Packers 53-man roster predictions 2022: Offensive guard

Green Bay Packers, Royce Newman (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Royce Newman (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

Guard is going to be an intriguing offensive position for the Green Bay Packers this season, especially at training camp.

This is due to the ACL injury of Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins. With the way head coach Matt LaFleur and the Packers’ medical staff runs things, Jenkins probably won’t be ready until mid-season.

Green Bay will have to manage without him for now. So, which offensive guards will make the final 53-man roster to help provide depth and protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers?

Packers 53-man roster predictions: Guards

Elgton Jenkins: This is obvious. Jenkins was the third offensive lineman in team history to be voted to the Pro Bowl within his first two seasons. He is arguably the most versatile lineman in the entire league. He can play all five positions up front, flawlessly. Once the Packers get him back from his ACL tear, their offensive line will move to a whole new stratosphere.

Sean Rhyan: The rookie from UCLA is all about versatility too. He actually predominantly played left tackle in college. He played all 12 games last year at left tackle for the Bruins. He was named an All-Pac-12 performer. Rhyan is stands at 6-5 and weighs 321 pounds. His size and build is going to be a huge weapon for a deep offensive line.

Jon Runyan Jr.: Runyan has played a key role on the offensive line each of the past two seasons. He was the only Green Bay rookie to appear in every game in 2020, and he also started in 16 of 17 games in 2021. Like his father, Jon Runyan Jr. has the ability and potential to play a very long time. Runyan is going to play an even bigger role without Jenkins for the first half of the season.

Royce Newman: Newman is another tall, versatile big man. He stands at 6-5 and weighs 310 pounds. He started in 16 of 17 games as a rookie in 2021. If need be, he has shown the ability to play both guard and tackle in his young career. The former Ole’ Miss star is a key piece of the future moving forward.

Zach Tom: The former Wake Forest star is yet another versatile piece that GM Brian Gutekunst selected in April’s NFL Draft. He played all five positions along the offensive line and could be a great replacement for former G Lucas Patrick, who signed with the rival Chicago Bears in the offseason.