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Green Bay up 11
After missing the last three games with an ankle injury, Pro Bowl left guard Elgton Jenkins returned to practice this week in a limited fashion. Jenkins had been subbing at left tackle for David Bakhtiari, but with Yosh Nijman playing so well at left tackle, Jenkins might instead return to his normal left guard spot this week against a tough Chicago defensive front seven. In other news, center Lucas Patrick played 100% of snaps last week against Cincinnati while rookie Josh Myers healed his finger. Myers has been practicing in full this week and is included in the ranks. This line is getting healthier, while many others are going in the opposite direction. They grade inside the top three and have even more upside for improvement in a few weeks when Bakhtiari returns to full health.
LA Rams up 5
Ten days after their double-digit win over division rivals Seattle, this Rams' line gets an ability-based upgrade. The group is led by the bookend pairing of left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right tackle Rob Havenstein, each with one sack given up on the season. In addition, their guards are also underrated, particularly in pass protection. This Rams' offensive line has been known as a mauling group in the past but this year's version is protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford, allowing him to survey the field for deep routes. The Rams' line grades out sixth this week's rankings, prior to facing a vulnerable NY Giants' defensive front.
Philadelphia up 13
With right tackle Lane Johnson away from the team for personal reasons, Jordan Mailata played right tackle, 100% of snaps in the road win at Carolina. The Eagles' line has been ravaged by injury in the early season, with only center Jason Kelce starting in his original spot from the season opener. Mailata, who had started the year at left tackle, then missed a game with a neck injury, returned last week and the Eagles were able to trot out their best five lineup of Andre Dillard - Landon Dickerson - Kelce - Jack Driscoll - Mailata. Dillard is a natural left tackle and Mailata's versatility has helped the coaching staff. The line faces a tough matchup at home this Thursday against the Buccaneers, but they grade out thirteenth in the latest rankings.
Carolina up 5
The Panthers' offensive line saw two starters return to practice this week in left tackle Cameron Erving (neck) and left guard Pat Elflein (hamstring). Last week, the Panthers slid right tackle Taylor Moton to the left side and gave rookie Brady Christensen his first career start at right tackle. Erving has been practicing in full and while Moton can play a decent left tackle, he can be dominant at the right side. Pat Elflein was designated for return from the injured reserve and officially has 21 days to rejoin the roster. Still, there's a real chance Elflein sends Dennis Daley to the bench this week as the team travels to Minnesota. This line ranks 22nd in the latest grades.
Pittsburgh up 8
The FBG offensive line model standardizes grades for rookies during the first month of the season based on their draft slot. This policy was based on the philosophy that there was no NFL film for these players and it often works out fine. But every so often, a player drafted in the middle rounds starts instantly and outperforms their draft slot. Such is the case with Pittsburgh left tackle Dan Moore. Drafted in the fourth round out of Texas A&M, Moore was first viewed as a developmental prospect, possibly taking a redshirt season. Moore played well in the preseason, beating Joe Haeg for the swing tackle role. When Zach Banner went on injured reserve, the team moved Chuk Okorofor to right tackle and gave Moore his shot at left tackle. Through five games, Moore has proven himself a mauler in both phases in the game. His grade has been upgraded to be at least starter quality, with upside for more. The Steelers' line checks in at 23rd before their home matchup against a vulnerable Seattle defense.
Miami up 2
Could this latest shuffle be the winner? With Austin Jackson struggling mightily at left tackle, the team moved rookie Liam Eichenberg to the blind side, and slid Austin Jackson inside to left guard. Jesse Davis, the glue-guy of this unit, retook his right tackle position. The team took their lumps last week against a strong Tampa Bay defense, but they have a favorable match-up this weekend in London against Jacksonville. The Dolphins' line is still reeling from cohesion changes, but they are trending upward, 27th in this week's rankings.
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