For most of the last decade, the Packers’ offensive line has been characterized by big personalities. From T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton to David Bakhtiari to Billy Turner, it’s fair to say the group has had more than its share of colorful characters of all types.
Coming in as a rookie, it would have been understandable if Elgton Jenkins was a bit overwhelmed by such an environment. But he says the Packers’ colorful offensive line group actually eased his transition into the NFL.
“I feel like I fit in well,” he told reporters via web conference on Monday. “We’ve got different personalities around the room, everybody brings their own swagger. Just knowing your position in the room, I think we all fit in well together.”
Jenkins leveraged his spot in the room into a very successful rookie season, taking over for Lane Taylor at left guard when the veteran was lost for the year with a biceps injury. After reworking his contract this offseason, Taylor is now in the mix at right guard, competing for reps with Billy Turner while also serving as a mentor for the Packers’ second-year guard — and Jenkins is soaking everything up.
“It’s just up to me to listen and take heed of what he says,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins is hoping to parlay Taylor’s advice into big things, aiming for All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition this year and beyond. The biggest factor in achieving those goals? Jenkins says it’s taking care of his body.
“Hot tub, cold tub, getting in the training room when things don’t feel right. Just checking in with the trainers.”
On the field, Jenkins is looking forward to a second year in head coach Matt LaFleur’s system. He thinks the second year will be much smoother for the team as a whole.
“I feel like we’re gonna be way better. Just being our second year in the offense, being able to work on our technique, and being able to get to our aiming points.”