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Packers counting on rookie David Bakhtiari

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The Packers built an entire offseason plan around protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers better, only to see that plan go up in smoke when the guy they moved to left tackle, Bryan Bulaga, tore his ACL in last weekend’s scrimmage.

Now, they’re trusting the whole process to rookie David Bakhtiari, holding their breath and hoping their latest attempt to fix on the fly works.

“We felt that we needed to get to where our best players were on the left side, the ability to shut down one side of the line and do things on the other,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “Now, we’ve got to shift gears. We’re kind of back to the thought process that we’ve been in some other years where we’ve had injuries. That’s the NFL.”

Asked if Bakhtiari was the best option, McCarthy said: “He has to answer that question.”

He’ll get his first chance tonight against the Cardinals, and the fourth-round pick from Colorado said his goals for the first time out are simple.

“Hopefully, I start all [16] weeks, on to the playoffs,” Bakhtiari said. “And yeah, that’d be a great thing to look back on. But right now, at this point, I’m a here-now kind of guy and I’ve got to focus on [doing the job].

“I’ve got to protect the blind side. I’ve got to be fundamentally sound and come in fast and aggressive, . . . The biggest thing is just you’ve got to go 110% every play just to not get embarrassed.”

It helps that he has Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton beside him, and the Packers could always move Marshall Newhouse back to the left tackle spot. But they moved Newhouse to the right as part of an effort to prevent another league-high 51 sacks, so for the moment, they’re hoping Bakhtiari holds up.

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  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    What could go wrong?

  2. axespray says: Aug 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    At the end of the day, play better than Marshall Newhouse and this will be considered a success.

    Same for Perry, just play better than Walden.

    We’ve won with those two jobbers (and a beat up Jeff Saturday) in the starting lineup…

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    That’s a cute picture of him hugging Eddie Lacy.

  4. elliottcovert says: Aug 9, 2013 3:34 PM

    They’ll be counting the number of sacks he gives up on two hands

  5. dkrause71 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:36 PM

    These Packer OL articles seem a bit dire. The Packers finished the season with Newhouse on the left and Barclay on the right with the same guards and center they have now and did fine. So even if Bakhtiari sucks they can go back to that. The Pack did score 31 in that 49ers beatdown.

    Frankly, i am more concerned with Boykin probably starting in the 3 WR set and the Defensive line than i am Rodgers being able to play with that OL.

  6. offroger76 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:37 PM

    Let me see if I understood this….Newhouse on right tackle and Bakhtiari on the blind side??
    Rodgers will miss those 51 sacks.

  7. sterlingrodgers says: Aug 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    What’s depressing is that Derek Sherrod isn’t even in this conversation.

  8. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:39 PM

    They really like what they have seen out of Bakhtiari so far. He’s very athletic, so I guess they want to see if he is up to the challenge of playing on the left side. Hopefully it works out…

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 9, 2013 3:40 PM

    By Week 8, The Persian Prince is going to be one of the top 10 LTs in the league. Mark. My. Words.

  10. buhbay1c says: Aug 9, 2013 3:41 PM

    It’s all good. My friends who support GB told me so. I mean the guy has three weeks of camp and an inter-squad scrimmage under his belt.

  11. deltaoracle says: Aug 9, 2013 3:45 PM

    It’ll probably take a while to know for sure.
    It’s not like we’re counting the number of World Championships won by the Vikings or something like that.

  12. jintsfan says: Aug 9, 2013 3:46 PM

    The kid is a bit raw and a tweener. Better suited for guard but quick feet so who knows. The front office may be a little too commited to the draft alone. When you give up 52 sacks w/ a mobile QB on a SB talented team, sign a few reliable veterans.

  13. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Aug 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    That’s a cute picture of him hugging Eddie Lacy.

    ———

    A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

  14. rpiotr01 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Obviosuly the Packers have no idea what they’re doing with player talent. They’re only 36-12 over the past three years with one lousy super bowl win. They’re clearly about to crash and burn, because Ted Thompson can’t draft and Mike McCarthy can’t coach.

  15. contra74 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    That o-line has more gaping holes in it than your average packer fans smile. good luck rodgers.

  16. edmonton49ers says: Aug 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    David Bakhtiari,

    Welcome to the NFL.

    Sincerely,
    Aldon Smith

    PS
    Sorry

  17. purpleguy says: Aug 9, 2013 3:51 PM

    This Viking fan seems to remember the Pack starting a couple unheralded rookies named Clifton and Tauscher several years back — and being just fine. This isn’t worth expending any emotion over — yet.

