Packers Take Risk with Lane Taylor as Starting Guard
The Green Bay Packers made a surprising move last Saturday, cutting All-Pro guard Josh Sitton. The next move they made was naming Lane Taylor as his replacement.
Taylor, a former undrafted rookie, is entering his fourth year with the Packers and recently signed a two-year deal with the team this offseason.
Taylor has started games before, even last season and has held up well. Mike McCarthy for one, believes he can handle the job.
“I have all the confidence in the world in Lane,” McCarthy said “He’s earned this opportunity. I think he’s done a very good job particularly in the run blocking phase of his game. The pass protection and some of the things – particularly how we do it and what we do – is something he just needs some game experience at.
“That’s part of the leap when you make changes. But with that, it’s an opportunity to grow.”
Yet, Taylor has struggled at times this preseason, especially with penalties, but McCarthy said the Packers are not concerned with his ability to hold up as a starter.
“I think like all things you’ve got to look at the video. I understand it’s the preseason, and it’s preseason for the officials, too,” McCarthy said of the penalties. “I was very confident in how he played in that game. I thought he was physical and did a lot of good things. And frankly, he did some things that he needs to improve on.”
If Taylor fails, Corey Linsley could move back to center and JC Tretter could move to guard, but for now, it’s Lane Taylor’s show.
We will see how he handles a talented Jacksonville Jaguars front this Sunday.