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A fourth-round pick in 2013, Bakhtiari has started 106 of 112 possible games and nine playoff games.
He has allowed only 28 total sacks despite playing over 7,000 career snaps, per Pro Football Focus.

if we guess those 7000 snaps = about 4000 passes, then Bakh's  personal sack rate = .007
which is absolutely perfect because if James Bond played football, he'd most certainly wear # 69

 

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from PackersWire

https://packerswire.usatoday.com/2020/06/15/packers-lt-david-bakhtiari-ended-last-season-on-impressive-streak/

From Week 10 through the post-season, David Bakhtiari played 383 pass-blocking snaps without allowing a single sack
Also, Bakhtiari didn’t have a single penalty during the final six games after committing 11 over the first 12 games.

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For the past eight offseasons, Bakhtiari has trained with former teammate Clay Matthews. No, social distancing was not going to disrupt their routine, even with COVID-19 precautions limiting access to their offseason training grounds at ProActive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, California.

They just had to be careful, and get creative.

Inside Matthews’ new home, where the former Packers edge rusher (now a free agent) built a formidable home gym, the longtime teammates pushed each other this spring.

“It was almost like a little mini-ProActive that I had,” Bakhtiari said. “So we were able to have our trainers print out a form, and we kind of made an agreement, like, ‘Hey, you’re not going to go out and do anything, I’m not going to do the same.’ That way we’re not exposing ourselves to anything outside, and we were able to push each other and train during a time when it was true social distancing and isolation.”

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From The Athletic
 

"Up front, the Packers ranked first in ESPN’s pass-block win rate metric. They return four of five starters from last year’s squad, with Wagner replacing Bulaga at right tackle. Corey Linsley ranked first among centers in pass-block win rate.( JC Tretter was 2nd)  
Rookie Elgton Jenkins ranked eighth among guards. David Bakhtiari was first among tackles. "

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cruisin through some old posts from last year and came across this cool one from AG20

Fantastic breakdowns on sacks, how they happened and who were the likely suspects. Quality content
This is from back in 2018 season when Lane Taylor, Justin McCray were the OG's.
Going into 2020, it feels like Jenkins - Turner represents a notable upgrade on the interior
 

 

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So how do you see our OL depth chart?

Many agree on this, LT: Bak, LG: Jenkins, C Linsley but what about the following?

Starting RG & RT?

Backups OT, OG and C?

(Hanson, Light, Nijman, Patrick, Runyan, Stepaniak, Taylor Turner, Wagner)

 

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5 hours ago, Beast said:

So how do you see our OL depth chart?

Many agree on this, LT: Bak, LG: Jenkins, C Linsley but what about the following?

Starting RG & RT?

Backups OT, OG and C?

(Hanson, Light, Nijman, Patrick, Runyan, Stepaniak, Taylor Turner, Wagner)

 

Turner and Wagner will start on the Right Side.

Patrick will be the backup C this year.

Light will most likely be the backup T this year.

Taylor will either be cut or be the backup G this year.

Hanson, Nijman, Runyan, Stepaniak, Madison, LeGlue, Bruffy, Johnson, and Conway are likely all guys fighting for the PS guys with the expanded PS roster. 

If a guy like Runyan or Stepaniak really looks great in camp, that might see Taylor be jettisoned.

Light and Hanson are currently competing for the starting C spot next year. 

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2 hours ago, AlexGreen#20 said:

Turner and Wagner will start on the Right Side.

Patrick will be the backup C this year.

Light will most likely be the backup T this year.

Taylor will either be cut or be the backup G this year.

Hanson, Nijman, Runyan, Stepaniak, Madison, LeGlue, Bruffy, Johnson, and Conway are likely all guys fighting for the PS guys with the expanded PS roster. 

If a guy like Runyan or Stepaniak really looks great in camp, that might see Taylor be jettisoned.

Light and Hanson are currently competing for the starting C spot next year. 

There is no reason to cut Taylor after he took the pay cut. He can start, trade maybe, but they'll probably keep him.

Think Stepaniak will be healthy after his new years ACL tear?

Light sucked last year, unless he's improved I wouldn't be surprised if they use an OG like Turner, Jenkins, Taylor or Runyon at OT before him.

Light can play Center? Or did you mean Patrick?

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Taylor could well have a shot at unseating Turner at RG. For a couple of years before his injury, Taylor was better than Turner was last year. The battle for backup C will be interesting, because whoever wins could be the starter in 2021 when Linsley leaves in FA. 

