Packers: Predicting Week 1 starters at each position

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Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari
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Offensive line: David Bakhtiari, Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, Justin McCray, Byron Bell

Predicting the left side of the Packers’ offensive line is easy. The right side? Not so much.

Let’s start at left tackle. David Bakhtiari has been playing at an elite level for the past few seasons, and is arguably the best pass-protecting tackle in all of football. Twice an All-Pro and once a Pro Bowler over the past two years, Bakhtiari ensures the Packers have no concerns at the most important position on the offensive line.

Lane Taylor has been a fine replacement for Josh Sitton at left guard, and will continue as the starter at the position. Corey Linsley has also been a reliable starter at center, giving the Packers much-needed continuity at the position.

Justin McCray is the frontrunner to win the starting right guard job, which was held by Jahri Evans last year, and T.J. Lang before him. McCray will need to win the spot at training camp, but right now he’s the obvious choice.

Bryan Bulaga will start at right tackle if he’s healthy, but that’s a real doubt. Bulaga is still recovering from a torn ACL and could miss the start of the season. If he’s out, new signing Byron Bell would likely be the choice to start until Bulaga returns.