T.J. Lang: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction: We really should call T.J. Lang by “T.V.”, because his middle name is versatility. Over his first two seasons, Lang played both tackle spots, left guard and even some defensive line in short yardage situations. Even after winning the starting left guard spot this season, Lang was moved around and filled in whenever injuries dictated. Unlike Daryn Colledge, who complained about being used in the same way, Lang seems to have handled it just fine and is no worse for wear.
T.J. (Thomas John) Lang Jr.
Weight: 318 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season: Lang was being counted on as the primary candidate to start at left guard, taking the spot vacated by the departed free agent Daryn Colledge. Frankly, his job was only to be at least as good as Colledge was. He was also expected to continue his role as an emergency replacement at every OL position except center.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: According to ProFootballFocus.com, Lang’s best game as a Packer was week 17 against the Lions, possessors of one of the top DLs in the league. He also played very well in the playoff game, allowing just one QB pressure against the equally talented Giants’ DL. His lowlights were early in the season, when he was called for five penalties in the first five games. During that span, he also gave up five of the eleven QB pressures he allowed over 17 games.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Lang came in and won the job easily, holding off a mild challenge from Derek Sherrod. After a bit of a rough start to the season, Lang found his bearings and was a solid and consistent performer the rest of the season. His best games came late in the year against top defensive lines and he allowed only two sacks the entire season. Lang did more than just replace Daryn Colledge, he was a noticeable improvement.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Lang had no penalties, gave up no sacks, no QB hits and only 1 QB pressure against the Giants, while his run blocking was fairly solid as well. Only Josh Sitton had a better game on the offensive line, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
Season Report Card:
(B+) Level of expectations met during the season
(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B+——————
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