It’s only May, but early practices during the Green Bay Packers‘ organized team activities could give us a glimpse into how the team will address David Bakhtiari’s injury should he miss the start of the regular season.
Bakhtiari, a five-time All-Pro and star left tackle, tore his ACL at the end of 2020, leaving his status for the start of the season in doubt.
Head coach Matt LaFleur still has plenty of time to figure out who will be his starting five in Week 1. Four months is a long time and there’s still the possibility Bakhtiari is healthy by then.
But for the time being, it seems like Elgton Jenkins will have every opportunity to start at left tackle in Bakhtiari’s absence.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the offensive line featured Jenkins at left tackle during Tuesday’s practice. Second-year Jon Runyan Jr. filled in at Jenkins’ usual left guard position, with rookie center Josh Myers the choice in the middle. The right guard-right tackle pairing of Lucas Patrick and Billy Turner remained the same.
Again, it’s still very early, but if Bakhtiari is out at the start of the year, this five would make a lot of sense.
Runyan has shown he’s capable of stepping in at either guard spot and he’s talented enough to compete for a starting spot. Myers is an obvious replacement for Corey Linsley after being drafted in the second round last month.
Jenkins was a Pro Bowler last season. While he played mostly at guard, Jenkins also spent time at center and the two tackle positions. It can’t be understated how valuable he is to the Packers’ offense. If Bakhtiari is out, why not put your best offensive lineman out at left tackle?
Let’s hope Bakhtiari is ready for Week 1. If not, Jenkins would be a good choice to fill in.