The Green Bay Packers of the past decade have a nice history of rookies starting on the offensive line. Bryan Bulaga came in at right tackle when Mark Tauscher went down in 2010. David Bakhtiari took the left tackle job in 2013 when Bulaga tore his ACL. And Corey Linsley didn’t miss a beat in 2014, grabbing the center job when JC Tretter was injured.
This year, Elgton Jenkins is that guy. The second-round draft pick has done almost everything right since taking over at left guard for Lane Taylor, and the Packers have seemingly locked in most of their line for the next few years.
As this week rolls along, however, the Packers’ players are largely out of town. The bye week brings different plans for different people, as players and coaches get some well-deserved time off. This also comes at a great time — the team can nurse some minor injuries across the roster, while also getting extra rest before one of their biggest games of the 2019 season.
Check out these items and more in today’s curds.
Elgton Jenkins proving to be quick study on Packers’ O-line | Packers.com
Three of the five current starters on the Packers' offensive line started at least ten games in their rookie years in Green Bay, and Jenkins should be the fourth. He has been more consistent as a run-blocker than Lane Taylor and his bad plays can be counted on one hand.
Green Bay Packers have ‘a lot to improve upon’ during bye week before San Francisco showdown | Packersnews.com
As expected, the Packers took this week off after meeting with the media on Monday, as Matt LaFleur gave his team a full seven days to recharge before arguably their biggest game of the year. Some players are heading home for the week, wherever that is, while others -- like Davante Adams -- are sticking around Green Bay.
Packers bye week: The road to home-field advantage, Aaron Jones’ MVP case and much more – The Athletic
Here are a handful of nuggets on various topics, including MVS' disappearance -- which is largely due to injury -- and Rashan Gary's development, particularly why Packers fans shouldn't be disappointed in what he has shown so far.
Jaire Alexander, Kevin King lead NFL CB tandems in pass breakups, dropped INTs | Packers Wire
Combined, Alexander and King have 22 pass breakups, while individually they both rank in the top six players in the NFL in that category. However, Alexander has dropped three picks and King two, suggesting that they could be even better this year than what they have showed.
NFL MVP stock watch - A three-way QB race, starting with Russell Wilson | ESPN
Wilson, Lamar Jackson, and Deshaun Watson are the three names at the top of the list, with a big gap back to #4 Christian McCaffrey. But lurking in the shadows is Aaron Rodgers at #5, and a few big games from him could vault him back into serious consideration for the top spot.
WWI world news treasure hunters salvaged liquor from a 102-year-old shipwreck | 9News
This team pulled up almost 1,000 bottles of booze from the shipwreck, including 600 bottles of cognac. Is it drinkable? They don't know yet, as they're trying to assess value before opening anything.