Josh Sitton 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction: The elder statesman on the Packers’ offensive line with 6 seasons under his belt, Sitton has established himself as one of the top guards in the league. Sitton was asked to move from his customary right guard spot to the left side, and despite some initial reluctance and a slow start, validated the coaches’ decision as a good one.
- Age: 27
- Born: 6/16/1986 in Jacksonville, FL
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 318
- College: Central Florida
- Rookie Year: 2008
- NFL Experience: 6 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Sitton was expected to solidify the Packers’ left side after an expected acclimation period, especially in pass blocking. Sitton’s other goal for the year was to show some improvement in his drive blocking, the result of purposely adding 12 pounds in the offseason.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Sitton got off to a slow start and struggled in game one versus the 49ers. Sitton uncharacteristically was called for three penalties and allowed three quarterback hurries in that game, according to ProFootballFocus. You could see he was a little slow to react in pass protection, probably a result of still having to think about things like proper hand and foot placement. While he had higher rated games against some bad defenses like Dallas and Washington, Sitton’s season highlight would come in the playoffs. He acquitted himself nicely against the same team he had been so shaky against. The difference in Sitton’s play from game 1 to game 17 was as big as his belly.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Sitton recovered nicely from that shaky start, got his bearings and looked more comfortable week to week. Over the second half of the season, Sitton was a rock. He made few mistakes and didn’t miss an offensive snap the entire season.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As stated previously, Sitton came up big when it mattered most. He had the difficult task of lining up against Justin Smith much of the game (and occasionally Aldon Smith) yet graded out highly in both run and pass blocking. Sitton gained some measure of personal redemption against the 49ers, even if the team could not.
Season Report Card:
(A-) Level of expectations met during the season
(A) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(A) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: A——————
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