with one penalty. Newman gave up 6 sacks and was penalized 5 times. Newman was atrocious in pass protection and let defenders run free at Rodgers at least once a game. Had there been any other alternative, he would've been benched. His PFF rating was also 10 points lower than the next lowest graded starting lineman on the team (55.4).

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 01, 2022 at 12:24 am

I agree. Jenkins is an above average RT, at LG he's a 1st team All Pro.

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greengold's picture

April 01, 2022 at 08:15 am

Hey Since’61, Yosh is equally adept playing RT as he is playing LT. Had 2 years starting experience at each while at Virginia Tech. Gave up just 1 sack in those 4 years… facing top ACC talents. It was to Ximines on a busted play... Not to Brian Burns, nor Clellin Ferrel, Josh Allen, Dexter Lawrence, nor Christian Wilkins.

Switching to RT is not much of a… , um… stretch… for our 6-7 OT Yosh Nijman.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

April 01, 2022 at 09:52 am

Agreed. Jenkins is a starting tackle on most teams but his run blocking at guard was a huge part of Jones' success in 2020. I want to see the OL opening holes on draws big enough for a golf cart and the OL getting to the second level. Our other guards were fine in pass protection but run blocking took a step back last year, and GB needs a punishing ground attack to create more favorable defensive looks for the passing game.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

April 02, 2022 at 01:05 pm

Newman was a liability in pass protection and was constantly unsure of his assignment. There's a reason his PFF rating was 10 points worse than every other starting lineman's. He also was penalized 5 times and gave up 6 sacks as a guard. That's awful.

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tincada's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:11 pm

I'm thinking a SB contender. Certainly not in GB

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stormin's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:03 pm

Go back to your own teams blog, you are just a jealous troll !

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Rebecca's picture

March 31, 2022 at 03:41 pm

Ignore them, instead of feeding the trolls.

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SteveMiller22's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:19 pm

It depends. I personally think he should be the starting RT unless they are able to get a good value on a tackle in the draft. I like Yosh, but I don't think I want to go into a season where he's my plan to start all 17 at RT. I would assume that they go tackle in the first 3 rounds regardless. They lost two, and even if they do move Jenkins, they'll want to add another one.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:21 pm

You build your line of the future.....and Jenkins is part of that future.....from the LT spot first. Currently, we look real good at LT with Bakhtiari, and Nijman, and eventually Jenkins. But Bakhtiari is old, expensive, and coming off a bad injury, and Nijman might be starting at another spot. IMO, I'd play Jenkins at LT when he returns because I'm going to have to pay him, anyway, or lose him. The rest of the offensive line consists of guys on their rookie deals, so it's not that expensive as a group.

If Jenkins and Runyan are the starters on the left side in 2023, that'd be fine with me. Myers at center. Nijman at the other tackle. But injuries happen so I'd want to get better guys added to this group, because it's almost certain our #9 offensive lineman will be starting for us in the playoffs.

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Since'61's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:33 pm

LH are you saying that in 2022 when Jenkins returns that we should move Bak out of the LT spot, assuming he returns healthy and is playing LT and replace him with Jenkins? If yes, why? and what would you do with Bak, RT or bench?

For 2023 your plan might be fine but I think the article is premised upon the 2022 season.

Maybe I have mis understood your post or the premise of the article.

BTW, love your latest avatar. Thanks, Since '61

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Leatherhead's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:56 pm

My premise is that Bakhtiari is not necessarily part of the future past this season. Remember, he's old and he's been out of the game for a while. And he's expensive. So he's our LT this year unless he can't play. Next year, 2023, we'd actually save money if he wasn't part of the team, so if we had somebody else to play that spot, that would be good.

If we want to keep paying and playing Bakhtiari, then we're affording Jenkins, too? If so, then he should play center or RT, since those are the other two premium positions on the offensive line. But we like Myers at center, and we're talking Nijman or draft picks at RT.

So, I think that when/if Jenkins returns, we'd put him at LT.....unless he's needed elsewhere. If Myers gets hurt, again, you could play Jenkins there and he'd immediately make Runyan and Newman better, and I could see a commitment to him as a Center, especially if Myers is plagued by injuries again this year.

I see the future of the Packers offensive line, and it includes Jenkins and Runyan and Newman and Nijman and Myers, but I just don't see Bakhtiari past this season. Stranger things have happened, I suppose.

Thanks for the avatar shout out. I miss my cat, but this'll do until something better comes along.

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Coldworld's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:52 pm

Maybe G or C would be a good starting point for a guy coming off his injury. I think I’d want to ease him back in during the season. Those positions might be easier options to do that.

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Since'61's picture

March 31, 2022 at 06:00 pm

LH thank you for taking the time to respond and clarify. I agree that come 2023 Bak will probably need to replaced at LT. Jenkins is a likely replacement but we could draft an LT between now and the 2023 draft.

