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February

Packers T.J. Lang: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

T.J. Lang

Packers G/T T.J. Lang

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.

2) Profile:

T.J. Lang

  • 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

Career Stats and more:

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-

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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February

T.J. Lang: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Packers offensive lineman TJ Lang

TJ Lang

1) Introduction: We really should call T.J. Lang by “T.V.”, because his middle name is versatility. Over his first two seasons, Lang played both tackle spots, left guard and even some defensive line in short yardage situations. Even after winning the starting left guard spot this season, Lang was moved around and filled in whenever injuries dictated. Unlike Daryn Colledge, who complained about being used in the same way, Lang seems to have handled it just fine and is no worse for wear.

2) Profile:

T.J. (Thomas John) Lang Jr.

Position: OG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 318 lbs.
AGE: 24

Career Stats:

3) Expectations coming into the season: Lang was being counted on as the primary candidate to start at left guard, taking the spot vacated by the departed free agent Daryn Colledge. Frankly, his job was only to be at least as good as Colledge was. He was also expected to continue his role as an emergency replacement at every OL position except center.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: According to ProFootballFocus.com, Lang’s best game as a Packer was week 17 against the Lions, possessors of one of the top DLs in the league. He also played very well in the playoff game, allowing just one QB pressure against the equally talented Giants’ DL. His lowlights were early in the season, when he was called for five penalties in the first five games. During that span, he also gave up five of the eleven QB pressures he allowed over 17 games.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Lang came in and won the job easily, holding off a mild challenge from Derek Sherrod. After a bit of a rough start to the season, Lang found his bearings and was a solid and consistent performer the rest of the season. His best games came late in the year against top defensive lines and he allowed only two sacks the entire season. Lang did more than just replace Daryn Colledge, he was a noticeable improvement.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Lang had no penalties, gave up no sacks, no QB hits and only 1 QB pressure against the Giants, while his run blocking was fairly solid as well. Only Josh Sitton had a better game on the offensive line, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

Season Report Card: