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Cheese Curds, 6/11: Corey Linsley held Packers’ makeshift O-line together in 2017

The Packers had one constant on the offensive line last year, as Linsley was the rock in the middle for a unit that had myriad injuries.

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The Green Bay Packers had just one player on the field for every snap (on either offense or defense) during the 2017 season, and it came at one of the most critical positions on the field. A year after splitting time with JC Tretter due to alternating injuries, Corey Linsley didn’t miss a play, which was surely a relief for a Packers team that had no proven backup solutions behind him.

When the team started a multitude of players at tackle due to injuries to David Bakhtiari early in the season and Bryan Bulaga throughout the year, the pass protection on the edge struggled. At times, starting guards kicked out to tackle to get the five best linemen on the field; a lifelong interior lineman, Justin McCray, had to start multiple games at right tackle while left guard Lane Taylor filled in at left tackle.

Between it all, however, was Linsley, who delivered every offensive snap of the year to Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley (and yes, a couple of snaps to Joe Callahan as well). In a league where availability is one of the most critical assets a player can have, Linsley showed that he is entirely capable of being the man in the middle, and he earned a big new contract for his efforts. Now, with that big deal signed and his bonus check cashed, it’s time to focus on continuing to improve and get himself squarely in the Pro Bowl and All-Pro discussion.

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