Remember that Bak was a 4th round rookie who took over for Bulaga in TC when Bulaga was injured and Bak didn’t miss much time until his injury towards the end of the 2020 season.

It could be that Bak moves to RT in 2023 or that the Packers move on from him completely at that point. He may also want to play or try to remain in GB as long as Rodgers is with the team. Time will tell. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Guam's picture

April 01, 2022 at 08:19 am

Agree with your two key points LH: (1) Jenkins and his agent will not let the Packers pay him as an OG if he can play RT or LT. He will demand to be paid for where he can play, not where the Packers want him to play. (2) Bahk may be gone after next year. He will be north of 30 and very expensive and the Packers have a history of not keeping those O-line players. If the Packers draft a tackle high this year, expect Bahk to be cut after next season and Jenkins to be playing LT.

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mnbadger's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:41 pm

I agree with Leatherhead that we're going to have pay AJ one way or the other, so play him at LT.
Also note that Gil didn't reference another possible scenario. Put Jenkins at LT and trade Bahk for picks and or players.
At some point, we need to extend Josh to a team freindly RT deal. That leaves a choice between Bahk and AJ. I'll take AJ because of his versatility and cash in Bahk's value while it's at its peak. JMO and GPG!

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:19 pm

Who is AJ?

You mean EJ?

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mnbadger's picture

April 07, 2022 at 12:51 pm

Yes, typo. EJ - Elkton Jenkins

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Duneslick's picture

March 31, 2022 at 10:30 pm

If we trade bak we have 34 million dead cap on the books for 2022

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Jnixman's picture

March 31, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Great to have his versatility, but this decision is an easy one for me. Elgton is already going to get paid tackle money when the time comes, so you might as well play him there. Lots of other good options in the interior, so put your two best on the edges and let ‘em work.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 31, 2022 at 01:03 pm

My response is those who have a 'fixed' perception of where Jenkins should go highlights the fact they could never make a good coach, or GM. Jenkins should go where he is going to contribute the best to the team period! To pigeon hole him is an out right crime!

First, after 2022 we do not know for certain whether Bakhtiari, Nijman, or Jenkins will be back or not. I would think Jenkins and Nijman have youth and longevity in their favor and are the future. The Packers have at least three good interior linemen (four if you count Jenkins) in Runyan, Meyers, and Newman. I'm holding out 'hope' one or two of the other young linemen develop into good players but for now we cannot count on them. Subsequently, I would start off the season with Nijman starting at RT and once Jenkins is back healthy Nijman and Jenkins battle it out for the starting RT position.

My thoughts are the team needs at least three talented OT's and they have that in Nijman, Bak, and Jenkins when healthy. Then they need a developmental 4th OT. Time will determine whether someone like Cole Van Lanen or Runyan can be that 4th OT. If the top three are healthy it really changes how to approach this years draft. Even though Bak was drafted lower you normally have to draft high in round 1 & 2 to get a top quality OT. It is much easier to get a good Guard/Center in rounds 3-5. The Packers have many needs to fill in the draft since they are cap casualties. IMO, Jenkins absolutely should be focused at OT giving the Packers 3 quality OT's. Depending on both Bak and Jenkins health and timeframes would determine whether I'd draft an OT high (most likely will need to due to the uncertainty), or draft an interior lineman later freeing up higher draft selections in the draft for DL, Edge, LB, WR, and TE. Of course, the Packers need to also factor in BPA. More and more I think simply due to the uncertainty the Packers are going to have to draft an OT in either rounds 1 or 2. Then draft an interior lineman later in the draft.

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ricky's picture

March 31, 2022 at 01:24 pm

Jenkins is going to demand a lot of money on his next contract, no matter what position on the line he is playing. He will want to be paid as an elite player, period. The idea he'd take less money because he is considered to be a guard, rather than a tackle, will hold no weight with either Jenkins or his agent. They'll argue, rightly, I believe, that his versatility makes him more valuable, and therefore he should get paid accordingly.

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stockholder's picture

March 31, 2022 at 01:34 pm

I want him back at Guard. Sitton blew his knee out and they moved him back. . Bulaga blew his knee out and they moved him to RT. The Lt is a knee injury waiting to happen. You have an All-pro guard! Why mess up his career? Messing up the Ol is a recipe for disaster.

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gkarl's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:10 pm

You just sign Jenkins and play him were he is needed most. You might get a small extension discount because he's coming off an injury and if you do Bonus, if not you need to pay the freight, even LT price, and keep him. He's to valuable and young to lose. Bak at LT. Let Nijman play RT, I think he's earned the opportunity and should have started at LT in the playoff instead of the line reshuffle that occurred. Runyun at LG until until Jenkins is ready.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:52 pm

I think you nailed it.