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29 minutes ago, Beast said:

There is no reason to cut Taylor after he took the pay cut. He can start, trade maybe, but they'll probably keep him.

Think Stepaniak will be healthy after his new years ACL tear?

Light sucked last year, unless he's improved I wouldn't be surprised if they use an OG like Turner, Jenkins, Taylor or Runyon at OT before him.

Light can play Center? Or did you mean Patrick?

Forgot Taylor did the adjustment, he's probably safe.

Yes, Patrick and Hanson.

Light certainly wasn't starter quality, but I think they would rather start him than move Turner against most matchups. 

I think Stepaniak could be entirely healthy this camp and still end up on IR.

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22 minutes ago, Brat&Beer said:

Taylor could well have a shot at unseating Turner at RG. For a couple of years before his injury, Taylor was better than Turner was last year. The battle for backup C will be interesting, because whoever wins could be the starter in 2021 when Linsley leaves in FA. 

Maybe in McCarthy's offense you give Taylor a shot at it. Turner certainly has his flaws, but you can't argue he's a beautiful scheme fit. Taylor is basically the opposite.

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1 hour ago, AlexGreen#20 said:

Maybe in McCarthy's offense you give Taylor a shot at it. Turner certainly has his flaws, but you can't argue he's a beautiful scheme fit. Taylor is basically the opposite.

Agree that Turner is a better scheme fit. But if the Packers felt Taylor was extremely unfit for the scheme, they wouldn't have renegotiated his contract. They could have saved 4 million on the salary cap by just releasing him. Whoever lines up at RG needs to be better than Turner was last year. 6 sacks allowed for a RG (Turner in 2019) is terrible.

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1 hour ago, AlexGreen#20 said:

Light certainly wasn't starter quality, but I think they would rather start him than move Turner against most matchups. 

I think Stepaniak could be entirely healthy this camp and still end up on IR.

Yeah, I'm thinking Stepaniak will start on the PUP.

Based on Lights performance last year, I disagree, though in his defense, he was up against physical talented guys, but he straight up got out man handled, and especially owned in the running game.

Where they want to be strong with the run, and use that to set up the pass, which they'll use an extra blocker to help chip or block on passes, especially the longer ones, but they want to get the running game going and use play action. Can't do that with a guy getting absolutely owned in the running game (though, again, going up against some of the more physical run stopper DEs, but still).

2 hours ago, Brat&Beer said:

Taylor could well have a shot at unseating Turner at RG. For a couple of years before his injury, Taylor was better than Turner was last year. The battle for backup C will be interesting, because whoever wins could be the starter in 2021 when Linsley leaves in FA. 

 

1 hour ago, AlexGreen#20 said:

Maybe in McCarthy's offense you give Taylor a shot at it. Turner certainly has his flaws, but you can't argue he's a beautiful scheme fit. Taylor is basically the opposite.

Taylor can play well, especially at OG when you aren't passing it over 63% of the time... 

But as LaFleur tries to get closer to only passing it 55% of the time, the better chance Taylor has at OG and Turner has at RT.

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From Bill Huber at SI, comments on Cole Madison and OT Cody Conway too

https://www.si.com/nfl/packers/news/ranking-the-packers-77-79

Indiana offensive line coach Darren Hiller had an apt comparison for guard Simon Stepaniak.

“The Hulk.”

Stepaniak, the third of three sixth-round picks used on interior offensive linemen, is a powerful brawler who loves knocking defenders on their butts. Off the field, he is more akin to Dr. Robert Banner.

“He’s a tough guy,” Hiller said after the draft. “He doesn’t walk around the facility being a jerk and all that stuff. He’s very humble and actually very soft-spoken. He’s almost bashful a little bit off the field. When he gets out on the football field and he gets an opportunity to play the game, that Hulk comes out in him. He likes to play the game. He goes from mild-mannered to full-go. He’s an aggressive guy. He loves to play the game. As a coach, those are the guys that you love. You love guys that, off the field, you don’t have to deal with a whole lot of issues. He’s not high-maintenance. When he gets on the field, all he does is want to work.”

Why he’s got a chance: Stepaniak is strong. Very strong. Despite limited training due to the injury, he put up an impressive 37 reps on the 225-pound bench press. He was a quality pass protector, too, allowing only one sack and one additional quarterback hit as a senior, according to Pro Football Focus. As Green Bay trends toward a more physical brand of football, he could be a real factor in 2021

 

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