Packers Marshall Newhouse: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

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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?

2) Profile:

Marshall Newhouse

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 09/29/1988, in Richardson, TX
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 319
  • College: TCU
  • Rookie Year: 2010
  • NFL Experience: 3 years

Career Stats and more:

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

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  • JimR_in_DC

    I really hope we get better at LT this season.

  • AlMatthews

    A C might be a bit high, but I guess Newhouse did enough in the playoffs to at least merit an average grade.

    I too hope the Pack gets better at LT next year, whether it is Sherrod finally getting on the field or Newhouse somehow playing beyond what he has shown thus far.

  • PatMc

    At least Newhouse was consistent. I too hope that LT is a real contest between Sherrod, Newhouse, the kid from Florida and the other Tackles and it becomes a position of strenth and consistency.

    Go Pack GO!

  • Ron LC

    Newhouse still hasn’t resolved his weaknes in handling “Speed Rushers.” He too needs to get a little stronger.

    • Stroh

      Getting stronger won’t help vs speed rushers. He shut down Jared Allen for 2 games at end of year ans Allen’s a speed rusher. More strength doesn’t help vs speed anyway.

  • Scott 1956

    He has given up an average of 11 sacks a year. And you gave him a “C”? He’s horrible! You said that he was “the best lineman down the stretch”! Really? The reason he was doing better at the end of the season, was because he was getting more help! He’s a back-up at best. And his grade should be no higher than “D”!

  • Stroh

    In ’11 Newhouse was clearly the weak link on the OL. This year he basically played w/o getting alot of help, since Bulaga struggled alot and then Barclay needed help every game. So Newhouse didn’t get much help like he did previous years. I think he’ll continue to get better in pass protection, but he’ll always be a little soft in run blocking. Sherrod is the same way just played in the SEC so was a more proven pass blocker, than Newhouse who was really raw entering the NFL. I’m not certain SHerrod will ever be any better than Newhouse. Neither is known for being a strong run blocking, but both are athletic and should develop into good pass blockers. Given all the time Sherrod has missed it might be awhile before he might pass Newhouse on the depth chart. ANd I don’t expect Thompson to use another 1st on an OT, that would make 3 in 4 years, unless Sherrod’s career is finished before it started. And a 7th round pick (Datko) that was projected as a better RT than LT isn’t going to beat out Newhouse either.

    Newhouse is probably going to be the LT for at least another year and should continue to get better in pass protection. Not so much in run blocking…

    • mike sherman

      Great comment Stroh. I’m holding out hope that Sherrod is able to make a full recovery and play well this year, but thats far from a guarentee. Give TT credit for getting Newhouse in the 5th round and solidying our OL with a solid pass blocker. Newhouse is a lot like Chad Clifton was when Clifton was at the end of his career. A solid pass blocker that wont throw a block in the running game. Finesse guy. I always put up with Clifton’s terrible effort run blocking and wouldn’t complain because he could pass block with the best of them. Newhouse is not even close the pass blocker Clifton was in his prime, but he’s cheap so i hold my tongue. Sherrod was supposed to finally be the LT that could pass block like a pro and clear a hole for running backs….. Its why i was so happy we drafted him. We finally had a complete LT for the first time in my life. I’m still holding onto that hope and won’t give up yet. Until Sherrod is back, we are fortunate Newhouse can protect Rodgers adequately.

  • Oldresorter

    Sherrod has not beaten out Newhouse when healthy, I would have to guess, all his injuries will set him back, relative to Newhouse getting two years of experience as a starter. My best case hope for Sherrod is that he could beat out Barclay as the 6th starter (which lets face it, we need a good one). Newhouse reminds me of Lang, not a world beater, but just good enough to play. Newhouse has a contract coming up soon, I wonder if we will pay him Lang type money???