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Packers offensive line will be easily exploited

So, the Packers’ offensive line is actually a fairly solid one, outside of two particular players. The only issue, overall, is the threat of injuries.

Starting right guard Justin McCray is a former Arena League Football player who originally went undrafted back in 2014. He played quite a bit last year, starting several games for the Packers.

The thing about McCray is that he was simply not good in 2017. He was especially vulnerable in running situations, but nearly as bad in passing situations. His overall pass blocking grade, per Pro Football Focus was 55.4. McCray led the Packers with 31 total pressures allowed last season. This will not be a good matchup for him as he’ll have a guy like Akiem Hicks in his face all game long.

Center Corey Linsley, on the other hand, finished last year with an overall grade of just 66.7, again per PFF. Bryan Bulaga didn’t get a ton of snaps in due to injury, but it’s worth mentioning he finished his season with a grade of 61.4 and was a shade under 50 in the category of run blocking.

If you take a look at Packer Twitter lately, it’s chock full of fans who are worried about their line. Aaron Rodgers has the luxury of playing in front of one of the top-10 lines in football, per PFF, but if they are not all healthy, that’s where the quarterback is in trouble.

McCray is the one who will be picked on all night long, along with Linsley. If, somehow, the Packers’ line suffers any kind of injury — which has happened in recent seasons with David Bakhtiari and Bulaga — they will be in a world of hurt.