The Lass Word: Like Your Centers Tough? You're Gonna Love Josh Myers

Rookie has the chops to start right away.

The most important rookie in the Green Bay Packers training camp this summer is not first round draft pick Eric Stokes.  It’s not receiver Amari Rodgers.  The most important rookie, and it’s not even close, is center Josh Myers.  In fact, he may be the key to the entire offensive line. 

 

How significant is Myers to the Packers?  Consider this.  They drafted him in the second round.  Centers don’t get drafted in the second round.  The last time Green Bay drafted a center that high was in 1967, when Vince Lombardi took Bob Hyland in the first round.  (It is true that the Packers took Elgton Jenkins in the second round in 2019.  He played center at Mississippi State, but Green Bay always projected him as a guard.)  

 

It is critical that Myers be good enough to start this year.  That would allow Jenkins to fill in at left tackle until David Bakhtiari can return.  If Myers can’t start, Jenkins will have to play center, meaning Billy Turner has to play left tackle, and then it’s fill-in-the-blank on the right side.   

 

Is Myers talented enough?  Ohio State offered him a football scholarship when he was a freshman in high school.   Urban Meyer, then the coach of the Buckeyes and now coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars, made the offer after watching tape of the youngster.  In 2020 he was first team all Big Ten, 2nd team All American. 

 

He’s also a leader, another requirement of the position.  He was voted captain at Ohio State.  And you could say he was born to play center.  His grandfather was a center.  His father was a center.  His brother was a center.  He has a sense of loyalty, respect and tradition.  He honored his father by wearing dad’s jersey number (71) throughout college, except for one game, when he wore number 50 to pay tribute to his grandfather.  He continues to wear 71 for the Packers.

 

But mostly, he is tough.  He had to be.  He grew up constantly rough housing with older brothers Zach and Brett.  According to an article by Nathan Baird for Cleveland.com, Josh was playing tackle football in the backyard with his siblings about ten years ago.  The 13 year old beat his brother Zach, five years his senior, on a pass route.  Josh proceeded to trash talk his bro, which led to a shove, and a fight.  Apparently, Zach threw him into the basement wall, splitting open a big wound in his head.  Go to the hospital?  Nah.  Josh’s mother, a physician, stitched him up in the living room, and Josh went on about his business. 

 

Tough kid. 

 

On the last play of the 2020 Big Ten championship game, Myers suffered a turf toe injury.  Anyone familiar with those knows how painful they can be and how long they take to heal.  Writer Baird picks up the story from there:  

 

 “Myers rehabbed non-stop for the playoff semifinal against Clemson. He could not practice and only managed a couple of walk-throughs. Midway through the third quarter, after planting his left foot to redirect and pick up a block on an outside zone play, he felt a “pop.”  That was the sesamoid bone in his big toe breaking in multiple places, and a tendon avulsion pulling off of the bone. Myers finished the game, then spent the next 10 days underselling the extent of the injury to Ohio State’s medical team.” 

 

Tough kid. 

 

Eventually, the foot injury required surgery.  He was still taking rehab treatments as late as Packers’ rookie mini-camp.  No problem.  He sucked it up and took most of the first team reps with the offense during OTAs. It’s clear the Packers feel he can step in and start.   

 

I love this guy already.  I’m pulling for him.  Is he the answer at center?  One thing is for sure.  It won’t be too tough for him. 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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fordguy's picture

July 22, 2021 at 03:25 pm

Everyone loves a tough OL guy, but hopes that tough guy doesn't become dumb guy and end up IR guy because of playing through a injury. Great bloodlines of OL centers and gets his dads number with the Packers. GP

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jannes bjornson's picture

July 22, 2021 at 05:39 pm

The best center from this draft. If he stays healthy, he should be a Pro Bowler/All-Pro guy. Stronger than Lindsley and Tretter.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

July 23, 2021 at 02:18 am

Linsley always was often considered one of and usually the strongest Packer player in the locker room. Corey put up 36 reps at the combine. Myers put up 29. There is still the lower body to consider in the equation, but Linsley's power lifts and squat numbers used to get attention.

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CoachDino's picture

July 23, 2021 at 02:34 am

fair statement, in boxing everyone wants to be the toughest, being the toughest but not good is not an asset, its a recipe for prolonged beatings.

In Myers situation toughness vs long term health is when coaches are needed to step in, force a trip to the trainer, who refers to the doctor...If he was allowed to sit out of practices they knew what the issue was.

Think Tampa knew about Tom's MCL?

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MITM's picture

July 22, 2021 at 03:34 pm

Quick story about Myers. Recently I was watching the replay of last years CFB chanmpionship where Ohio St lost to Alabama. I was watching at the end of the game players on OSU didn't seem to show much emotion there were a ton of smiles and what not. I remember thinking to myself "how could you not be upset about losing the national championship?" FINALLY they showed 1 single OSU player sitting on the bench all alone crying his eyes out. It was Josh Myers. Just a small thing like that told me alot about his character as a football player.

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mbpacker's picture

July 22, 2021 at 04:48 pm

Yeah, I am sure Josh and his family breaths, eats, and sleeps football! Looks like he's had a lifetime of experiences where he is one big mass of forged steel. I'm more interested in him picking up the playbook and mental aspects of the pro game. Go Josh Go!

