March 5, 2021

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Packers keeping all options open on offensive line

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Packers keeping all options open on offensive line

“We’ve talked about it before in the past … if some guys went down, my number might get called to play tackle,” Turner said. “I know that that could be a possibility at any given point in time during the season. It just so happens that it’s Week 13 and that’s the situation at hand.”

The biggest adjustment Turner says he has to make at right tackle is defending more space in pass protection and controlling the width of the pocket, rather than the depth at guard.

If Turner were to bump inside, the Packers could slide third-year veteran Lucas Patrick in at right guard. Patrick, who has six starts on his NFL resume, has served as the backup at both guard posts and center since rookie Elgton Jenkins replaced an injured Lane Taylor at left guard in Week 3.

Beyond Patrick, the Packers are also carrying guard/tackle Adam Pankey and undrafted rookie Yosh Nijman on their 53-man roster. Nijman was promoted Tuesday after the team placed Cole Madison on injured reserve Satudray after the first-year guard sustained a “significant” knee injury in practice Thursday.

“Options are usually good,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers when asked about the team’s depth on the offensive line. “I think that’s why we brought Billy in because he gives us some versatility. He played some right tackle in our training camp and the offseason program. I have a lot of confidence in Alex Light. He’s been a really nice, steady guy for us this year. Lucas Patrick is a guy you can fill in at multiple positions.”

On paper, the Giants don’t boast the same firepower as San Francisco’s league-leading defensive front. However, New York still has playmakers the Packers will have to be cognizant of despite sitting 27th in total defense and 29th in scoring.

Whoever plays at right tackle could very well be lining up across from outside linebacker Markus Golden, who has 7½ sacks in 11 starts this year.

“Regardless of who you’re going up against, you have to be on your game,” Turner said. “Whether that is technique, whether that’s athleticism, whether that’s using your brute strength a little more in one week, it doesn’t really matter. You have to always be prepared to go into a game. You can go into a game preparing to play Khalil Mack and you could end up playing someone completely different. That’s how the NFL works.”

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