Lane Taylor battling Elgton Jenkins to keep his starting job

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Lane Taylor has started at left guard all but three games over the past three seasons. He is in danger of not starting the 2019 season opener.

Taylor is in competition with rookie Elgton Jenkins to retain his job.

He found out he was battling for his job 24 hours before the preseason opener when Taylor was told he would play against the Texans.

“Obviously, it’s not the most exciting thing to ever hear in the world,” Taylor said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, “but on the other hand, you’ve got to earn your spot. To tell you the truth, when it really comes down to it, you take all the emotions out of it and all of that stuff. You’ve got to earn your spot.”

Taylor never was healthy last season. He underwent offseason ankle surgery in 2018, keeping him out of the offseason program, and Taylor now admits his ankle wasn’t 100 percent until early November.

He then had foot and knee injuries that slowed him down.

This is a key season for Taylor. He is under contract through 2020, but the Packers can save $4.6 million on next year’s cap by releasing him after this season.

12 responses to “Lane Taylor battling Elgton Jenkins to keep his starting job

  1. If he didn’t know he was in a battle for his starting job when they drafted him he wasn’t paying attention. Had a bad year last year and they burn a high pick for a guard who played very well in college.

  2. With the exception of Bahktiari, I can’t think of any OL starter who should feel comfortable. Generally speaking, the OL has been kind of marginal in preseason too.

  3. Except that Lane Taylor was never drafted…

    BuckyBadger says:
    August 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    If he didn’t know he was in a battle for his starting job when they drafted him he wasn’t paying attention. Had a bad year last year and they burn a high pick for a guard who played very well in college.

  4. Lane had some injuries last year, and Jenkins was probably drafted as a backup, but the kid has been doing a phenomenal job. He seems “Tailor”made for the new offensive scheme and he’s supremely athletic.
    Either way, the Packers depth on the o-line is probably the best it has been in quite some time.

  5. marpag1 says:
    August 21, 2019 at 4:39 pm
    Except that Lane Taylor was never drafted…

    BuckyBadger says:
    August 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    If he didn’t know he was in a battle for his starting job when they drafted him he wasn’t paying attention. Had a bad year last year and they burn a high pick for a guard who played very well in college.

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    Didn’t say he was. Said they just burned a high pick on a guard aka Jenkins. He was drafted in the 2nd round. Guards drafted there are expected to start.

  6. I expected Jenkins would have earned the starting role before the first preseason game.

    A second round guard who can’t supplant an underperforming undrafted free agent that has occupied the position for 3 years only because the Packers didn’t have anyone else is underperforming also.

  7. When a team makes that big of an investment in a QB, you had to know you were one sack away from riding the bench.

    Let the best man win and if somebody’s feelings get hurt, so be it.

  8. What a great position to be in for the Packers! Taylor, an experienced component of the No. 7 ranked O-line last season, is being challenged by someone outperforming an incumbent! While he heals 100%, he, or Jenkins, will be able to step in in-reserve without skipping a beat.

    This too can be added to the recent list of win-wins for the Packers.

  9. Vikings fan doesn’t want me to embarrass them in comparing how far superior the Packers starting offensive line and depth is as compared to the Vikings.

    Please keep making a fool of yourself on here. It’s quite fun to laugh at you.

    Make sure to downvote this multiple times. We all laugh at that too, all coming from one IP addy.👌 How embarrassing for you.

    #TitleTown

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

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