The Packers’ depth along the offensive line was seriously challenged in 2015, and JC Tretter was the only backup to step up and play well.
When Corey Linsley went down with an ankle injury, Tretter filled in excellently with some Packers fans even calling for him to earn the starting job. Let’s not forget Tretter was set to start at center in 2014, but an injury in preseason forced Linsley to fill in, and he never looked back.
Later in the year, David Bakhtiari got hurt. Don Barclay was pushed aside when filling in, and the Packers even tried Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton at left tackle before finally giving Tretter a chance in the wild-card round at Washington. Again, Tretter put in a solid performance and protected Aaron Rodgers’ blindside.
Tretter may not be a starter along the line, but he has the talent to play just about anywhere. When injuries strike, which they so often do on the offensive line, it’s crucial to have a guy like Tretter ready to step up and perform.
Tretter is set to hit free agency after the 2016 season. Age is on his side, and the Packers will want to ensure he stays in Green Bay.
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