Offensive Linemen Musical Chairs, 2014 Edition: who stays, who goes?

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  1. NYPACKER
    June 11, 2014

    There is no way that they put either Linsley or Tretter on practice squad, as they would be signed by someone else immediately. The other 1-2 spots will be between Sherrod, Barclay, & Lane. Sherrod (health) is the wildcard.

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    • Stroh
      June 11, 2014

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      • NYPACKER
        June 11, 2014

        IDK…81% of 5th round draft picks make the active roster in their first year, I think it would be very risky to put Linsley on practice Squad.

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  2. The Clinic
    June 11, 2014

    Anyone know if Linsley can long snap? That would open a roster spot.

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    • Mojo
      June 12, 2014

      Hmmm… interesting thought. I did find this on Linsley: “Packers offensive line coach James Campen took questions from the media about Linsley a little while ago, and called him “a really good long snapper,” a necessary fundamental in the team’s Aaron Rodgers-run offense, and a staple of the spread offense used by Ohio State”

      Now I think they were talking about the center to QB shot-gun snap, but still would be an interesting way to save a roster spot. Plus with Linsley’s strength and bulk he would be better blocking and covering kicks than Goode. Plus he could back up at center and guard, Goode doesn’t But don’t think it would happen. No way they’d mess with the psyche of Crosby after he came around last year. Nice thinking outside the box though.

      As far as the o-line grouping, I think it’s most likely to be option 1. Barclay is a lock in my opinion. The coach loves him and he probably can play all five positions. Sherrod if he’s competent, would provide back-up at both outside positions. I think Tretter would have to stink it up not to win the center job. I believe he will be up to the task. Then the question becomes what to do with Linsley…

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  3. Archie
    June 11, 2014

    Tretter will be our C for the next decade. I’m an often critic of TT’s drafting acumen but his back-to-back R4 picks two years ago of Bakhtiari and Tretter needs to be lauded.

    Bulaga will get another chance to stay healthy for the whole season.

    Bakthiari will keep the LT spot.

    You don’t hold on to Sherrod this long only to let him go when he is finally ready to play.

    Barclay is a keeper.

    Throw in the two starting guards and you are at 7. TT will keep 8 or even 9 OL this year because of the expiring contracts on both Bulaga and Sherrod. That would give both Taylor and Linsley a spot. If they go with 8, Linsley could last on the practice squad given his athletic limitations.

    I don’rt see much liklihood of much drama on the OL cutdown. And if there is a major injury, the situation becomes even simpler. The more difficult cuts will be on the defensive front 7. There’s a lot of bodies there. How good any of them are is difficult to assess given their youth and injury history. For me, that’s the major focus of “player development” during TC. Good to hear TE and S are showing positive early signs. Also lots to watch at WR and RB. But, like I said, it’s all about whgat we can get out of our DL/LB that will determine this team’s fortunes in 2014.

    Worthy
    Thornton
    Boyd
    Jones
    Guion
    Raji
    Daniels
    Neal
    Perry
    Peppers

    Lots of youth and potential but many are on last chance. And who emerges at ILB? If it’s another year of Hawk/Jones, that will be difficult to overcome.

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    • SchenySchen
      June 12, 2014

      Agreed that if Tretter becomes the starting C for the foreseeable future, TT will have really hit paydirt with those 2 4th round picks. That entire draft is looking better and better if that plays out. Need Jones to become an impactful starter and it will be an incredible haul. Jones,Lacy,Bak,Tretter,Hyde,Franklin. GoPack!

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  4. Ed Schoenfeld
    June 11, 2014

    Have the packers ever started the season with fewer than 8 Offensive Linemen?

    Neither Tretter nor Linsley would make it to the PS, not with the kind of draftable grade each one had.

    Barring injury that means Bakhtiari, Bulaga, Sitton, Lang, Tretter, Sherrod Barclay, and Linsley all make the squad.

    Lane Taylor or one of the practice squad/undrafted rookie types might be a 9th OL or make it in case of an injury, but I think they stick with 8 and an extra PS guy for in-season depth. I’ll be interested in seeing what Fullington, Vujnovich and Adams bring to the competition.

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  5. Todd Hansen
    June 11, 2014

    Historically, the packers have kept 8 offensive lineman on the roster with seven being active on game day and one inactive. Expect both Tretter and Linsley to make it along with Barclay. The choice comes down to Sherrod’s recovery vs. Taylor’s growth and long term potential.

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  6. TheVOR
    June 11, 2014

    The a comment here, I don’t view Don Barclay as a lock. He was being beaten like a drum last season at RT. Where this becomes difficult is experience vs. athleticism. Without question Barclay has the experience to move around, he’s versatile. IMO the issues are around basically, is he talented enough? Are there better backup choices? I was a fan of Barclay in his rookie campaign, be he was basically terrible last year.

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    • Ed Schoenfeld
      June 11, 2014

      I think the question iis really whether Barkley + experience > any other option on gameday. Linsley, Taylor, and any of the other PS-type guys could have some developmental upside, but they are still developmental. So even if barkley is not exctly a ‘lock,’ it seems to me he starts with a significant lead for the 6th or 7th spot.

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    • Nopainnogain
      June 11, 2014

      I agree and I think there’s been a tendency to overrate Barclay just due to the fact that people had extremely low expectations for him to begin with and he exceeded them. I think it’s kind of the same for Bak. They both struggled at times, esp. in the runblocking. however, both are still young and have more experience than the alternatives and aren’t bad at pass blocking. Barclay may not be a great starter but I think he is fine as a “break glass in case of emergency” option for both tackle & guard. Taylor, Sherrod, Lindsey or Tretter are mysteries.

