Packers News: Team Adds Veteran Lineman Reggie Wells All Green Bay Packers All the Time
Packers OL Reggie Wells
Packers OL Reggie Wells

After being forced to insert Herb Taylor as the starting left tackle in Marshall Newhouse’s absence, the Packers added some veteran depth to their offensive line by signing nine-year veteran Reggie Wells on Wednesday night.

After spending most of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, Wells had a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, and played with the Carolina Panthers last season. Wells has experience at both tackle positions, but his primary position is left guard, where he’s started 79 of his 91 career starts.

The depth on the offensive line has been tested this week after Newhouse left last weekend’s Family Night scrimmage with a concussion. Trying to fill Newhouse’s shoes protecting Aaron Rodgers’s blindside, the Packers have been forced to employ Taylor with the starters.

It’s too early to tell if the Packers are comfortable with Wells playing left tackle, or if they view him as more of an interior lineman, but we’ll soon find out once he joins the team on the practice field. At the very least, Wells adds some stability to the depth of the offensive line which had been lacking veteran experience.

Wells will wear No. 68 with the Packers.

The Packers also claimed wide receiver Andy Brewer off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, and to clear room for the two additions, the team placed undrafted rookie Jaymes Brooks on the reserve/PUP list and placed fellow undrafted rookie Mike McCabe on injured reserve.


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6 thoughts on “Packers News: Team Adds Veteran Lineman Reggie Wells

  1. Interesting that they add a guard. that probably means TJ Lang would move to tackle if Newhouse or Bulaga have to miss any reg season games (rather than trust Taylor or Datko). I think Sherrod is staying on PUP

    1. I’m afraid you’re right Al. As much as I’d like to see Lang stay where he is, I have no faith in Newhouses’ albility to handle a speed rusher. That screwup by Taylor last night should give all fans a reason to accept the need to switch a few positions around. At least temporarily.

  2. Sensible move depth was badly needed. Takes a bit of the pressure off Sherrod to get healthy. I presume the Packers would have preferred a tackle rather than potentially shift Lang around but have gone for the best lineman readily available regardless of position ?

  3. I love the fact that they see the need at left tackle, but why buy a gaurd? Musical chairs on the O line is not a good idea, we don’t need to win pies, we need to win games……….

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