Corey Linsley had one hell of a rookie season. But as good as he was a season ago, thus far in the first few days of the Green Bay Packers Training camp, he has looked even better.
The 2014 fifth-round draft choice emerged as the team’s starting center a year ago, after an injury to J.C. Tretter forced him into the lineup, and it appears he is making the leap that head coach Mike McCarthy often talks about players making from year one to year two.
According to reports by Packersnews.com, Linsley has been dominant thus far in training camp, not only as a run blocker but as a pass blocker too.
In a 1-on-1 run blocking drill Linsley pancaked second-year man Khyri Thorton, then went on to defeat both B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion in 1-on-1 pass blocking drills.
The fact that Linsley has taken a step forward is a great sign for the Packers offensive line, which was already expected to be a top unit in 2015 with all five starters returning.
You never know if a player can take that next step until he does and so far at Packers camp it looks like Linsley is taking his game from the level of an All-Rookie First-Teamer to that of a potential Pro Bowler.
It looks like Aaron Rodgers has found the center he will play with for the next decade and that is something that should have him and the entire Green Bay organization smiling from ear to ear.