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Green Bay Packers Preseason Position Battles

There are two preseason games remaining for the Green Bay Packers and many position battles to settle. The spotlight shines brightest over the wide receiver position, but the offensive line and edge rushers have questions to answer as well.

Offensive Line

The news of Elgton Jenkins coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list for the Green Bay Packers was huge for them. Green Bay has the ability to mix and match and cover up for one tackle spot, but probably not two.

It appears the left side of the line is settled, whether Jenkins is healthy or not. Yosh Nijman (LT), Jon Runyan Jr. (LG), and Josh Myers (C) have gotten the reps as ones at virtually every turn. The right side of the line has been a rotating cast of characters at guard and tackle. Royce Newman, Jake Hanson, and rookie Zach Tom have cycled through both positions, and that's the advantage the Green and Gold have cause they always draft versatile linemen.

If Jenkins is good to go by the time the regular season starts, expect him to start at right tackle. Tom has looked the most impressive in the limited opportunities we've seen. His considerable athleticism is noticeable, and he has college experience playing inside and outside. I'm not expecting anything from David Bakhtiari, and there's been nothing from Packers camp to make us think he'll see the field anytime soon.

Wide Receivers

The talk of Title Town continues to be what the Packers are going to do at receiver. Allen Lazard is the obvious WR1 to start the season for the Pack. Everybody from Aaron Rodgers to the coaches and even the Alien Lizard himself has him written in. After that, it gets murky - Romeo Doubs has looked tremendous but inconsistent. And, if I were running the team, I would like to sink or swim with the rookies behind Lazard.

However, that's never been Rodgers' preference - He demands the very best from his pass catchers. Unfortunately, I don't know what the Packers ceiling would be rolling out Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins week after week. Cobb is crafty, but a little older and no longer possesses the athleticism to consistently separate. Sammy Watkins just isn't good. He's never been a polished route runner or had the greatest of hands, and injuries have robbed his once impressive speed.

Edge Rusher

After a slow start against the San Francisco 49ers, Kingsley Enagbare and Kobe Jones began to turn up the heat. They stayed hot all week during practice, and they're the faces to watch Friday night against the New Orleans Saints. Jonathan Garvin is the man they're trying to unseat for the third pass rush position. He was Edge3 in 2021 but only tallied one sack in nearly 400 snaps.

The Packers are painfully thin after Rashan Gary and Preston Smith, so Enagbare or Jones having a solid preseason would alleviate some depth concerns.