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 22, 2021 at 04:55 pm

The losers of the game should never be on the field celebrating with the winners. Meyers knows it and is also likely crying because his teammates don't understand it. Whatever gets you in that Instagram or Twitter photo, right, losers? Look, I just lost, and I'm celebrating, give me some likes!

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:08 pm

WHAT?

You are a goofy guy.

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:46 pm

Let me make it simple for you. This is how a losing team celebrates with the winners.

https://youtube.com/clip/UgzaFec_m8_VoL9goDJ4AaABCQ

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Leatherhead's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:53 pm

Although I played against some people I liked and respected, I never felt like celebrating a loss.

But again, it’s been a long time since I cried over a game. If you give it everything you have, you can be proud regardless of the outcome. No need for tears.

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Coldworld's picture

July 22, 2021 at 07:17 pm

A loss is never something I celebrated but you knew you wanted the people who felt the same way around you not those that shrugged and walked away.

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gr7070's picture

July 22, 2021 at 05:01 pm

I couldn't care less if he's crying, throwing things or looking forward to going home and fishing.

I just want him to be really good at center. That's what matters.

All these anecdotes are stupid and worthless. There's all types; some people are just better at football, regardless.

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MITM's picture

July 22, 2021 at 05:51 pm

And I couldn't care less what YOU couldn't care less about. I mentioned his football character, I didn't say BRO HE'S GONNA BE GOOD CUZ HE WAS CRYING. He IS going to be good though so long as he is healthy.

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gr7070's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:47 pm

It was a delightful story, though.

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gr7070's picture

July 22, 2021 at 04:57 pm

I couldn't care less. I just want them to be good at center.

Pass blocking first, run blocking second.

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Coldworld's picture

July 22, 2021 at 04:59 pm

Interesting background. I do like the fact that he has leadership attributes and mental acuity on top of the toughness. Center may not require the elite athleticism, though it certainly helps, but it does require the ability to read opponents and smarts as well as the confidence to make calls as a result. I like this choice more as I learn more.

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jannes bjornson's picture

July 22, 2021 at 05:43 pm

He is a two pick for a reason, just like Jenkins this dude is the real deal.

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GregC's picture

July 22, 2021 at 05:30 pm

Nice stories, but it is a little disturbing to learn that he suffered such a bad foot injury at the end of last season.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

July 23, 2021 at 02:13 am

Yet the Packers selected Myers instead of Creed Humphrey. So far, they've done pretty well with OL, so let's hope their evaluation is correct. Or it may be that they liked both but thought Myers was a little more X than Humphrey even if Humphrey brought a little more Y.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:12 pm

Linsley was a late rounder with intangibles off the charts...leader, intelligent, tough, and strong as an ox at the point.

Sound familiar with Myers?

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Leatherhead's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:36 pm

I think he’s the putative starter at center. The Packers organization has a long history of solid centers. Linsley, Tretter, Wells, Flanagan….

Line coaches will tell you that center is the second most important position on the line, because they handle the ball on every play, help both guards, and call out blocking adjustments at the line. A good center makes both guards better, the QB better, and the RB better, so if Myers is a good one it would really help the team.

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stockholder's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:38 pm

Loved the write up. Very Positive. But Give him Time. It's a mistake to rush him. The last thing he needs; is to get hurt. Patrick will start at center just for that reason.

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CoachDino's picture

July 22, 2021 at 06:55 pm

Though Both jenkins and Myers were projected as Center/Guard the point made in the article has some validity IMO, as Myers was drafted to play center day 1 where jenkins presumably was drafted as a guy who could play guard until he replaced linsly at center if guard didn't pan out. To me Myers pick was a bit of desperation were Elton was drafted much higher (more than 50% higher) in the second due to his overall ability ceiling. just my Opinion.

IMO there are plenty of positives written here.
1) He has the performance credentials (1st team Conference 2nd team National)
2) IQ - Quickly picked up all the line calls in his College Career
3) Character - Team Captain
4) Intangibles - Toughness on field and with injuries, Commitment to excellence - It means something to me to see a guy pissed off about losing the biggest game of his career when his teammates seemed just happy to of been there. That's the ability to understand how critical/important/fleeting opportunities can be.

Ken is right he is the most important rookie on the team (by far) - unless injuries forces Stokes to start at corner, just due to positional value.

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Turophile's picture

July 22, 2021 at 08:16 pm

............and remember, when Myers was drafted, centers Creed Humphrey (with a RAS of 10.00 !) and Quinn Meinerz (who dominated at the Senior Bowl) were both still available. Humphrey went with the next pick, after the Packers took Myers.

That says something about how much the Packers liked Myers.

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PatrickGB's picture

July 23, 2021 at 10:45 am

I thought that Creed would be the better pick. Myers seemed a bit tall for the position. But what do I know?

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jhonny022117's picture

August 09, 2021 at 09:28 am

Josh Myers was great and this story is very nice! Though the injury he had taken is serious, I hope he will be back at the game soon! https://www.concretecontractorsfortsmith.com

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