If Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had any doubts about naming J.C. Tretter his starting center, they should all be alleviated after Tretter’s impressive performance on Saturday against the St. Louis Rams.
Tretter, the second-year man from Cornell, was solid last week against the Titans but played even better against a talented Rams front that included 2012 first-round pick Michael Brockers.
Tretter helped quarterback Aaron Rodgers seamlessly run the no huddle offense against the Rams on back-to-back 12-play drives to open the game that yielded 10 points for the Packers offense. Tretter was solid in pass protection and in the run game as Eddie Lacey had five carries for 25 yards on the first series of the game.
Going into the game, Tretter was in complete control of the competition to be the Packers starting center but after playing well against a top-notch defense and showing no signs of weakness for the second week in a row, the former 2013 fourth-rounder appears locked in as the starting center when Green Bay travels to Seattle for the season opener.
It was a risky move for the Packers to put their faith in an untested second-year player but they trusted their evaluation and knew based off practice snaps late last season that Tretter had starting potential. Now, Tretter looks like he could be a long-term answer at center and at the very least is apart of an offensive line that is shaping up to the best of the McCarthy era.