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Matt LaFleur's Planned Offensive Line Changes Hit Major Snag

Adam Taylor McKillop
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had plans to retool the offensive line in Week 7, but those plans hit a major snag.
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had plans to retool the offensive line in Week 7, but those plans hit a major snag. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Head coach Matt LaFleur and the Green Bay Packers had some serious reflecting to do after a shocking Week 6 loss to the New York Jets. LaFleur's team sits at just 3-3 heading into Week 7 with a variety of problems, including poor play in the trenches, a lack of a superstar wide receiver and defensive woes.

LaFleur indicated throughout this past week that he may opt for a shift on the offensive line. After all, he called out the unit after Week 6's loss, saying "It really doesn’t matter what we do schematically, if we don’t block better."

Unfortunately, the head coach's plans hit a major snag before their road clash with the Washington Commanders.

The plan was for Elgton Jenkins to move over from right tackle to left guard, a position he earned Pro Bowl honors in 2020. The ongoing issues with left tackle David Bakhtiari's health will completely halt this plan.

Bakhtiari was downgraded to questionable as he continues to work back from a major knee injury that saw him play just 1 game in 2021. The initial plan was for Yosh Nijman to slide into the right tackle starting role, but he'll be on watch as Bakhtiari's primary backup on the left side.

Packers fans will want to pay close attention to the starting lineup in Week 7. The re-tooling may still be in play if Bakhtiari is able to suit up, but that's anyone's guess before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Washington has a unit that will take advantage of poor offensive line play as they rank fourth in sacks (19) and third in QB pressures (66).

As of now, the Packers are considered 4.5-point road favorites per NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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