Packers T.J. Lang: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction: Armed with a new four-year contract, T.J. Lang was excellent early in the season. Then he tore a ligament in his elbow in game five and regressed a little bit. Having to fill in at right tackle didn’t help matters, either. Overall, though, Lang had a good season and he’s another player the Packers don’t have to worry about when it comes to toughness and attitude.
- Age: 25
- Born: 09/20/1987, in Royal Oak, MI
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 318
- College: Eastern Michigan
- Rookie Year: 2009
- NFL Experience: 4 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Teams don’t hand out four-year extensions to bad players (well, smart teams don’t, anyway). The Packers had high expectations for Lang and, for the most part, Lang proved he was worth his new deal. I’d rather not see Lang moved to tackle ever again, but it’s not like he was a total disaster out there. His flexibility is another asset.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: The Cardinals have a decent defensive line, but Lang might have had his best game against Arizona in week 9. He earned a season-best 4.6 grade for that performance from Pro Football Focus despite having to fill in at tackle once Bryan Bulaga went down. Quicker defensive lineman give Lang a little bit of trouble, but he’s capable of using his brain to work around those shortcomings.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: The offensive line was shaky early, but Lang was excellent. If Lang stumbled out of the gate, who knows what direction the Packers season may have turned? Josh Sitton was the only Packers offensive lineman who could say he played well for a full season. Lang can’t quite say that, but he looks capable of reaching that level.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As well as the offensive line played in the postseason, you’d think the Packers would be in the Super Bowl. Like most of the rest of his linemates, Lang was solid and kept pushing to the bitter end in the postseason.
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-——————