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February

T.J. Lang: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Packers offensive lineman TJ Lang

TJ Lang

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.

2) Profile:

T.J. (Thomas John) Lang Jr.

Position: OG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 318 lbs.
AGE: 24

Career Stats:

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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13 Responses to “T.J. Lang: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. JimR_in_DC says:

    I’m so glad Colledge in gone. Lang >> Colledge.

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  2. Bearmeat Bearmeat says:

    If Lang is 191 pounds, then I’ve got to get me some new glasses! :) He’s a BIG boy.

    As a matter of fact, I think Shields may be the only guy on the team under 200….

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  3. Chad Lundberg says:

    Just comes to show how valuable it is to draft players that are talented, not needed, because eventually, the WILL be needed.

    Can’t believe we replaced Daryn Colledge that easily. Makes me wonder just how easily we’d be able to replace A.J. Hawk.

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    • Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

      Maybe we already have with DJ Smith…

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      • JimR_in_DC says:

        Boom! :D

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      • Zack says:

        agreed with DJ Smith for an immediate replacement… although I would prefer to get someone more solid in the next couple years. I don’t know if he’s a long term answer. then again maybe I’m just getting greedy. Guess we can’t have pro bowl caliber players at every position.

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  4. ELong says:

    Lang is a great example of Ted’s philosophy. Now let’s go sign some veteran D-Lineman!

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  5. Ron LC says:

    Ater some issues with Campen 2010. TJ showed everyone he is a player. GB once again has the best G duo in the NFL. It’s like it was before TT let Marco and Wahle go.

    I guess B+ is ok for the whole year. Near the end of the year he was playing at an A.

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    • Pete Kliman says:

      I hope you’re right that was an awesome offense,loved watching Green and that line work. Until 4-27. That’s why we need to get more balanced this off season.D wins champ. ,especially in Lambeau

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  6. Oppy says:

    I love the fact the TJ has centered himself, matured, and dedicated himself to family and football. It shows- I don’t see how anyone could have expected him to have a better first year starting. Great Job, TJ.

    But I really, really miss the TJ Lang that was wandering around Superbowl week cracking jokes constantly like a class clown, the TJ Lang getting cabbage chucked at his head.

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  7. Merle McDuffy says:

    I believe that in the Giant’s game he got blown up on a crossover on Umenyiora’s strip of Rodgers. A game changing play. Maybe it doesn’t count because Usi didn’t line up over him.

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  8. john driscoll austin texas says:

    Lang seems to be a tougher, meaner, versatile OL with a fine career looming ahed, but Packers did manage to win a title with Colledge

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