Byron Bell named as Packers' starting RG for third consecutive week

-- When it comes to the right guard situation for the Green Bay Packers, there isn't any question as to who the starter is, just like there wasn't entering the season.

Except, it isn't Justin McCray.

On Friday, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that Byron Bell would start on the interior for the Packers in Monday night's meeting with the San Francisco 49ers.

McCray, who has been limited on the injury report with a shoulder injury, has been out of the lineup for three weeks now. Monday night will mark the third consecutive start for Bell.

"He's consistent," McCarthy said on Friday. "He has a lot of experience. Byron has played a lot of football. His transition here, getting used to how we do things and the connection you've got to have between the center and the right tackle."

Bell struggled throughout the preseason, swapping between tackle and guard. It would seem as if his consistency and seemingly evident sense of durability could keep him in the starting lineup for the weeks to come.

"I go back to training camp where the linemen didn't really practice a lot together. So, it's some newness to him. He's comfortable, and I like the job that he's done."

It could no longer be a matter of waiting until McCray is healthy to slip him back into the starting five along the offensive line, but instead, waiting until Bell has a serviceable backup behind him. McCray was active last Sunday against the Detroit Lions, however, only has an emergency fill-in.

With quarterback Aaron Rodgers still hindered by a knee injury, the Packers need all of the uniformity they can get in pass protection. That's something that Bell, an eight-year veteran, brings in his performance.

According to Bill Huber of Packer Report, Bell hasn't been penalized or allowed a sack in his 164 snaps. In 193 snaps, McCray allowed one sack and was penalized twice.

The Packers signed Bell to a one-year, $1.6 million dollar contract in late May coming off of a lone season with the Dallas Cowboys in which he started a career-low two games.

__________________________

Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

0 points

Comments (11)

Fan-Friendly This filter will hide comments which have ratio of 5 to 1 down-vote to up-vote.
Lare's picture

October 12, 2018 at 01:01 pm

Bell has been a good pickup by Gutekunst. As long as you keep him at guard he should continue to do well.

0 points
0
0
ILPackerBacker's picture

October 12, 2018 at 01:05 pm

He (MM) goes back to pre season where the line did not have time to practice together......

it's almost enough to make you wish they could practice together, or find a coach to teach them to work together

0 points
0
0
dobber's picture

October 12, 2018 at 02:13 pm

Someone's gotta do it...

0 points
0
0
ricky's picture

October 12, 2018 at 03:30 pm

One team's trash is another's treasure- or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof.

0 points
0
0
Lare's picture

October 12, 2018 at 04:22 pm

Bulaga and Spriggs added to the injury list. That doesn't help.

0 points
0
0
dblbogey's picture

October 12, 2018 at 04:56 pm

Bell can't play tackle. Bulaga is hurt. We may not have a right tackle. McCray actually handled it well a couple of games last year, but he hasn't looked good at all this year. We need to draft a tackle early.

0 points
0
0
egbertsouse's picture

October 12, 2018 at 05:05 pm

Maybe Gute should have cut Bulaga when he asked him to take a pay cut and got the finger in return. You can stick a fork in Bulaga at this point.

0 points
0
0
Lare's picture

October 12, 2018 at 06:04 pm

Bulaga is a pretty good RT when he's healthy. Unfortunately, he isn't healthy very often.

0 points
0
0
henry113's picture

October 13, 2018 at 03:29 pm

Here we go again. We got more guys banged up then healthy.

0 points
0
0
flackcatcher's picture

October 12, 2018 at 07:40 pm

McCray further injured his shoulder in the opener when the Packers had no one else ready to go. (Don't get started on the short training camp again.....:) OL was always going to be thin for the first half of the season. If the Packers could they would sit Bulaga, but that is not an option for Spriggs has been playing injured too. Thinnest position on the team. IAMGUTE did try to fill in the last draft, but the kid they drafted walked away from football, and the other simply could not make the jump to the pro level. Packers have no choice but to play on....

0 points
0
0
LeotisHarris's picture

October 12, 2018 at 10:18 pm

Good to have Byron as a speed bump at guard. He won't stop guys, but he's slow 'em down.

Why not bring Jahari Evans back to camp? How hard would that have been?

0 points
0
0