There were a number of tidbits that came out the NFL Owner’s Meetings yesterday regarding the Green Bay Packers as head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to media for almost an hour.
One of interesting points covered was the offensive line and while McCarthy said the Packers are still considering their options at center, he confirmed that Bryan Bulaga will go back to right tackle after opening last season at left tackle before suffering a season-ending injury in the preseason.
This is big news because that means that 2013 fourth-rounder David Bakhtiari will be the team’s starting left tackle for the second straight season after he started 16 games at the position last season, filling in for the injured Bulaga.
The Packers didn’t know they were drafting their left tackle of future when they selected the athletic tackle out of Colorado but he responded when he was thrown into the fire and is now has a chance to cement himself as the long-term starter if he can take another step forward in 2014.
“We got a full season with the combination of David and Josh,” McCarthy said. “I like that relationship. I like the productivity that came out of those two guys. I think David being a rookie, he’ll be a year better, he’ll continue to grow.
“David’s a very young man. He’s a young man with a lot of growth in front of him. It’s not more about the position because you want to play your best five guys on the offensive line. We’re just putting a little more stock in the relationships between the guard and the tackle or the guards and the center and trying to keep that going. So we’re going to start out with David on the left side.
“I think Derek Sherrod, he’s a little more natural on his, on the left side, as we found here at the end of this season working him both right and left. We’re going to start him on the left side too.”
The Packers offensive line still has some work to do, particularly at the center spot but at least both offensive tackle spots have been spoken for which is a huge positive going forward into the 2014 season.