David Bakhtiari: Blue collar talent protects Aaron Rodgers‘ blind side
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When Bulaga went down in that practice scrimmage, the Packers didn’t hesitate … they moved Bakhtiari into the starting role immediately.
Much like the situation that occurred in 2014 when center J.C. Tretter went down, thus clearing the way for Corey Linsley to establish a name for himself, Bakhtiari did the same in his rookie year – 2013.
And because Bakhtiari did such a commendable job of protecting Aaron Rodgers‘ blind side as a rookie, he claimed the position.
When Bulaga came back healthy in 2014, there wasn’t any way he was going to be moved back to left tackle.
Instead, Bulaga went back to his former position on the right side and played all of 2014 at the position. By re-signing Bulaga last offseason, the Packers guaranteed that those two tackles will remain bookends for at least through this next season.
Over the past two seasons, Bakhtiari has been the immovable mover at the left tackle position. He’s played in all 32 games that he’s been available and has started all 32 of those games as well.
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