The Green Bay Packers threw away victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. Despite that, there are more positives than negatives for this young team after the opening two games of the season.
Jordan Love looks great, several rookies have stepped up, including receivers Jayden Reed and Dontayvion Wicks, and the Packers have played well for seven out of eight quarters.
Overall, the offseason can be viewed as a success. Green Bay landed an excellent deal for Aaron Rodgers, and the draft class has made a fast start. However, two weeks into the regular season, these decisions already look like a disaster.
3. Packers' failure to improve interior offensive line depth
Despite picking 13 times in April's draft, the Packers didn't add one offensive lineman. It was completely out of character, as Green Bay had drafted at least one lineman in its previous seven draft classes. Many years, the Packers drafted multiple.
Green Bay has solid tackle depth: Yosh Nijman and Rasheed Walker provide backup behind starters David Bakhtiari and Zach Tom. However, it felt like they were an injury away from potential disaster at the interior positions.
And that disaster may now become a reality. Pro Bowl left guard Elgton Jenkins suffered a sprained MCL in Week 2. While it's not a season-ending injury, the Packers could miss Jenkins for several weeks.
That leaves either Royce Newman or Sean Rhyan to step into a starting position. Newman was the next man up against the Falcons. He held up well in pass protection but, like the rest of the line, struggled to run block. Newman didn't play well during the summer and had four penalties in the preseason. Matt LaFleur's lack of commitment to Newman this week says it all.
The Packers could move Zach Tom inside, but that means moving him from right tackle, where he has performed so well. Not adding more competition at guard and center in the draft may hurt the Packers this season.