Green Bay Packers farewell: offensive line works despite injuries


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – The Green Bay Packers suffered so many offensive line combinations that they started recycling.

Sunday against the Rams, Green Bay lined up with Yosh Nijman on left tackle, Jon Runyan on left guard, Lucas Patrick in center, Royce Newman on right guard and Billy Turner on right tackle. Nijman is the No.3 left tackle, Runyan was not the Week 1 starter at left-back and Patrick was not the Week 1 starter at center. But, as unlikely as a quintet is, it wasn’t the first time Green Bay had started a match with this group. He also did it in Week 5 against Cincinnati.

“I thought our offensive line had a fight, man,” said coach Matt LaFleur after the 36-28 win. “I think they did a great job. I think every time you go against that type of front, that style in defense, I think the fact that we backed off 45 times and Aaron had the only sack, that he tried to rush into, I think. thought they had done a hell of a job. “

The Packers led the NFL in scoring last year. Aaron Rodgers received most of the credit winning NFL MVP honors. But the offensive line was stellar. Left tackle David Bakhtiari was All-Pro, left guard Elgton Jenkins was a Pro Bowler and center Corey Linsley was All-Pro. However, Linsley signed with the Chargers in free agency, Bakhtiari still hasn’t played due to an ACL tear at the end of last season and Jenkins missed three games with an ankle injury and is now out. with a torn ACL.

However, offensive line coach Adam Stenavich’s rebuilt and reconfigured line performed well for most of the weeks. According to SportRadar, Green Bay has been pissed off on 6.7% of its running plays, one trick being a tackle at or behind the line of scrimmage. It is the seventh best rate in the NFL. In the passing game, the Packers quarterbacks were pressured 23.3% of the time, the 13th best rate.

For comparison, Green Bay was No. 2 in padding percentage and No. 1 in pressure percentage last season. So the line play hasn’t been as good – not surprisingly given the personnel and injuries – but it hasn’t been a disaster area either.

ESPN.com, using Next Gen Stats data, has its own metrics called Pass Block Win Rate and Run Block Win Rate. The Packers are seventh in both areas. Green Bay, Washington, Philadelphia, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams are the top five units in the top 10 in both areas.

The LaFleur was especially able to execute his attack with five starting line combinations and three starters against the Rams was remarkable. Jenkins looked like a legitimate left tackle in his eight games. Nijman was not outdone in both phases. According to PFF, here are the bag numbers of the five starts: Nijman with two of four starts, Runyan with two of 11 starts, Patrick with zero in eight starts, Newman with five of 12 starts (but none of the last three) and Turner with three. in 12 departures.

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Is help on the way? From the start of the season, the hope was that Bakhtiari would return to left tackle, Jenkins could return to left guard, and the rookie combination of Myers and Newman would play like veterans at the end of the season. Instead, Bakhtiari needed minor surgery on his reconstructed knee, Jenkins suffered a season-ending knee injury, Myers missed the last six games after knee surgery, and Newman struggled with the incoherence of recruits.

The hope is that Bakhtiari will be ready to resume training after the bye. Myers could also be back at some point. Bakhtiari’s return would boost the team’s championship hopes. Can it come back after being closed a few weeks ago? And if he can, is it possible that he will return to his five-time All-Pro form in time for the playoffs?

To tell the truth last week, Turner, the foundation of the line and the underrated right tackle.

“The matches are won in advance,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what defense you play. It doesn’t matter what attack you play. It doesn’t matter which team, special teams, none of that matters. At the end of the day, if you can’t block up front, you’re not going to get the ball out. That’s my opinion. It’s a lot easier when you have a guy like Aaron Rodgers, when you have a guy like Davante Adams, Marcedes Lewis, Aaron Jones. These things make your job easier, but at the end of the day, if you can’t block, you can’t do these things.

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