Ramblin’ Fan – With the season-ending injury to offensive tackle Elgton Jenkins, the projected starting offensive line is: LT: Yosh Nijman, LG: Jon Runyan Jr., C: Lucas Patrick, RG: Royce Newman, RT: Billy Turner. Of that group, who is the weakest link? Who is the strongest starter?
Dairyland Express: From the offense as a whole, (the weakest link) is likely offensive lineman Yosh Nijman. While he hasn’t played as much as the others this season, he has held up rather well. And certainly, he does depend upon the occasional assistance from the Packers’ tight ends. According to PFF, he has allowed two sacks and five pressures in 126 pass-blocking snaps this season, but to some degree, you’re always worried about an inexperienced left tackle.
I’ll also comment on right guard Royce Newman, who has shown a lot of promise as a rookie but has taken his lumps as well. There seems to be a moment or two, and sometimes three, each game where he completely misses his assignment.
The strongest member of this Green Bay Packers offensive line so far has been Billy Turner. He really is one of the unsung heroes on the team this season. Based on numbers he isn’t going to rank as one of the top tackles in football by any means, but he’s been very steady and reliable at RT for two seasons now, which as we all know, is incredibly valuable.