As the regular season looms, the injuries have begun to pile up for the Green Bay Packers Packers once again.
This year includes their starting center, J.C. Tretter. Fortunately for Tretter, the injury is not season-ending and he should be able to return to the field a few games before the Packers’ bye week. In his absence, the Packers will have to turn to unproven rookie Corey Linsley.
The Packers have stayed optimistic in the midst of Tretter’s injury. “He could play and they wouldn’t miss a beat”; a quote from personnel on the Packers team about Linsley. It has definitely shown as Linsley has performed well in his first three preseason contests. Which comes to question, is Linsley as unproven as many think?
Tackle David Bahktiari was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as saying …
“Do I expect a drop off? No, but I’ve still got to see, though. I have complete and utter confidence in him. He’s a mauler. I’m impressed with what he can do.”
Linsley was selected in this year’s draft in the fifth round (161st overall). While at Ohio State, Linsley was a team captain and helped anchor a line that provided one of the top rushing offenses in the Big Ten conference.
On the field, Linsley is a smart player who dominates on run plays, being able to latch onto defenders and generate movement in the line, as well as work with his hands to be an incredible mauler.
In the Oakland game, Linsley did a solid job protecting Matt Flynn, putting multiple pass rushers on the ground with his brute strength. There were a few questionable blocks as well, including one where Linsley was pushed back significantly and forced DuJuan Harris to bounce outside for a gain of only a couple yards.
We’ll see more of Linsley on Thursday Night when the Packers host their final preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Linsley will be playing first string in the game as well as in practices this week.
For all the Packers fans who are questioning whether or not Linsley can perform at the next level, stop questioning. The former Buckeye has performed exceptionally well in the preseason and if he puts up another solid performance next week I don’t think there is going to be many worries heading into the Seattle game.