Green Bay Packers: Top 15 veterans who are 25 and under
4. Corey Linsley, C
Timing was everything for Linsley as he was immediately inserted into starting lineup as a rookie following an injury to J.C. Tretter, who was being groomed as the starting center at the time of his physical setback in 2014.
But the ex-Buckeye had more working for him than just luck; he used his considerable strength to move people off the ball and also did a great job of communicating with his linemates on adjustments and protection schemes.
His second year as a pro wasn’t quite as smooth as his first trip around the league when an ankle injury caused him to miss four games and played a role in him struggling against the bull rush.
His pressures against went up (17 versus nine in 2014) and he also gave up seven sacks against only two the year prior.
With a clean bill of health, Linsley should return to his rookie form given his technically-sound blocking versus the run and pass along with the explosiveness off the line he exhibited as a rookie.
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