  18. sandblastermoron says: Aug 9, 2013 3:51 PM

    wish you well but i am sure you will suck just like everyother draft pick!!!! All the DE’s in the league will run thru you like swiss cheese….
    dang we have the worst line in the league again!!!!

  19. 7ransponder says: Aug 9, 2013 3:53 PM

    Is…. is he cupping Raji’s moob?

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 9, 2013 3:55 PM

    There are only so many holes on the roster that you can expect Rodgers to paper over.

  21. contra74 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:01 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 9, 2013 3:40 PM
    By Week 8, The Persian Prince is going to be one of the top 10 LTs in the league. Mark. My. Words.
    —–
    LOL, noted. Wow.

  22. aldante66 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:12 PM

    Word just in, the good ol, always in top shape Packers have about 18 players not suiting up for tonights game. Last year the number was also 18.
    Gee Ted, do you think your late round draft picks may be powder puffs after all? 31 other teams passed on a lot of guys you have playing, or sitting as it were, and they passed on them 5 or 6 times. What a genius you are Ted to find these guys and they were available for Mac to train with his football genius.

  23. aldante66 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:15 PM

    I’m going to Vegas Sunday to see if they have a betting line on what game Rogers will be hospitalized for the rest of the season. I have him game 1 against Frisco.

  24. darthvander says: Aug 9, 2013 4:15 PM

    Dear Justin Smith,

    Don’t get injured and make me disappear again this year.

    Sincerely,
    Aldon Smith

    PS
    Thanks

  25. rikker12 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:21 PM

    Those Viking fans are soooo funny! Where do you guys come up with some of this stuff?
    Or maybe it’s what they see in the mirror every morning.

  26. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink says: Aug 9, 2013 4:27 PM

    scouting report from an nfl insider draft report:

    WEAKNESSES: Bakhtiari doesn’t exactly have the ideal build for an Offensive Tackle as he is thin in the arms. He has difficulties when pass blocking on an island. He gets beat around the edge without slowing the rusher down and will lose ground against stiff contact due to not having the ability to sit down and anchor. A move to Guard is likely in his future. His deep drop steps aren’t natural and stiff contact jolts him mid-stride. He loses on counter moves and gets thrown to the side when top heavy or leaning too far over, specifically when run blocking. Whiffs on cut blocks.

    humm: id say the edge rushes in the nfc north are licking their chops; whiff on cut blocks class….good luck with him

  27. headstrongrss says: Aug 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    As a Packer fan, it feels like we are always in this position…relying on someone new…and they usually end up just not quite working out. Nervous.

  28. tonyc920 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    Humorous comments, albeit from jealous ViQueen fans who choose to visit Packers articles and spew venom. LOSERS !!!

    Bottomline is the recent practices they have been setting Bahktiari at left tackle and been bullrushing him with Clay Matthews and Datone Jones. He’s done very nicely for himself, good enough to not mention Newhouse at LT.

  29. faultylogic29 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:36 PM

    Been following the reports on this guy for a couple weeks, and I definitely think we’re better off with him on the left side the Newhouse. At the very least, the O-line has improved. I expect a few growing pains, but it’ll be better than last year.

  30. woodyg says: Aug 9, 2013 4:37 PM

    Hate to say it, but, Rodgers won’t be able to compensate for all the deficiencies that may surface on this team. There’s alot of unproven players that are riding ‘potential’ only. The OL is just one of the unproven areas.

    Face it, the Pack have Rodgers and Matthews.
    Two great players can work in the NBA. — Not in the NFL.

  31. dublindemonszfl says: Aug 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    They’re gonna need more back up QBs. A greek pastry and an oldshack protecting their $$$$ QB. It’s OVER!

  32. GenXJay says: Aug 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    Well, as fast as these cheeseheads are falling off the roster due to injury, if bakhtiari suffers one, TT can plug the hole w/Lacy.

  33. teal379 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    He’s better than Newhouse.

    He’s also never been beat in camp by Clay Mathews.

    Last I heard he was literally unbeaten in 1 on 1 drills so while the perennial cellar dwellers in the NFC North talk all tough about defense this, defense that – NONE of them have what the Packers have in the last 3 years, heck in the last 27 years…

  34. qoojo says: Aug 9, 2013 4:59 PM

    This makes the running game even more important to help keep those DEs off balance a bit. No more 25+ passes and 2 runs in a half like in Seattle last year.

