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Rodgers likes what he sees in rebuilt offensive line

May 22, 2013
 
The Green Bay Packers offensive line runs through drills during OTA practice at Clarke Hinkle Field on Tuesday. From left are tackle Marshall Newhouse, guard T.J. Lang, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, guard Josh Sitton and tackle Bryan Bulaga. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
The Green Bay Packers offensive line runs through drills during OTA practice at Clarke Hinkle Field on Tuesday. From left are tackle Marshall Newhouse, guard T.J. Lang, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, guard Josh Sitton and tackle Bryan Bulaga. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

The landscape has changed in front of Aaron Rodgers, but the foundation remains the same on the offensive line entering next season.

It’s for that reason the recently extended MVP quarterback has no qualms about the seismic shift Bryan Bulaga, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang and Marshall Newhouse are undertaking in the months leading up to the 2013 season.

As we wrote about in today’s Press-Gazette (http://pck.rs/12UgfhV), Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy and his staff made the decision to move the line’s two most heralded linemen, Bulaga and Sitton, to the left side of the line and into the right-handed Rodgers’ blind side.

With Newhouse and Lang positioned on the left side last season and Bulaga lost midway through the season with a hip injury, the Packers’ offensive line conceded 51 sacks, the second-most in the league last season.

While some of that responsibility falls on Rodgers’ shoulders, the team’s offensive line and position coach James Campen were in agreement during Tuesday’s organized team activities that figure remains too high.

That being said, Rodgers is excited for what the future holds on the reshuffled line in front of him.

“I think they’re going to be fine there,” said Rodgers, who signed a five-year, $110 million extension during last month’s NFL draft. “It’s just a matter of all of us working together and getting used to their stance and the calls and the plays, but our offense can mirror itself at times with runs and passes. It’s the same terminology, so they’ll be fine.

“Everybody is on board with it and we’re excited to move forward.”

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