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Packers 2014 Roster Preview: Two Additions at Guard and Center

Because of their trust level with their current guard and center depth, the Packers added only two interior offensive linemen this offseason.

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To prepare for training camp, we will be breaking down every player on the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster in more detail, looking at contract terms and 2013 statistics, before we make our prediction for which players will make the 53-man roster at the end of training camp.

We move now to address the Packers' two additions at guard and center.

#63 Corey Linsley

6-3, 301 lbs
How acquired: fifth-round pick, 2014

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2017)

Base salary: $420,000
Signing Bonus: $185,000
Total compensation: $605,000
Cap number: $466,250

2013 Statistics

Ohio State University Buckeyes
13 games played, 13 starts

While not seriously expected to compete for a starting job, Corey Linsley is perhaps the Packers player with the most experience at center. He manned the position for Ohio State during his junior and senior seasons, a stretch that saw the Buckeyes go 23-2 with one of the best rushing attacks in college football. Linsley possesses incredible upper-body strength (36 bench reps at the combine) to go along with a tenacious on-field attitude.

#62 Jordan McCray

6-3, 322 lbs
How acquired: undrafted free agent signee, 2014

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2016)

Base salary: $420,000
Total compensation: $420,000
Cap number: $420,000

2013 Statistics

University of Central Florida Golden Knights
13 games played, 13 starts

As the starting left guard for Central Florida last season, Jordan McCray was part of the most successful team in program history. Behind his blocking, Storm Johnson rushed for over 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Likewise, quarterback Blake Bortles performed well enough that Jacksonville took him third overall in the draft. Obviously, McCray isn't responsible for all of that success, but it's always good to pluck key players from successful college teams. It doesn't hurt that the Packers already found one great lineman from UCF in Josh Sitton.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor at various publications. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.