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Cheese Curds, 1/18: Packers’ right guard job should be up for grabs in 2018

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Expect an open competition for at least one starting job on the offensive line.

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The left side of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line is as solid as it gets. Between two-time second-team All-Pro David Bakhtiari and steady, consistent players in Lane Taylor and Corey Linsley, the Packers can feel confident in that side of the unit.

On the right side, however, there will be some significant questions, and at least one job will likely be decided in training camp this August. While Bryan Bulaga tries to rehab a torn ACL to return as the starter at right tackle, right guard has more questions than any other spot on the line.

Can Justin McCray take a big step forward from being a do-it-all backup to a consistent starter? Is third-year guard Lucas Patrick ready for a starting role? Has Kofi Amichia’s season on the practice squad prepared him for NFL action? Will the Packers try to bring Jahri Evans back for one more go? Or will something unexpected happen, like the team drafting an interior lineman who is ready to play on day one?

All of those questions will need answers, and we will only find out how a few of them play out by the time camp begins in late July. For now, it’s up to GM Brian Gutekunst to put the options together for head coach Mike McCarthy to work with once practices begin.

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