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Packers trying out Ben Gottschalk, per report

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Green Bay kicks the tires on the former Chiefs and Buccaneers' offensive lineman.

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The Green Bay Packers continue to look for ways to improve their offensive line depth. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, interior swing lineman Ben Gottschalk tried out for the team Monday.

Gottschalk, 23, went undrafted in 2014 but wound up spending time on the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad. Earlier this offseason, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was released at the end of May to make room for place kicker Brandon Bogotay.

At 6'5", 293 pounds, Gottschalk can play multiple positions along the offensive line. He lined up at tackle and along the interior during his career at Southern Methodist, though he is considered just an interior blocker in the NFL.

Should the Packers sign Gottschalk, his main competition for a spot on the 53 will be Garth Gerhart and Lane Taylor, two interior linemen who spent time with the Packers over the last two seasons. Both weigh more than Gottschalk, but neither possesses his length.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.