13

February

Derek Sherrod 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

 

1) Introduction: The 32nd pick in round one of the NFL Draft, Derek Sherrod was supposed to be the stud left tackle in Green Bay for the next 10 years.  In my OT ratings for the CheeseheadTV Draft Guide, I ranked him as the second best tackle prospect, behind only Tyron Smith (a Pro Bowl Selection from Dallas this year). I was ecstatic when the Packers drafted Sherrod.

2) Profile:

Derek Sherrod

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 4/23/1989 in Chula Vista, CA
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 321
  • College: West Virginia
  • Rookie Year: 2011
  • NFL Experience: 3 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:   Four words: GET ON THE FIELD. Recovering from the nasty broken leg he suffered in game 5 of his 2011 rookie season, had proven to be much more difficult than most imagined. Could Sherrod be ready for the start of the season?

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Highlight would have to be the six snaps he played at right tackle against Detroit in the Thanksgiving Massacre – his only 6 snaps of the season. Lowlight would be winding up on the PUP list almost two years after his injury.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Nil. Was active for eight games after coming off the PUP list. The pure definition of “bench warmer.”

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: None. Did not play.

Season Report Card:

It’s really not fair to grade Sherrod, so we’ll just give him an “incomplete” and hope he’s “grade-worthy” next season.

(inc) Level of expectations met during the season

(inc) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(inc) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  INCOMPLETE

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12

February

Marshall Newhouse 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

 

Packers Offensive Lineman Marshall Newhouse

Packers Offensive Lineman Marshall Newhouse

1) Introduction: Marshall Newhouse started 31 games for the Packers from 2011-2012, 28 at left tackle. Based on the number of sacks/hits/hurries he allowed, that’s less a compliment to Newhouse and more an indictment of the sorry state of the Packers tackle position, with a big help from the Packers’ recurring injury issues.

2) Profile:

Marshall Newhouse

  • Age: 25
  • Born: 9/29/1988 in Dallas, TX.
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 319
  • College: Texas Christian
  • Rookie Year: 2013
  • NFL Experience: 4 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: Marshall Newhouse entered the 2013 season expected to compete for the starting right tackle spot with Don Barclay.  Newhouse would be looking to regain his mojo and some of the promise he flashed early in his career.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Lowlights? Any game he played a significant number of snaps. In 2.5 games as a starter against the Eagles, Giants and Vikings, Newhouse was credited with a combined 16 QB hits/hurries/sacks. Highlights? Being inactive in 7 games.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Played a total of 261 snaps with two starts when Barclay was injured. Was mysteriously insert at guard for a few plays against the Lions and was then quickly benched.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Played 11 snaps after Baktiari suffered a concussion in the 4th quarter. Did nothing of substance, but also did nothing that really hurt the Packers in that short stint.

 

Season Report Card:

(F) Level of expectations met during the season

(D-) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  D-

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11

February

David Bakhtiari 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Packers OT David Bakhtiari

Packers OT David Bakhtiari

1) Introduction: David Bakhtiari was considered an “add depth” pick taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He was my 17th rated tackle (right after the Bears’ Jordan Mills) mainly because I felt he should have stayed in school one more year and put on some upper body strength. With Derek Sherrod’s return a question mark, Bakhtiari would be looked to serve as back up to starters Bryan Bulaga and Don Barclay.

2) Profile:

David Bakhtiari

  • Age: 22
  • Born: 9/30/1991 in San Mateo, CA.
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 300
  • College: Colorado
  • Rookie Year: 2013
  • NFL Experience: 1 year

