1) Introduction: Marshall Newhouse may have been the Packers best offensive lineman down the stretch. But overall, his numbers were about the same as they were a season ago, when Newhouse was a struggling first-year starter. Was Newhouse’s strong finish a sign of good things to come? Or just an average player having a good three-game run?
- Age: 24
- Born: 09/29/1988, in Richardson, TX
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 319
- College: TCU
- Rookie Year: 2010
- NFL Experience: 3 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Improvement. It took a little while, but Newhouse got better at the end of the season. He handled Jared Allen in consecutive weeks and was decent against the 49ers in the playoff loss. Newhouse is kind of the Jeff Saturday of tackles: he’s good enough at pass blocking, but gets mauled too often trying to run block.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Newhouse’s highlights were definitely his two-week run against Allen and the Vikings at the end of the season. Actually, overall, Newhouse had a very good season pass blocking, registering just six weeks with a negative pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus. Newhouse’s worst stretch came in week 12-15 where he looked lost for some reason.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: In a passing offense, you need tackles who can pass block. Newhouse can pass block. He’s not a shut-down blocker, but he’s good enough to do the job. Will the job be his next season? Depends on the draft, depends on Derek Sherrod, and depends if Mike McCarthy wants a more physical and run-blocking line.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Jared Allen was active in the wild-card game despite a bum shoulder, but thanks to Newhouse, you wouldn’t know it. Newhouse was also decent against the 49ers.
Season Report Card:
(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C——————