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.