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Cheese Curds, 5/5: Packers added depth & athleticism to interior offensive line

Green Bay’s moves over the past week-plus show a commitment to improving the inside positions on the line.

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When former Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang left for the Detroit Lions a few weeks ago in free agency, a panic rose up among those who follow the Green and Gold. That is understandable, as it is always concerning to lose a Pro Bowler, and especially so when he leaves for a divisional rival.

For weeks, it appeared that the Packers were making no significant efforts to address the interior of the offensive line, which had Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, and Don Barclay penciled in as starters. Then, in a four-day span, the Packers signed veteran Jahri Evans, drafted the most athletic guard in this year’s class, and added several rookie free agents to begin competing for roster spots.

Add in the competition level for depth provided by Barclay (who will likely return to a backup role with Evans’ arrival) plus the tandem of Kyle Murphy and Lucas Patrick and you have a group of interior linemen that suddenly looks quite a bit better than it did ten days ago.

In today’s curds, we examine the line and some of the recent additions that should give Packers fans some more confidence in that unit’s ability to hold up this season and into the future.

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