Bryan Bulaga: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction: In his rookie season, Bryan Bulaga was thrust into a starting role when Mark Tauscher was lost for the season. Only 21 years old, Bulaga started the last 12 games of 2010 and along with Chad Clifton was a big part of the Packers’ success in their playoff run and Super Bowl Championship.
Bryan Joseph Bulaga
Weight: 314 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season: Expectations for Bulaga were simply for him to pick up where he had left off, avoid a sophomore slump and instead continue to show improvement in his second season.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: This seems to be a common theme among the offensive lineman, but Bulaga’s high point was game one against the Saints. (I’m going to have to go back and watch that game again, just for the OL play). Bulaga was near perfect that game, allowing only a single quarterback pressure while showing some strong blocking in the Packers 23 runs that game. Bulaga’s low-light was the Detroit Thanksgiving game, where he gave up his only sack of the year, one of his only QB hits of the year and was called for two penalties.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: After giving up 11 sacks as a rookie, Bulaga was one sack away from a clean slate in 2011. According to ProFootballFocus,com, he also only gave up 2 QB hits all season, which is just as more impressive. Overall, Bulaga was ranked #3 among all offensive tackles in the NFL
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Bulaga didn’t have his best game in the playoffs. Although he didn’t give up any sacks, he did allow 3 QB pressures and struggled a bit with pass protection against the Giants’ speed rushers. It also graded out as his worst game in run blocking as well.
Season Report Card:
(A) Level of expectations met during the season
(B+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B+——————
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