The Green Bay Packers’ backup offensive line was a sore spot throughout the 2017 preseason, as the team tried many players on the interior with little success. Don Barclay’s ankle injury depleted the depth early, as the team was forced to rely almost exclusively on rookies.
As a result, it seems logical that the Packers would look for help on the interior of the line as roster cuts approach, either via trade or by claiming a player cut by another team. The first confirmation that we have of this comes from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, who reports Saturday morning that the Packers are “looking for help” at guard.
What players are available is a legitimate question. One player who might intrigue the Packers is former Cleveland Browns guard John Greco. The 32-year-old Greco has been a starter for Cleveland for the past five seasons, playing both guard positions and center. As a backup, Greco could provide that critical versatility to back up starters Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, and Jahri Evans at all three positions. He seems the most logical target of the Packers’ for the time being — and because he is a vested veteran, he is not subject to waivers.
Of course, plenty of other linemen will become available later today as teams make their cuts to reach 53-man rosters by 4 PM Eastern. Stay tuned today and tomorrow to see who, if anyone, the Packers acquire.