Originally posted on Packers Talk Radio Network  |  Last updated 7/9/13
This is the second installment of my “Five Players That Have to be Good” for the Green Bay Packers. My second choice is offensive lineman Greg van Roten.   On game days, most teams (Packers included), dress 7 offensive linemen.  The general idea behind this is that there is a backup tackle and a backup interior offensive linemen available should someone get hurt during the game.  The backup interior OL is either expected to be able to play center, or one of the starting guards has to have the ability to slide inside.  Center is not a plug and play position in the NFL.  The center needs to be able to work with the QB and his line mates to make protection calls and recognize blitz packages.   When Scott Wells was allowed to leave in free agency following the 2011 season, it was assumed that a draft pick would be used to get a young center to fill his shoes, as that was the Packer way under GM Ted Thompson.  When the board didn’t fall that way and Thompson decided to use his first 6 pi...
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