1) Introduction: Evan Dietrich-Smith has the good fortune of owning a Super Bowl ring. After being cut in the 2010 preseason, the Packers re-signed him in late December of that year to replace the IR’d Marshall Newhouse on the roster. Smith got the pleasure of watching his teammates win the Super Bowl. To the surprise of some, Smith made the roster in 2011 as the primary backup at center and guard.
Evan Blake Dietrich-Smith
Weight: 308 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season: Frankly, after tagging along for the Super Bowl ride on the bench, Smith was expected to lose his battle with Nick McDonald as the Packers’ backup center. Why would the Packers have used a roster spot on McDonald the entire 2010 season, if they didn’t have future plans for him? Dietrich-Smith persevered, however, and McDonald was waived.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: His season high point had to be getting Ndamukong Suh so pissed that he stomped on Dietrich-Smith and got ejected from the game. The lowlight had to be in Kansas City, entering the game when Derrick Sherrod broke his leg and promptly giving up a sack on third down two plays later.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Dietrich-Smith appeared in 8 games this season, with three starts. In his limited action, Smith gave up 4 sacks, second most on the team. He was also called for 5 penalties.