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Packers Beef Up Offensive Line With Byron Bell

The Green Bay Packers added some solid depth to their offensive line by signing tackle/guard Byron Bell on Wednesday.

Bell played a backup role with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, playing in 12 games and starting two. He missed all of 2016 with a foot injury, but was a full-time starter prior to that. Bell started 16 games for the Titans in 2015. He played his first four seasons for the Carolina Panthers, starting 56 games total.

The Packers actually showed interest in Bell last offseason.

Here’s the word the Packers love when it comes to offensive lineman. Bell is versatile. He can play both tackle positions and both guard positions.

It is most likely the Packers are looking at Bell as a backup swing tackle. That essentially means they’re looking at him as a replacement for Bryan Bulaga when he inevitably gets injured.

It’s possible they could also throw Bell into the mix to start at right guard. Although, we still believe Justin McCray has the inside track for that job.

This could be a valuable under the radar signing for the Packers. There are always injuries on the offensive line and having capable guys to plug those holes can’t be underrated.

General manager Brian Gutekunst continues to work. Just last week he signed former Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis.

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  1. Kato May 30, 2018

    Best known as the guy that gave up 6 sacks to Adrian Clayborn last year. Sexy.

    1. Howard May 30, 2018

      In fairness to Bell I think it was Chaz Green that gave up most of those sacks. I think Bell came in for Green and did give up one to Clayborn?

      Bell has experience at both tackle spots. Probably a backup, but what is this saying about Spriggs and Murphy’s off season progress or lack thereof?

      1. TyKo Steamboat May 30, 2018

        Packers traded-up for Spriggs. Whatta bust :(

    2. TyKo Steamboat May 30, 2018

      No. In that game, he allowed only 1 sack

  2. Kato May 30, 2018

    Be prepared for this guy to be your week 1 starting right tackle. People will suddenly remember how good we had it with Bulaga

  3. PF4L May 30, 2018

    I’ll admit i don’t know this guy in any shape or form. What i do wonder though, is with all Carolina’s and Tennessee’s off. line problems, if he was any good, why wouldn’t they keep him around?

    Maybe it has something to do with PFF’s 30 grade on him, idk.

    If he’s good depth, i’m down with that. As long as we didn’t give him a 100% raise from what he made last season.

    Seems like the trend is continuing, quantity over quality. We devote over 3 drafts now to a gluten of def. backs. We draft 3 wide receivers in one draft, 3 running backs in one draft, and we can never have enough UDFA’s, but we like to leave the 0 line alone in the draft while losing our Pro Bowlers.

    Oops, my bad, i forgot we traded up for Spriggs. So we got that going for us.

    Yes…lol…my attitude will get better…….when i actually see something ….better.

  4. cz May 31, 2018

    RE: “General manager Brian Gutekunst continues to work. Just last week he signed former Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis”

    i agree. good effort by gute!

    now its up to coaches to get those players to put out their best effort…otherwise, lets get rid of mccarthy once and for all

    1. PF4L June 1, 2018

      CZ…..It’s rare i defend McGriddle or his staff, but at the same time a coaching staff can’t be expected to turn a bunch of UDFA’s or late round rejects, or high round bust into a Championship caliber team, even with Rodgers.