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  7. big o
    June 11, 2014

    You know this is a good subject, but I find myself hoping there is someone on our roster that can keep 300 lb animals off Rodgers BLINDSIDE!! That’s not asking to much, is it???

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    • Scheny Schen
      June 11, 2014

      Bak is your man. He is stronger and heavier this year to fend off the bull rushers he couldn’t handle last year. GoPack!

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      • Ed Schoenfeld
        June 11, 2014

        Scheny, I hope you are right!

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      • SchenySchen
        June 12, 2014

        me too

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    • mike
      June 12, 2014

      last year the pressure came through mostly the rightside and when the waste of space newhouse was playing. barclay needs to add more weight he when playing rightside got pushed around . but the left side did a great job you cant stop all sacks but the left side stopped way more than the right side

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  8. Katsuya
    June 11, 2014

    My early prediction is the starting 5 will be Bahktiari, Sitton, Tretter, Lang, Bulaga. With the 3 backups being Sherrod, Linsley, and Barclay.

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    • Stroh
      June 11, 2014

      I tend to think that’ll be exactly the case. Tho I could also see Taylor possibly beating out Linsey for a job and Linsey going on PS. I’m fine w/ either really. IMO Taylor has a legit shot of beating Linsey out of a job.

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  9. aaronqb
    June 11, 2014

    We are in June and in the middle of OTAs. The linemen haven’t even put on the pads yet and we are already laying out scenarios.

    Here are a few things to keep in mind:
    1) The Packers generally keep between 7 and 9 OL on the 53-man roster. They have begun the last 2 seasons at 7.
    2) Three tackles are in the last year of their contract – Bulaga, Sherrod, and Barclay. Barclay would be a RFA (assuming he is tendered); Bulaga and Sherrod would be UFAs. This may factor into the 53-man decision. In fact, if there is a promising young tackle among the UDFAs, they make get a roster spot because of this.
    3) 7 OLs are almost always active on game day. The guys on the 53-man that are inactive are either: injured, developmental players.
    4) Injuries aside, I would be shocked if Tretter is not on the 53-man. The Packers would have re-signed Dietrich-Smith if there was any doubt about Tretter. No way does GB go into the draft without a guy who can be a starting center. In my mind, Tretter is a lock.

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    • BubbaOne
      June 11, 2014

      This posting has the 2013 opening day O-Line at 8: Bakh, Barc, Newhouse, Sit, Lang, Taylor, EDS and GVR.

      http://allgbp.com/2013/08/31/meet-your-2103-green-bay-packers/

      TT/MM had 23 on the offensive side last year. It will be interesting how the roster will look if they keep 3 QB’s and 6 WR’s this year.

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  10. mike
    June 11, 2014

    sherrod i can see not being there maybe even barclay he did get pushed around pretty good last season as our weak side went from left to the right where he played . alne taylor is another i can see letting go. i really dont see us paying what bulaga and his agent will want next year due to he cant stay healthy so maybe we keep barcly or sherrod to fill his spot in 2015 but i dont thin sherrod will get a huge contract after riding the bench 3 years

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    • mike
      June 11, 2014

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  11. Slim11
    June 11, 2014

    I also question whether Barclay makes it this season. Several here, along with MM, mention his ability to play all five positions on the o-line.

    Last season, he was given some practice snaps at center, and did not do well according to reports. His shotgun snaps were especially troublesome according to those reports. Does anyone know if he’s been working on improving as a center? If he has…great. If he hasn’t improved, then it’s a problem.

    If Linsley can long-snap, that could be huge as MM values versatility from his o-linemen.

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    • Stroh
      June 11, 2014

      I don’t see him being able to play all 5 positions. LG, RG and RT for sure, Center maybe, but he would be terrible at LT. He has a lot of versatility which is important for backup OL. Just his versatility makes him valuable enough for a roster spot even if he isn’t the most talented player.

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  12. Thegreatreynoldo
    June 12, 2014

    I think GB keeps 8 OL on the roster this year: Bak, Sitton, Tretter, Linsley, Lang, Barclay, and Sherrod if healthy. Issues arise only if Lane or an UDFA pushes hard and shines in preseason games. The 7 man active list on game days is another matter, but Barclay likely will be on it.

    I have high hopes for Tretter, but do not really understand why some are assuming he will play center at a reasonably high level. (Clearly, the starting center job is his to lose.) But he has not played. Yes, the coaching staff saw him in practice last year for the last several weeks and he seems to be doing well in OTAs, and that’s better than getting negative reports. But GB also watched McMillan for a whole year, and watched him play in actual NFL games, yet decided not to draft a safety, and he busted. I also note the TT broke tradition and drafted a true college center, not a conversion project, someone who could compete at center immediately. That could be hedging a bet, or Linsley could have been the BPA, or best o-lineman available. I do like the talent on the offensive line, and hope the guys develop in time for this year.

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  13. Big T
    June 12, 2014

    Word on the street is that TT misses Marshall Newhouse terrribly and is working on a huge trade to get him back.

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    • Stroh
      June 12, 2014

      Word on the street is BigT has an oral fixation regarding Thompson. He keeps opening it really wide whenever Thompson is mentioned.

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      • Big T
        June 12, 2014

        Stroh, you really need to work on your insults. That one doesn’t even make sense.

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      • Stroh
        June 12, 2014

        If you can’t figure that out your even more dense than give you credit for being.

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      • Big T
        June 13, 2014

        Give it up Stroh…

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      • Stroh
        June 14, 2014

        Only after the dense one does!

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