When the Green Bay Packers drafted Elgton Jenkins in the second round in April, it was widely assumed he was going to be a guard but the fact Jenkins played center his final two years in college had some (like me) wondering if he could also be the new backup center.
Well, the answer has been clearly revealed and Jenkins is going to be a guard for the Packers and Lucas Patrick will likely be the team’s backup center.
The move makes sense in that Jenkins has fewer assignments to learn and will allow him to more easily adjust to the speed of NFL defensive linemen without having to survey the entire field.
This means Lane Taylor could have to fight for his starting job thanks to the team also adding Billy Turner in free agency in addition to selecting Jenkins early in the draft.
Taylor is signed through next year but could find himself supplanted by Jenkins should he struggle to learn Matt LaFleur’s offense. Regardless, more depth along the offensive line is never a bad thing and the Packers are much deeper now than they were a year ago.
Packers notes: Rookie lineman Elgton Jenkins staying focused at guard—PackersNews.com
LaFleur said Jenkins may dabble at center at some point, but right now the team views him strictly as a guard. Interestingly, Cole Madison did get some work at center during OTAs with Corey Linsley out so it will be interesting to see how this plays out in training camp. For more on the offensive line shuffling, check out the latest Locked on Packers podcast hosted by our own Peter Bukowski here.
Aaron Jones shaping up for big year after dropping junk food—Packers.com
Aaron Jones showed up to OTAs leaner and meaner and perhaps down a sweet tooth. Cutting out sweets cut his body fat nearly in half, which is a good thing if he’s going to be the featured back this season.
Packers counting on development from second-year receivers—Packers Wire
The Packers didn’t add a veteran wide receiver in free agency, which means the team must be high on their second-year receivers. Equamineous St. Brown, J’Mon Moore and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be called upon to step up with Randall Cobb gone and Geronimo Allison returning from injury.
Packers’ Rashan Gary shows off versatility (and speed, size, athleticism)—ESPN
Sacks, schmacks. Gary turned heads during the open OTA practices and it’s easy to see why coaches are so high on him despite an unimpressive stat line from college.
Duvets discarded, cushions thrown at Japan’s Pillow Fighting Championship—Reuters
Pillows may be soft, but they can hurt if swung hard enough. Hopefully the King was protected on a King mattress. I Serta would have enjoyed this.