You may have come across the news this week that the Green Bay Packers are set to make history with tackle Jared Veldheer, who could become the first player to ever play for two different teams in the same postseason. And we aren’t even to the conference championship games yet. Don’t lose faith Jared, you could be on the Rams yet. In fact, Veldheer started for the Indianapolis Colts at left tackle last weekend and it is possible he will start at left tackle this Saturday against the LA Rams.
The Packers lost premier left tackle David Bakhtiari to a torn ACL at the end of the season and veteran backup, swing option Ricky Wagner has been limited in practice with knee issues. Veldheer was signed as insurance or depth but Green Bay could cash in on that immediately.
Here’s how PackersNews.com described one possible reason for signing Veldheer and keeping Wagner on the field at right tackle:
A less-likely scenario with Veldheer, but one LaFleur could consider if Wagner is healthy enough to play, is to start Veldheer at left tackle and move Billy Turner back to right guard. That would give him his three best linemen – Elgton Jenkins, Corey Linsley and Turner – in the middle to deal with Donald.
Veldheer started at left tackle for the Colts in their playoff loss Saturday at Buffalo and played some left tackle for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. His performance against the Bills was remarkably good given he had not played a down all year. He allowed two pressures and no sacks single-blocking mostly against Mario Addison and AJ Epenesa.
Bakhtiari missed four games during the regular season, including three in the middle of the year. How did Aaron Rodgers play without his elite blindside blocker? He had 15 touchdowns, zero interceptions and was only sacked three times.