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For the past several years
Dean Lowry Jersey , Mike Daniels has been a mainstay on the Green Bay Packers’ defensive line. Daniels finally earned his first Pro Bowl appearance a year ago — which was long overdue — and up until 2018 he had missed just four games in his six-year NFL career.Unfortunately, it appears that Daniels will miss more than that number of games in 2018 alone. A foot injury that Daniels suffered last Thursday night in Seattle put his immediate availability in question for the upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings, but it could keep him out well longer than that. In fact, there’s a chance that Daniels may not return at all over the final six weeks of the regular season.Speaking to reporters on Friday, Daniels revealed a bit more about the injury, which had him visibly frustrated. “I’ve never had a serious injury before outside of getting surgery in college,” Daniels said. He added regarding a potential return that “everything’s up to what the doctors say and I don’t have an exact timetable.”However, when asked specifically about whether he felt he could get back on the field this season, Daniels sounded like someone who was hopeful but not optimistic: “I always keep the hope alive; you never know what can happen,” he said. “You just never know, so I can’t make any predictions. I’m just taking it day after day and taking my rehab very seriously.”Head coach Mike McCarthy already confirmed that Daniels would likely be out for a few weeks Kentrell Brice Color Rush Jersey , but had not given any indication that he might be shut down for the season. Still, the Packers have little depth on the defensive line, particularly with Muhammad Wilkerson already suffering a season-ending injury earlier this year. Kenny Clark is the only healthy week-one starter remaining, as Dean Lowry has filled in for Wilkerson while Montravius Adams is expected to be the primary replacement for Daniels.The Packers are still expected to add a lineman to the active roster sometime before Sunday’s game, but they would need to open up a roster spot to do so. Placing Daniels on injured reserve would be a worst-case scenario, but if the medical staff feels bearish on his chances of playing again in 2018, that could very well be a possibility. For years, the strength of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line has been their pass-blocking ability. Although Aaron Rodgers takes a fair number of sacks, the individual players on the line have largely been excellent in pass protection. Rodgers deserves some of the blame for the team’s relatively high sack numbers, as he is much more inclined to take a sack than throw an interception. This year, that has been especially true on third downs https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Geroni...son-Jersey , as it seems that there are multiple such drive-killers in every game.However, when the starting line is on the field and intact, there is a noticeable difference in the rate at which Rodgers is pressured — and keeping that line intact has indeed been a challenge this year. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga, for example, has been inactive for two games and has missed significant portions of several others. That thrusts Jason Spriggs onto the field.Likewise, the Packers’ revolving door at right guard is deserving of that metaphor for multiple reasons. The team has started three players — Byron Bell, Justin McCray, and Lucas Patrick — at that spot this season, and each has struggled in pass protection. Too often, when Rodgers is pressured, it comes from that side of the line.Still Oren Burks Jersey , the NFL’s advanced statistics show that the other four starters are among the very best in the NFL at keeping their quarterback upright. Using their Pass Block Win Rate* number as a guide, ESPN listed the top ten players in pass-blocking win rate at the three positions on the line and each of David Bakhtiari, Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, and Bryan Bulaga show up in their respective lists.* Note: ESPN defines PBWR as “the rate at which linemen can sustain their blocks for 2.5 seconds or longer”In fact, Bulaga and Bakhtiari tied this season for second place among all offensive tackles in PBWR, coming in with a 90% win rate apiece. Taylor ranked seventh among all guards with an 85% rate, while Linsley came in as the tenth-ranked center at 83%.With individual players holding numbers that high, it should be no surprise that the Packers also rank highly as a unit in win rate, even despite their struggles at right guard and when Bulaga exits. Indeed, Green Bay lands at fourth place in the NFL overall at 58% Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , behind the Rams, Browns, and Chiefs in order.This is worth considering when deciding what to do about the line as a unit moving forward in the 2019 offseason. Bulaga continues to pass-protect at an exemplary level, when he is on the field. As is usually the case with him, however, it’s that qualifier that is the problem. The team would probably do well to find a tackle in the 2019 NFL Draft, as Bulaga is signed for one more year at most and Spriggs has been inconsistent at best; but this should be a reminder that the veteran from Iowa remains a highly productive and useful player.As for the line as a whole, it’s not crazy to imagine an even better ranking as a unit in 2019 if the team can address the right guard spot. With Patrick likely to get an extended look in the final two games, the team should be able to evaluate whether he could be a long-term answer or if they will need to look elsewhere to bolster that position.Editor’s note: I suppose I should respond to the accusation that the Packers’ line holds on every play.

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