Packers Finally Address the Right Guard Position
One of the bigger holes in Green Bay’s offense over the last two or three years has been the right guard position. After the team decided to not re-sign T.J. Lang, the team went with Jahri Eavns in 2017. That addition worked out alright for the team but not enough to bring him back. Last year, they went with Bryon Bell which was a complete fucking tire fire. This year, Green Bay hopes to shore up that problem. They inked Billy Turner from the Denver Broncos for four years, 27 million dollars. Green Bay finally has a stable guard and that’s a great thing.
Turner played both left guard, right guard and a little bit of tackle in his first four years in the league. He started with Miami and went to Denver last season. Turner allowed three sacks all year and only 27 pressures. Those three sacks came from the tackle position, not the guard. This will be a different type of team than Denver and Miami playing with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, but you expect Turner to make that adjustment.
The fact Turner works as an insurance policy at that tackle position is great. I do think the Packers should explore adding a tackle with Bryan Bulaga being up in free agency next season plus his injury issues and Jason Spriggs being an average talent. In no way do I think the team should cut Bulaga to save money. Packers front office whiz Russ Ball did some magic with the spending this year and next that I don’t think Green Bay needs to worry about cutting guys with short-term deals.
I do not fault Packers then-general manager Ted Thompson from moving on from Lang. That was the right move. Offensive linemen have a shelf life. Once the team thinks you hit that shelf life, it is time to move on. Packers have done it for years starting with Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle. Green Bay should still add depth to the line in the draft, but it is not an immediate concern.
With the addition of Turner, let’s hope the interior pass rush that we saw from opposition last season finally goes away.