Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: Week 16

Offensive line related news, injuries and updates, prior to week sixteen of the regular season.

UPGRADES

LA Chargers up 13

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga participated in full this week. He will have had ten days off after missing last week's Thursday Night Football win with a concussion. While Bulaga has not formally passed the league's protocols as of press time, the veteran player appears on track to start this week. Bulaga has not been the most reliable player this year but the pass protection has been noticeably improved for the nine games he started so far. This move would place Storm Norton on the bench and raise the Chargers' offensive line grade to 10th overall. They face a vulnerable Denver defensive front at home this Sunday.

Pittsburgh up 1

It's hard to upgrade this line after their most recent performance against Cincinnati on Monday Night Football. However, without both Matt Feiler (pectoral - IR) and Kevin Dotson (shoulder), the team gave J.C. Hassenauer and Derwin Gray a 3:1 split at left guard. This upgrade is based on the projection that Dotson, the fourth-round rookie out of Louisiana, will start this week against Indianapolis. Dotson practiced in full this week, and the team needs him against a rugged Colts' defensive front. This would be Dotson's third career start. It's not an especially favorable match-up, but expect the Steelers' line to be more reliable this week, 3rd in the latest rankings.

Jacksonville up 13

Left guard Andrew Norwell broke his forearm during a Week 10 loss to Pittsburgh and he was placed on injured reserve. However, Norwell recovered in quick fashion and was able to return to the lineup last week against Baltimore. Norwell played 100% of snaps in the contest after missing a calendar month. This allowed Tyler Shatley to start at center and Ben Bartch to go back to the bench. Due to dysfunction at the other positions, it's not clear that the Jacksonville offense will be able to function against Chicago this week, or any other defense. But those looking for optimism can find it along the offensive line, which ranks 13th in this week's rankings.

Kansas City up 5

The coaches shuffled the lineup last week against New Orleans, as the usual left guard Andrew Wylie popped out to right tackle and played 100% of snaps for Mike Remmers (back). The team signed veteran Stefen Wisniewski just prior to the contest, and he played 100% at guard. With Remmers participating in full this week, this Chiefs' offensive line is getting healthier, and they rank 23rd in the current grades. This group should have a favorable matchup against a weakened Atlanta defensive front seven this weekend.

DOWNGRADES

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