Packers 2021 roster preview: Elgton Jenkins at tackle?

Green Bay Packers, Elgton Jenkins, David BakhtiariPackers16 63 Hoffman
Green Bay Packers, Elgton Jenkins, David BakhtiariPackers16 63 Hoffman /

Elgton Jenkins has quickly shown why he’s one of the most talented and versatile offensive linemen in the NFL. Entering his third season with the Green Bay Packers, it’s now a question of where he’ll line up.

Last year, Jenkins spent most of his time at guard, where he was named a Pro Bowler, but he also played some center and tackle.

What’s most impressive is how he’s able to transition from each position and continue to play at such a high level.

But where will he line up in Week 1?

2020 review

Where do we start with Jenkins? He’s just so talented.

Whether lined up at any of the five positions from left tackle to right tackle along the line, Jenkins is dominant. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s played on 1,304 pass-blocking snaps in his first two seasons in the league, in which he’s given up just one sack.

Now bear in mind that he’s had to move positions regularly while also playing next to different players with the line often reshuffled due to injury.

Playing in all five positions during the 2020 season, Jenkins continued to dominate and deservedly made his first Pro Bowl.

Will he make the roster?

Yes. Jenkins is quickly becoming one of the most important players on offense for the Packers.

What to expect in 2021

There’s no reason to believe Jenkins won’t be dominant once again. It’s scary to think it’s only his third season. He’s played like a veteran Pro Bowler since his first game.

It’s just a question of where he’ll be playing. If David Bakhtiari misses any time, will Jenkins slide over to cover at left tackle? That would allow second-year Jon Runyan Jr. to take over at left guard opposite right guard Lucas Patrick, with rookie Josh Myers starting at center.

But what if Myers isn’t ready? Could Jenkins start at center? Maybe the Packers will keep Jenkins in his top position of left guard.

Any of these scenarios could happen. The Packers are incredibly lucky to have such a talented player who can line up in different positions.