Packers: Who will be starting at right tackle in 2022 season?

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This is one of the biggest questions facing the Green Bay Packers. Who is going to start for them at right tackle in 2022?

The team released veteran right tackle Billy Turner earlier this offseason. All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari is trying to get back to 100% before he takes the playing field again. Pro Bowl offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins won’t be ready until at least mid-season while he recovers from his own ACL tear.

The Packers have versatile options in Jon Runyan Jr., Royce Newman, rookie Zach Tom, and rookie Sean Rhyan. However, the best option for the right tackle spot could be a player that started eight games last season.

His name is Yosh Nijman.

Nijman should have the inside track at starting at right tackle for the Packers because of his experience going through a gauntlet last season.

The former Virginia Tech starter played in all 17 games in 2021 and again, he started in eight of them. He went up against the likes of Cam Jordan, T.J. Watt, Robert Quinn, Chandler Jones, and Myles Garrett. Those could very well be the five best edge-rushers in the NFL depending on who you ask.

The soon-to-be three-year veteran has been active for 33 regular season games and all three postseason contests in his career.

Nijman’s experience, albeit brief, is still impressive considering how well he played last season while protecting his Hall-of-Fame quarterback.

The 6-7, 315-pound tackle has a very tall frame. His footwork and power is impressive because those two tools allow him to hold his own on the edge.

This fall, the Packers will face the likes of Robert Quinn (twice), Danielle Hunter (twice), Za’Darius Smith (twice), Von Miller, Micah Parsons, Chase Young, and Leonard Floyd.

They will definitely want their best player available playing right tackle. With Bakhtiari at left tackle, Nijman is their best option for the right tackle position.