Packers offensive line still one of the league’s best in 2020

Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

The Packers’ offensive line is still among the best in the NFL entering the 2020 season.

Over the past half a decade or so, the Green Bay Packers have benefited from having one of the best pass-protecting offensive lines in all of football.

The Packers did lose one key piece to the line, longtime right tackle Bryan Bulaga, this offseason. He has been replaced by free-agent pickup Rick Wagner, who joins from the Detroit Lions.

With Wagner starting, Green Bay’s offensive line should still be one of the best.

PFF ranks Packers offensive line fourth in NFL

Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus has ranked each NFL offensive line ahead of the 2020 season, with the Packers in fourth position.

And it’s no surprise. Four-time All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari is the best at his position in the league, particularly when it comes to pass protection.

Green Bay had two offensive linemen rank first at their respective positions in ESPN’s pass block win rate metric last season — Bakhtiari first among tackles and Corey Linsley first among centers. Rookie Elgton Jenkins was in the top 10 among guards.

As a team, the Packers’ offensive line ranked first in the NFL for pass block win rate.

The three players mentioned above give Green Bay a rock-solid line from left tackle to center. There are more concerns on the right side of the line. Billy Turner was inconsistent in his first season and he’ll have to compete for a starting job with the team’s former starter at left guard, Lane Taylor.

Wagner is an experienced right tackle who can do a solid job. As long as he’s healthy, Green Bay can expect Wagner to be a decent starter replacing Bulaga.

It’s no surprise to see the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line near the top of PFF’s rankings.