Packers: Major concern for offensive line ahead of 49ers test

Green Bay Packers, Elgton Jenkins - Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Elgton Jenkins - Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

All things considered, the Green Bay Packers‘ offensive line has held up well without star left tackle David Bakhtiari and with two rookies starting.

Elgton Jenkins has made the transition to left tackle look easy, while center Josh Myers is Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded rookie offensive linemen after two weeks.

However, with their biggest test yet coming this Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers, there is a concern for the Packers along the offensive line.

Jenkins, the Packers’ most important lineman who is starting at left tackle in place on injured Bakhtiari, is dealing with an ankle injury. Head coach Matt LaFleur said he’ll be given the entire week to determine whether he’ll be able to play.

Of course, that’s concerning.

The Packers had the league’s number one offensive line last season, but if Jenkins misses this game, they’ll be without the three best players along the line from 2020.

Bakhtiari is on the PUP list. All-Pro center Corey Linsley departed in free agency. Without Jenkins, there would be some questions along the line.

Up next is a huge test for the Packers’ offensive line when they visit the 49ers, whose defensive line is up there with the best in the league.

Pro Bowl pass rusher Nick Bosa has made a quick start in his return from injury, making three sacks, four QB hits, and seven pressures in two games, according to Pro Football Reference.

Along with Arik Armstead and Dee Ford, San Francisco has an excellent pass rush and one that will ask questions of Green Bay’s offensive line throughout the game.

Without Jenkins, the Packers could turn to veteran tackle Dennis Kelly. Kelly did start all 16 games for the Tennessee Titans last season, but it will be hard to match Jenkins’ dominant start to the 2021 season.

Hopefully Jenkins’ injury isn’t serious and he’ll be close to 100 percent for Sunday night. Without him, it could be a tough night for the offensive line.