What Packers’ initial depth chart tells us

The Green Bay Packers will play a game of professional football against the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. Truly a beautiful sight.

The team transitioned to a regular-season practice schedule and cut the roster down to 53 this past weekend. While the roster will be in flux as injuries shake out and the practice squad crystallizes, there are some intriguing tidbits from the current, official depth chart. We expected the majority of the starting lineup to look similar to 2019, but a few of our questions have been answered.

What can we learn from the initial depth chart?

The right side of the offensive line was perhaps the most interesting position battle of training camp, with Lane Taylor, Billy Turner, and Rick Wagner all in the mix for starting spots and the possibility for some rogue options.

After a phenomenal camp (losing just once in one-on-one reps) Lane Taylor emerged as the Packers’ starting right guard. Turner and Wagner both had injury issues during camp, but it appears Turner won the right to be listed as the Packers’ starter at right tackle, with Wagner as the backup. However, due to said injuries, there is no guarantee who starts against the Vikings in Week 1. Wagner and second-year Yosh Nijman are the only two backup tackles on the roster, so perhaps Turner and Wagner’s injuries aren’t concerns.

Despite a positional change being discussed for Elgton Jenkins, he remains the starting left guard. Jenkins was drafted for his ability to play anywhere on the line, but it makes sense the Packers want to let the second-year lineman focus on his best spot.

Along the defensive trenches, Tyler Lancaster maintains the edge over Kingsley Keke and Montravius Adams to open the season. However, the Packers rarely have more than two defensive linemen on the field at once. With base defense being a rarity, this doesn’t expose much.

With injuries at inside linebacker, only three are currently on the roster, with Oren Burks listed as the starter next to Christian Kirksey. Burks will get a chance to strut his stuff after a history of unfortunate August injuries since joining the league. Rookie Kamal Martin looked poised to start after a stunning camp but will need to overcome a torn meniscus and work his way back into the lineup if activated from IR.

Despite many predictions that Jace Sternberger would be TE1, veteran Marcedes Lewis leads the initial depth chart. “Big Dog” is the best blocker of the group and has the most experience by far, but expect the team to involve all of their tight ends early on. Multiple tight end sets are likely the norm this season, and LaFleur will find a way to get all of his tight ends involved.

Finally, as expected, Tim Boyle gets the backup QB nod over rookie Jordan Love. This strange offseason wasn’t kind to Love’s development, and Tim Boyle had a phenomenal camp. Being listed as QB3 shouldn’t be a concern to the Packers’ longterm plans at the position.

Matt Hendershott is a Packers fan and Miller High Life enthusiast from Northwest Ohio. He has a Master of Arts in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. You can follow him on Twitter @MattHendershott.
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