3. Add depth to the offensive line
There’s no denying the Packers have one of the league’s top offensive lines when healthy, but the lack of depth was exposed in 2015. With all five linemen featuring regularly on the injury report, a lack of adequate cover at the tackle spots almost got Aaron Rodgers killed. It’s fortunate he didn’t suffer a serious injury after some of the hits he took.
When the protection breaks down as it did in multiple games (Denver and Arizona in particular), Rodgers’ timing is thrown off which causes a lack of rhythm on offense with many inaccurate throws. Rodgers was forced to spend more time worrying about a collapsing pocket than setting his feet and picking out his targets.
Not only do the Packers need depth along the line, they need to have a watchful eye on the daunting list of free agents in 2017. Among them are starting guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton, left tackle David Bakhtiari and backup JC Tretter. It’s unlikely the Packers can bring all four back, so ensuring there are players ready to step up after this season is crucial.
Tretter was the perfect backup when injuries hit. The Packers need more JC Tretters.
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