Scott Wells: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction: 2010 was the season that Scott Wells found game to game consistency and soon after, recognition. The seventh round draft choice, who became a full-time starter at center in 2006 (his 3rd season), has steadily improved and become the second quarterback on the field, helping to set pass protection at the line of scrimmage.
Scott Darvin Wells
Weight: 300 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season: As Wells entered his eighth season as a Super Bowl champion in the final year of his contract, one could expect Wells to have perhaps the best year of his career. Wells would be looked upon to solidify and guide the way for an increasingly young offensive line.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Well’s highest rated performance of the season, according to ProFootballFocus.com, was week one against the Saints. The overall highlight for him, though, had to be being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time. The lowlight of his season was easily the playoff game against the Giants. In one game, Wells committed as many penalties as he had all season (2) and allowed a third (3) of his season’s nine QB pressures.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Undoubtedly the general of the offensive line, Well’s contributions were in his leadership and new-found consistency. He handled larger, faster, stronger defensive linemen using a combination of picture-perfect techniques that nullified any size or strength disadvantages he may have. His handling of the protection calls resulted in a more disciplined and assignment-sure offensive line in 2011.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As mentioned above, Wells had his most difficult game in the playoffs. That’s not to say he was awful, but his play was not up to the standard that he set all year.
Season Report Card:
(A) Level of expectations met during the season
(A) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B-) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: A-——————
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