  35. superjroch says: Aug 9, 2013 5:03 PM

    He’ll have fewer sacks allowed than Matt Kalil, and I’d put money on it.

  36. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:03 PM

    This sure is starting to feel like 2010 all over again.

  37. iluvbears says: Aug 9, 2013 5:11 PM

    I can hear Jared Allen licking his chops & I live over 70 miles away from where they hold training camp.

  38. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 9, 2013 5:13 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Aug 9, 2013 3:40 PM

    By Week 8, The Persian Prince is going to be one of the top 10 LTs in the league. Mark. My. Words.
    ________

    By Week 8, after Jared Allen and Everson Griffen are done with him, The Persian Prince is going to be flatter than a Persian Rug.

  39. chi01town says: Aug 9, 2013 5:16 PM

    that O-line is gone get Rodgers killed this season. I cant wait for it to happen. Farve is at home. Rodgers cant take a beating like that. packers fans can get ready to ride the bottom in the north

  40. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 9, 2013 5:23 PM

    faultylogic29 says:Aug 9, 2013 4:36 PM

    Been following the reports on this guy for a couple weeks, and I definitely think we’re better off with him on the left side the Newhouse. At the very least, the O-line has improved. I expect a few growing pains, but it’ll be better than last year.
    ______

    Your name is perfect. We lost our best offensive tackle for the season and are starting a rookie fourth-round pick, so I’d save we’ve improved.

  41. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:28 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Snake-oil Salesman says: Aug 9, 2013 5:13 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Aug 9, 2013 3:40 PM

    By Week 8, The Persian Prince is going to be one of the top 10 LTs in the league. Mark. My. Words.
    ________

    By Week 8, after Jared Allen and Everson Griffen are done with him, The Persian Prince is going to be flatter than a Persian Rug.
    ________________________________

    By Week 8, Jared Allen and Everson Griffin are done, period…

  42. contra74 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:53 PM

    superjroch says:
    Aug 9, 2013 5:03 PM
    He’ll have fewer sacks allowed than Matt Kalil, and I’d put money on it.

    Sorry, no bets with Packer fans will be entertained until Aaron Rodgers pays up.

  43. tonyc920 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:55 PM

    chi01town says: Aug 9, 2013 5:16 PM

    that O-line is gone get Rodgers killed this season. I cant wait for it to happen. Farve is at home. Rodgers cant take a beating like that. packers fans can get ready to ride the bottom in the north
    ———————————————————-I guess our ChiTown friend was upset I didn’t mention that the “Bears Still Suck”, and I’m confident they will again this season. Oh sure they will win some games and be 9-7 but out of the playoffs again. However you are still welcome to visit my tailgate at Lambeau and yes I’ll offer a beer and a brat. We Love you guys !

  44. packer56 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:09 PM

    Viking fans are so jealous of the Packers and Rogers all they know how to do is talk down the Pack. All they know what to do is jump on whatevver a former beloved Packer named Jennings says! They can’t think on there own! PS worst of luck to Jennings!

  45. stellarperformance says: Aug 9, 2013 7:25 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 5:53 PM
    Sorry, no bets with Packer fans will be entertained until Aaron Rodgers pays up.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    A bet isn’t a bet until there is an offer and an acceptance of the offer. Print the acceptance, would you please? Thanks,

  46. jimatmad says: Aug 9, 2013 8:01 PM

    I’ve only been to one practice, but Bakhtiairi looked like he belonged out there.

    Usually when you notice rookie offensive linemen, it’s not a good thing, but that wasn’t the case with him.

    I really think the kid’s going to be really good.

  47. packer56 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:20 PM

    Jennings is so jealous that he isn’t a Packer anymore he has to make things up to get attention! Nothing but booes for back stabbing Jennings when he comes to play in Title Town Greenbay! Go Packers!

  48. gopackgo5212 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:47 PM

    He already took over the starting right tackle spot before bulaga went down. He is a talented guy. Feel a lot more comfortable with him protecting Rodgers blind side than Newhouse.

  49. stvang says: Aug 10, 2013 12:15 AM

    I am more concerned about the defense. I know its preseason but they did not look good. They looked flat footed and tired. Nobody stepped up or stood out and at no time did they seem to have anything that looked like a good push up front.

    Rodgers looked great. Running game was enough to keep the defense honest but nothing to get excited about.

    **Looked exactly like the same team that got torched in SF**

    I know its preseason. Jolly looked like he could have an impact (maybe)

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