Here's a look at the Packers offense at the beginning of OTA's! https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/fan/image?url=https://lombardiave.com/wp-content/uploads/getty-images/2017/07/1030118726.jpeg&w=3200 Green Bay Packers offensive starting lineup at OTAs ByBRIAN JONES May 21, 2:42 PM
The Green Bay Packers still have a long way to go when it comes to getting ready for the 2019 season. But fans and media members got a glimpse what the Packers offense will look like this fall when the team held their first open OTA practice of the year. The only real change on offense is the coaches as new head coach Matt LaFleur and new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett are leading the new scheme. However, it looks like there will be one new starter alongside the offensive line.
Here's a look at the Packers offensive starting lineup during OTAs according to multiple reports:
QB Aaron Rodgers RB Aaron Jones FB Danny Vitale WR Geronimo Allison WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling TE Jimmy Graham LT David Bakhtiari LG Lane Taylor C Corey Linsley RG Billy Turner RT Bryan Bulaga Davante Adams isn't listed because the Packers held him out of practice for precautionary reasons. So that gave the younger receivers on the roster an opportunity for more reps which is not a bad thing. The only other difference in the starting lineup is Turner starting at right guard which is not a surprise considering the contract he signed back in March (four years, $28 million).
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Turner is a slight upgrade from Bell and Justin McCray, but it's likely he's not the longtime answer at the position. The veteran offensive lineman was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round back in 2014 and was there for three seasons. He has started in 25 career games and 12 of those starts came with the Dolphins in 2015 and 11 came last year for the Denver Broncos, where he allowed 3.5 sacks and was penalized twice (both for holding), according to STATS. He finished the 2018 season with a Pro Football Focus grade of 62.8 which ranked 33rd among all offensive guards.
Before Turner was drafted Lance Zierlein of NFL.com projected Turner to be a sixth or seventh round pick. Here's a look at what Zierlein had to say about Turner.
"Big-framed, raw, aggressive FCS standout who flashes a nice combination of foot quickness, punch strength and nastiness to warrant consideration as a project. Has a bit of a bull-in-a-china-shop element at this stage of his career, but has moldable tools and could develop into a swing backup."
Another thing to note about the offense is there will likely be an effort to run the ball more which is why they are keeping Vitale. And while the Packers drafted running back Dexter Williams in the sixth round this year and they have big plans for Jamaal Williams, Jones is going to be the feature back for the team this fall. In 2018, Jones finished the year with 728 yards on 133 attempts with eight touchdowns in 12 games. It was a history-making year for Jones as finished the season with an average of 5.5 rushing yards per carry which ranked first in the NFL.