When word got out late last week that not only was Elgton Jenkins out against the San Francisco 49ers but it would be Yosh Nijman getting the start at left tackle, fan concern over the game went through the roof.
Not only did Nijman only have 16 regular season snaps to his credit but he would now have to protect Aaron Rodgers’ blindside from Nick Bosa and the 49ers’ defensive line. It was a tall order and not many expected him to hold up well over a full game.
As many of us should have known by now, we really should trust Adam Stenavich’s coaching. After he was called for a face mask penalty on the opening drive, Nijman settled down and held Bosa to zero pressures, one quarterback hit, and four tackles. It was a great performance considering much worse was expected.
This gives Nijman something to build off of and his continued development further deepens an already deep and versatile offensive line room when it is fully healthy. It also showed carryover from a strong preseason by a young player who now just becomes one more ace in a deck full of them for Stenavich and head coach Matt LaFleur
Fans may have been uneasy with the prospect of Yosh Nijman starting at left tackle against Bosa, but the coaching staff trusted him and that faith was rewarded with a strong performance.
Zero pressures against Nick Bosa deserves a round of applause and though the Packers gave him help with chip blocks via tight ends and running backs, that’s not an insult to Nijman. That defensive front is just that good.
Anyone else still very angry at the uncalled helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams late in the fourth quarter? The league seems more concerned with cracking down on taunting than player safety, which honestly is very on-brand for the NFL.
It might not have looked like it on the broadcast but photo evidence shows how close Mason Crosby’s game-winning kick came to being blocked. To quote Lando Calrissian, “that was too close.”
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