1) Introduction: J.C. Tretter was expected to be the Packers’ starting center in 2014 following the departure of the former starter, Evan Dietrich-Smith. Tretter missed all of 2013 with a broken bone in his lower leg, so he entered 2014 with a huge unknown cloud over him. A strong preseason led many to believe he was the answer to the revolving door at center.
- Age: 23
- Born: 2/12/1991 in Akron, New York
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 307
- College: Cornell
- Rookie Year: 2013
- NFL Experience: 2 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Tretter was named the starting center during the 2014 off season basically by default following the loss of former starter Evan Dietrich-Smith via free agency. Expectations were high for him, and he showed during the preseason that he was of starting caliber for an NFL center. However, he broke a bone in his leg for the second straight year, ending his chances of making the final 53-man roster out of training camp once again. He was placed on the designated to return injured list, and he was activated from the list at the beginning of November. During his time on the list, he lost his starting position to rookie Corey Linsley, who never looked back and is a lock to start again in 2015.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: After being activated from the injured list, he saw time in mop-up roles at multiple tackle and guard positions. Even though his natural position in college was tackle, his transition to NFL center made him seem out of place while playing NFL guard and tackle. He was soundly beat during the Philadelphia Eagles game and drew a personal foul and heavy fine for a leg whip. He also replaced right tackle Bryan Bulaga in the Buffalo Bills game, due to a concussion, and he yielded the game-ending sack and safety to Mario Williams in one of the worst mismatches of the day.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: 2014 will be the season of what could have been. If not for his injury, he may have been just as successful as Corey Linsley. Unfortunately, we’ll never know. He was counted upon to back up multiple positions along the line, and that’s a difficult task, which showed in his game play, which was sub-par at many times.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: N/A
7) Intangibles: He went to Cornell, so he’s a smart dude.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(Inc) Level of expectations met during the season.
(Inc) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(Inc) Contributions to team during the playoffs.
Overall Grade: Inc——————