1) Introduction: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers often had positive things to say about Evan Dietrich-Smith on his weekly radio show. Rodgers made it sound like Dietrich-Smith may not have taken football as seriously as he should have early in his career, but now has seen the light. I’d like to think Dietrich-Smith finally got one too many tattoos and decided to take his anger out on opposing teams, but Rodgers probably knows more than me in this situation, so we should go with the quarterback’s story.
- Age: 26
- Born: 07/19/1986, in Salinas, CA
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 308
- College: Idaho St.
- Rookie Year: 2009
- NFL Experience: 4 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: The “sixth man” on the offensive line. The sixth man usually sees the field at some point during the season, and that’s what happened for Dietrich-Smith.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Dietrich-Smith got going once he replaced Jeff Saturday as the starting center. He’s a little small, but his physicality was a nice addition up front and he picked up the offense and line calls without a problem. Dietrich-Smith’s lowlights mostly came during his four-plus games at left guard, where he allowed all three of his sacks and racked up five penalties, according to Bob McGinn.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: According to Pro Football Focus, Dietrich-Smith finished with a positive run-blocking grade the first eight games he played. Unfortunately, his final four games were all graded negatively. Did Dietrich-Smith play well enough to lock down the starting job next season? Depends who’s on the board when the Packers pick in the April draft. If Dietrich-Smith is the guy, it won’t make me very nervous.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: For some reason, Dietrich-Smith appeared to be asleep against the Vikings in the wild-card round. He nearly got Ryan Grant killed a few times and was generally a mess. He was better against San Francisco.
Season Report Card:
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(D+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C+——————