Jenkins can play all five OL positions, so his versatility is going to get paid. Pay him. It doesn't matter who else is where, you plug in EJ in where he is needed each week. It would be nice if we could have all starting five OL stay healthy and play as a unit, but injuries happen.

As long as Bakh is on the team, he'll be our starting LT as long as he can play. Meyers was drafted to play Center. We have a couple guys who can play Guard. Elgton can play RT or LG, but I fully expect Gutey to go after a guy who might be able to step into the RT spot from the jump, since EJ is coming off an ACL. That still gives us Nijman to use as a Swing tackle if the need arises.

Kenyon Green is a very versatile guy in the mold of Elgton Jenkins, so I could see Gutey drafting him or maybe Bernhard Raimann might be a possibility. We'll have to wait and see.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 31, 2022 at 02:30 pm

It all depends on the draft and OL player(s) selected.

It is not far fetched the Packers may get a starting T, G or T/G on days 1 or 2 of the draft.

With an expected increase in the running game this year with Adams gone, Jenks is the best run blocker on the Packers and a true asset at G. This talk about paying him T money or G money on a new K is silly. The Packers know what they have in Jenks who can play all 5 spots...and that fact gets him T money regardless of where he starts in 2022.

Bakht, Jenks, Myers, Runyan and Yosh is a really good OL. Throw a top drafted rookie into the mix at T or G and let them compete for the RG or RT spots.

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TXCHEESE's picture

March 31, 2022 at 03:09 pm

Way too early to discuss. Very likely Jenkins won't be ready for the start of the season, and until then the draft, training camp performance, and injuries will have a big say as to who plays where in the starting 5.

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LLCHESTY's picture

March 31, 2022 at 03:12 pm

Tell me the Packers couldn't use Velus Jones on STs! Two killer blocks after getting the ball taken from him.

https://twitter.com/Shonndamac/status/1036188587539091456?t=A7m7D5sqYnbI...

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 31, 2022 at 06:07 pm

That is another feature of this WR draft class. Many who will play on game days even if they are the 4th or 5th WR playing STs. Jones would be a nice pick on day 3.

Christian Watson is another ST demon.

But this is the year to load up WR early and late. Give the new ST coach players who have produced, and want to play on STs.

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OWarrior's picture

March 31, 2022 at 04:15 pm

We're familiar with his background and versatility. Where does Cheesehead TV think that he should play?

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OWarrior's picture

March 31, 2022 at 04:15 pm

We're familiar with his background and versatility. Where does Cheesehead TV think that he should play?

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LLCHESTY's picture

March 31, 2022 at 04:37 pm

Gutey said the other day he thought Nijman should have gotten more opportunities to compete for a starting spot so it sounds to me they are going to give him every chance to win the RT starting spot. If he's playing well there Jenkins stays at G when he returns and Runyan or Newman get pushed to the bench. I think they draft a T at some point but I hope not before round 3. So expect a T taken in the 1st round! All in all OL depth is a very good problem to have. A little thinner this year but they'll draft at least one.

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Rossonero's picture

March 31, 2022 at 05:17 pm

Jenkins should play wherever he's most needed. Right now, as far as I can tell, that's at RT.....unless there's plans to re-sign Dennis Kelly for cheap or have Yosh Nijman start there, neither of which I'm aware of.

Jenkins is a modern day Bruce Matthews. His versatility + elite talent means he will command elite money, so at the very least, put him at RT since Bak has LT locked down (assuming his knee is fine). Elite Guards or Centers can command a lot of money too, but those positions are more replaceable, and we just drafted a Center in the 2nd round last year, and along with Runyan and Newman at Guard, it's RT that seems to be a gaping hole right now with Turner's departure.

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nstewart1's picture

March 31, 2022 at 07:07 pm

Interesting contention from Mike Wahle that OGs are more important that OTs in today's NFL, because EDGE rushers are easier to ride outside compared to the destructive effect of collapsing the inside of the pocket. Not entirely unbiased, but maybe more there than I assumed.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

April 01, 2022 at 03:00 pm

A perfect example of this is the Packers pass rush. Kenny Clark may not get a ton of sacks, but he creates a ton of sack opportunities for Gary and co. by completely collapsing the interior of the pocket repeatedly. A qb can evade the wide rush by stepping up or stepping under the outside rusher. But when the interior oline collapses theres nowhere for the qb to go. Rams are the best at this with Aaron Donald. Im pretty sure i could get 10 sacks a year on the outside with Donald cannibalizing blockers on the interior lol.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 31, 2022 at 07:27 pm

The mantra is, "Play the best five guys." So the correct question really is, "Who is the weakest link?" I'd argue that it was either Yosh or Newman in 2021, but that will not matter when Jenkins returns in October (hopefully). So call me in October. I'll have an opinion then.

