Packers Rumors: What’s the plan with Zach Tom in 2023?
Zach Tom played an unexpectedly crucial role for the Green Bay Packers offensive line as a rookie in the 2022 season. He played just shy of 500 snaps and spent time all along the offensive line, seeing at least 80 snaps at four different positions and an addition 14 snaps at right guard as well. He was the definition of a floater.
And it speaks to the talent of the former fourth-round pick out of Wake Forest that he stepped into those roles and managed to put together a great first campaign in the NFL, grading out as one of the better pass blockers in the league and improving throughout the season in the rushing attack as well.
Now that the Packers are fully healthy along the O-line, though, what’s the plan for Tom? Apparently, that hasn’t exactly been decided just yet.
Green Bay offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich spoke to the media along with the rest of the coaching staff recently and said that, with a ton of competition along the right side of the line, that Tom is going to spend time this offseason competing at virtually every spot, right tackle, right guard and even mentioning throwing him in at center to some degree, per Packers Wire.
During the offseason, continuing to move the extremely versatile Tom around in order to find the best role for him as the right side tries to complement the elite duo of David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins over on the left is a worthwhile endeavor.
Having said that, the offseason should be for experimentation. While the Packers have the luxury of being able to move Tom around when needed, be that due to injuries or anything else, the best avenue for his development is to give him a spot and allow him to work more there. Hopefully, Green Bay is able to find that spot in minicamps and training camp in order for that to take effect.