The Green Bay Packers have had a number of injuries this season, particularly along the offensive line, where there has been a lot of movement throughout the year.
Despite that move and the injuries, Green Bay’s offensive line has held up well. According to ESPN, the Packers offensive line ranks fourth in run block win rate and sixth in pass block win rate. For the most part, Aaron Rodgers bagged all the time he needed, and while the running game wasn’t dominant, it was effective enough.
Now that the Green Bay Packers are getting better with the return of David Bakhtiari and Josh Myers down the offensive line in Week 18, not to mention that Billy Turner is back in training, as Matt LaFleur put it, there will be ” a lot of tough decisions” when it comes to who starts where.
Below, I’ll address those decisions and provide a best guess as to what the Green Bay Packers will choose to do. When it comes to the offensive line, we know two things — one is that LaFleur wants the best five on the field, and two that he’s not afraid to think outside the box.
Green Bay Packers OL decision #1: Lucas Patrick or Josh Myers in center
Comparing Josh Myers to Lucas Patrick, there are two things that stand out that Myers has a much higher ceiling, but Patrick has a lot more experience.
Patrick has 2,641 career snaps, including nearly 1,000 of them at center, most of which have come this season. According to PFF ($$), Patrick hasn’t allowed a sack this season; He’s given up just 17 total presses and ranks third among centers in ESPN’s run-block win rate metric. Patrick has also shown some of his best football matches over the past month.
Myers has shown promise in his limited playing time and has held up well, not allowing sacks and back eights, but that’s the thing, his playing time is very limited. As a rookie who missed much of the season, Myers only has about 4.5 games of experience, or 293 total snaps.
While young offensive players like Jon Runyan and Royce Newman got through some of their growing pains during the regular season, for Myers all ups and downs will come in the playoffs, where mistakes are usually magnified.
However, as I mentioned, LaFleur remains loyal to the game, which he believes are his top five offensive players, and I believe that includes Myers.
Verdict: Josh Myers will start in the middle