Corey Linsley was the one constant during a season of inconsistency for the Green Bay Packers offensive line.
When you think of who the Green Bay Packers drafted in 2014, names like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Davante Adams come to mind.
In the fifth round of that same draft, however, the Packers selected Corey Linsley, who has made as much of an impact in that stacked draft.
Along with left tackle David Bakhtiari, Linsley has been one of the most consistent linemen for the Packers since his debut in 2014. He started his career by replacing an injured JC Tretter before the season opener. Since then, he has been a very reliable starter.
Season in review
In a season full of inconsistency and injuries, Linsley was the only player on offense to start all 16 games.
Ten offensive linemen played at least one snap for the Packers during 2017, per Pro Football Reference. That inconsistency is hard for any team to adjust to, especially when you start a young quarterback.
For Brett Hundley, not knowing which linemen will be protecting you game in and game out was a tough challenge for sure. The center is the most important communicator for the quarterback on the offensive line. Having that exchange be as smooth as possible is vital for success.
Looking ahead to 2018 season
Linsley recently signed to a three-year extension to stay with the Packers. He will suit up for the green and gold through the 2020 season.
Hopefully he continues to stay healthy. The Packers have faced a lot of injuries on the offensive line in recent years. Everything should return to normal for 2018. A healthy offensive line means a lot of success for the entire offense.
Keeping everything consistent will be huge though, especially when the Packers look for their 14th championship next season.