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: Be the game day backup for both tackle positions while hitting the weight room hard.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: His highlight had to be in preseason when Aaron Rodgers was asked about the rookie protecting his blind side. Rodgers responded that he hadn’t even give that a thought, meaning Bakhtiari was doing just fine. His lowlight was during the Thanksgiving day massacre, where he was victimized for three of the six sacks the Packers gave up that day.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: After way too many sacks in 2012, the Packers had taken steps to protect Rodgers’ blind side by moving Bulaga and Sitton to the left side. That plan went up in smoke when Bulaga went down for the season. The Packers could have moved Marshall Newhouse or Don Barclay from where they were battling for the right tackle spot. Instead, they didn’t hesitate to slot Bakhtiari in at the all-important left tackle spot. Bakhtiari was adequate as a run blocker, and downright solid as a pass protector with two exceptions – the Lions and 49ers. Bakhtiari gave up 10 sacks in 2013, including playoffs.. Eight of them came against two of the best defensive lines in the league – the Lions and the 49ers. Over the other 13 games, Bakhtiari gave up only 2 sacks. While Bakhtiari had his rookie moments, that was pretty darn good for a rookie fourth round draft choice.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Bakhtiari gave up two sacks and was uncharacteristically called for two penalties against the 49ers.

Season Report Card:

(B+) Level of expectations met during the season

(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(C-) Contributions to team during the playoffs

11

February

TJ Lang 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

 

Packers offensive lineman TJ Lang

Packers OG TJ Lang

1) Introduction: Entering his fifth year with the Packers and third straight as a starter, TJ Lang has proven himself to be the dependable, gritty, tough son-of-a-gun every offensive line needs. He was rewarded with a four year contract extension last season and has not given the Packers any reason to regret that move.

2) Profile:

TJ Lang

  • Age: 26
  • Born: 9/20/1987 in Royal Oak, MI
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 318
  • College: Eastern Michigan
  • Rookie Year: 2009
  • NFL Experience: 5 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  TJ Lang came into 2013 needing to quickly acclimate to the right guard position, previously manned by Josh Sitton. With either inexperienced Don Barclay or shaky Marshall Newhouse as the starting right tackle, Lang would be expected to be the glue to keep the right side of the line together. Lang would also need to be ready, if called upon, to act as an emergency offensive tackle or even center should game day injuries require it.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: While he earned a season-best 4.8 grade from Pro Football Focus for his game 2 performance against the Redskins, perhaps his most impressive day was the following week against Cincinnati. Lang completely shut down the very tough Geno Atkins, leaving him with a string of goose eggs. No tackles, no sacks, no QB hurries… zippo. On the downside, after performing well against the Lions front four in their first meeting, Lang struggled mightily (as did the entire Packers OL) in the rematch on Thanksgiving day.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: The move to the right side seemed to agree with Lang, who showed some improvement in his game in all areas, according to ProFootballFocus. The most notable change was cutting down his sacks allowed, from nine in 2012 to three last season.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Lang was mostly solid against the 49ers, allowing only 2 QB hurries and for the most part, playing well against the very tough 49ers front.

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+

21

January

Report Cards are Coming! Green Bay Packers

Packers Report Cards

Packers Report Cards

It’s that time of year again at ALLGBP.com. We’re putting on a pot of coffee and burning the midnight oil, pouring through the stats, commentary and video footage to put a letter grade on your Green Bay Packers.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing FULL report cards for every Packers player at every position.

Some players will proudly want to run home and show their parents. Others will surely resort to claiming the dog ate it. Either way, the discussions should be epic.

We’re getting right to the heart of the matter, starting out with the defensive side of the ball and the Safety position. That should be fun…

Stay tuned – first one will be published today or tomorrow.

 

 

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29

January

Packers Player Evaluations and Report Cards Start Today

Packers Report Card & Player EvaluationsYes, it’s Packers Report Cards time again. And just like last year, we’re having to start this much sooner than we would have liked. At a time when we should be analyzing the Packers’ chances in the upcoming Super Bowl, we instead find ourselves having have to look back at last season

So as we have done every year, we are once again  undertaking the exhaustive effort of evaluating and grading every player on the Packers roster. We kick things off today with my favorite player, Mason Crosby.

In the spirit of fairness, I have disqualified myself from that evaluation (could I really be objective? no…).

Oh, and one more thing – what makes this enjoyable and rewarding for us, and hopefully for everyone, is your comments. Feel free to call us out if you think we’re off base (BTW, you’re allowed to agree with us too…).

So without further ado (and this wins the prize for shortest post ever on this site) we bring you the:

Packers 2012 Player Evaluations and Report Cards:

Check back at 8AM EST for the Mason Crosby Eval…

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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