And I agree, Jenkins and his agent will NOT care what position he plays, he will want tackle money.

I had a sinking feeling when Turner was put in the lineup for the playoff game that it would not end well. I remember the moment. I remember the feeling. And then I forgot about it for a little while Adams kicked ass in the first quarter. After that, yeah, not a great day. A great disappointment. Still not over it.

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greengold's picture

March 31, 2022 at 07:58 pm

Yosh gets a lot of disrespect, undeservedly so. He gave up ZERO sacks in 2021.

I was stunned when they took him out of the playoff game for Turner. That floored me as well. As for Newman, I thought Royce played really well and hit that rookie wall halfway through the season like many do.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 01, 2022 at 07:48 am

I wrote about this months ago, but when Bakh came back against Detroit the gap between Yosh and Bakh was just glaringly obvious. If you look at plays where the rusher lined up far outside (7-tech), well off the left shoulder of the tackle, Yosh could not handle those sets. He would try to kick-slide but he would just give up the outside edge. Compare to Bakh, he would execute a jump-set and pick it up in the Detroit game. And I have zero doubt that the move strained Bakh's knee and contributed to him being unavailable for the playoff game. But I don't know that Yosh is EVER going to be able to execute that move. Maybe he can, but he hasn't yet. And that is why he needed more TE/RB help, because there are things that he has not shown that he can do. As for Newman, he got bullied at times. An offseason in the weight room may be enough to fix it. We'll see.

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Ya_tittle's picture

April 01, 2022 at 03:14 pm

I SO AGREE ON THAT PLAYOFF GAME!!!!!!!!!!!

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PhantomII's picture

March 31, 2022 at 08:55 pm

I would like Jenkins at RT....But, it makes more sense if BAK is good to go at LT to have Jenkins man LG in case (C) Meyers gets hurt he can rotate to C and Runyon can plug the hole at LG. I would like to see Nijman starting RT also. Newman looks soft and like he doesn't know what a gym is for. Needs to put 20 lbs. of muscle on. I want a bigger heavy handed OL so no more B.S. TE blocking wasting a spot on the OL. I want our OL blasting holes in SF type DL's and pass blocking for 5 seconds so AR can....NOW...find an open WR or TE or RB. When BAK leaves Nijman at LT and Jenkins at RT.

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MooPack's picture

March 31, 2022 at 11:42 pm

LG where he is All-Pro, unless injury to another position and he is needed to give best option for success. That is the question for every position. Keep a player at the All-Pro lockdown position where he will succeed to the detriment of another position or be more average/above average across the board. That's a tough call. I think they screwed that up last playoff game, but hindsight is something that will always be talked about.

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saltandpeppers's picture

April 01, 2022 at 11:27 am

Bakh-Jenkins-Meyers-Ruynan-Newman. Book it!

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

April 01, 2022 at 02:53 pm

Id almost guarantee they take at least 1 olineman in the top 2 rounds. They cant go into a season with Runyan and Newman as the starters on the right side.

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greengold's picture

April 01, 2022 at 08:21 pm

You misspelled Nijman.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

April 01, 2022 at 02:48 pm

Where Jenkins should play depends on a few factors. First and foremost, he needs to be fully recovered and back to his pre-injury self. The next variable has to do with Bakhtiari. Will he ever be 100% again? If the Packers arent confident in his recovery or just decide he's no longer worth the bloated salary, they can outright release Bakh post june 1st to help spread out the dead cap hit over multiple seasons. If that happens, you can almost guarantee Jenkins becomes the starting LT. Next, what will the Packers do in the draft? Theres quite a few really nice interior olineman who will be available. Kenyon Green, Zion Johnson, Jamaree Salyer, Sean Rhyan, just to name a few. For conversation's sake, we'll assume Bakh and Jenkins are back 100% healthy. If the Pack then draft any of the above 4 prospects, that will give them a bunch of options. Keep Jenkins at LG, start the rook at RG, and let Newman/Runyan fight it out for RT. I like this scenario best because i think Newman is better suited for tackle than guard and it would create an absolute iron curtain on the interior with Jenkins, Myers, and (insert rookie here). But they could also flex Jenkins out to RT and start the rookie at LG. Or they could try the rookie at RT. All 4 of them are athletic enough to do so even though theyre all better suited at guard. A lot still has to be ironed out but I'm excited to see how the Big Uglies take shape.

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Grandfathered's picture

April 01, 2022 at 04:54 pm

This draft should tell us a lot about what the coaching staff thinks of Van Lannen and Hansen. I felt that the Packers spent quite a bit of draft capital on O line the last 2 years, so where and when they pull the trigger on another this month should be an indicator of those guys status.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 07, 2022 at 01:47 pm

GF,
Good points and agree 100%!

This with who might have fallen and sitting at selection time. Too good to pass up?

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