The Packers’ offensive line still projects as one of the NFL’s best when it comes to pass protection in 2020, but they won’t be helped by losing longtime right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Green Bay made the decision not to re-sign Bulaga before he signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, which was evident by signing former Detroit Lions tackle Rick Wagner.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bulaga allowed fewer than two pressures in nine different games last season. His consistency over the years will be difficult to replace. The Packers could trust Bulaga on an island and he dominated against many great pass rushers over the years.
If Wagner can get back to his best, the Packers’ offensive line will still be strong, particularly in pass protection. But there are some serious questions on the right side of the line now that Bulaga has gone. This team is in win-now mode and trying to get another championship with Aaron Rodgers still playing. Giving Rodgers the best pass protection possible always needs to be near the top of the list of priorities. That’s why re-signing Bulaga would’ve been a smart move.
The Packers’ offensive line can still be very good, but they’ll miss Bulaga at right tackle.