We saw this one coming. Or at least Shawn did. The Green Bay Packers have officially named J.C. Tretter their starting center.
He replaces two-year starter Corey Linsley, who has spent the entirety of training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
If you feel like you’ve heard this one before, you have, only in reverse.
Two years ago, Tretter was slated to be the starting center. He got injured in the preseason, Linsley got the job and didn’t relinquish it.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy made it official on Monday.
“J.C. Tretter has had an excellent camp,” McCarthy said. “I think I’ve answered that question repeatedly and J.C., in my view, has earned the starting position at center. Availability is a big part of what you look for in your players.
“It’s unfortunate what Corey is going through and continuing to battle to get back out there. But there’s been a lot of time that’s gone by since he’s been out there. I think J.C. has done an excellent job.”
Tretter has indeed done an excellent job.
He brings something completely different than Linsley to the table. Linsley is known for his toughness and for being a bit of a brawler. Tretter brings more athleticism, quickness and intelligence to the position. He is one of the big reasons the Packers’ offensive line has looked so good this preseason.
Tretter is able to do his job on the first level and then get out to the second and take care of a linebacker. That type of ability makes the running game more efficient.
This was the right move for the Packers.