3 takeaways from Packers’ dominant win vs. Vikings in Week 1

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Lane Taylor
Green Bay Packers, Lane Taylor (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

3. Offensive line injuries a concern

There were questions for the right side of the Packers’ offensive line all summer long. The situation is an even bigger concern after the opening game.

The Packers were already without Billy Turner in this game due to a knee injury. The fact they moved Elgton Jenkins to right tackle instead of going with Rick Wagner perhaps showed the team’s lack of confidence in their free-agent signing. As it happened, Wagner would soon need to enter the game due to more injury concerns.

Both guards, Lane Taylor and Lucas Patrick, left the game with injuries. Taylor was carted off and quickly ruled out with a knee injury, which is never a good sign. Patrick left the game with a shoulder injury. Jenkins moved back to left guard and Wagner filled in at right tackle.

Depth becomes a real concern now for the Packers. Perhaps it’s time to give Jared Veldheer a call.

We can’t fault the offensive line for their performance on Sunday, especially given the reshuffling they had to do with the injuries. Rodgers had all the time in the world in the pocket and wasn’t sacked all game long, while the Packers also rushed for 158 yards.

However, moving forward, there are serious questions about the depth along the offensive line. Hopefully, Taylor and Patrick can return soon. If not, the Packers may need to make some roster moves.