Packers know where they stand up front – Green Bay Packers News

Packers know where they stand up front – Green Bay Packers News

This is the fourth in a series of stories that’s examining the Packers’ roster, position by position, leading up to training camp. The series continues with the offensive line.

GREEN BAY – The Packers know their starting five on the offensive line for 2017.

Then again, it was thought to be known last year at this time as well, and it changed at the final roster cutdown.

Barring another last-minute bombshell, though, the Packers are set with Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari at the tackle spots, free-agent signee Jahri Evans and Lane Taylor at the guards, and Corey Linsley at center.

Bakhtiari made his first Pro Bowl in 2016 after signing a big contract extension, and the fifth-year left tackle has accepted the additional leadership responsibilities that have come with the departures of Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang over the last 11 months.

That said, Bakhtiari has deferred to Bulaga as the true leader of the room, and Bakhtiari isn’t the only teammate to believe Bulaga is playing at a Pro Bowl level at right tackle as the former first-round pick enters his eighth season.

After 11 years with the Saints, which included five All-Pro selections and a Super Bowl title, Evans found exactly what he wanted in free agency – another chance to win and block for a future Hall of Fame quarterback. He immediately steps in at right guard for Lang, who returned to his home state to play for Detroit.

Taylor was the story of Week 1 last year upon Sitton’s release but became the biggest non-story of the season with his steady, reliable play at left guard. Consistency and dedication are two traits frequently discussed when…

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