1. The competition on the right side of the offensive line is underway
As expected, there will be competition for starting spots on the right side of the offensive line. Entering training camp, both the right guard and right tackle spots are available.
According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, the Packers started practice with Lane Taylor at right guard and Billy Turner at right tackle. Turner then shifted back to right guard, where he started all 16 games last season, with Rick Wagner playing at right tackle.
This tells us a few things. First of all, Wagner isn’t guaranteed to be a Week 1 starter despite being signed in free agency. He’ll need to win the training camp battle or he could end up being a backup at the start of the season. Another is that Matt LaFleur wants to see Turner at right tackle. Finally, Taylor is very much in the mix for a starting job, even though his old job at left guard now belongs to second-year Elgton Jenkins.
There was a lot of talk about potential competition on the right side of the offensive line. After one day of practice, it appears to be wide open. And that’s a good thing. Everyone will need to step up and perform well at practice to have a chance of securing a starting job.