Offensive lineman JC Tretter's injury-marred rookie season undoubtedly left him feeling unfulfilled in 2013. In 2014, he'll have a chance of being Green Bay's starting center.
Packers offensive lineman JC Tretter saw his rookie season washed out in 2013 when he broke his ankle in his first-ever practice in a Green Bay uniform.
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Looking live: JC Tretter was the second of two offensive linemen selected by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, 13 spots behind David Bakhtiari. But unlike Bakhtiari, whom Green Bay knew would play tackle, Tretter was somewhat positionless. "All I know is they're going to move me around a little bit and see where I fit best, but I'm just learning all the positions and I'll go from there," Tretter said on May 10, 2013. Coach Mike McCarthy refused to make a decision on Tretter's position early on. Unfortunately for Tretter, all plans for him were put on hold when he broke his ankle in his first-ever practice in a Packers uniform. Green Bay immediately ruled Tretter out for all of the organized team activities, but a realistic expectation had him out much longer than that. As expected, Tretter was placed on the preseason physically unable to perform list and did not participate at all. "I definitely know that he won't be ready for the (start of the regular) season," McCarthy said after the first day of training camp practices. "As far as what point in the season, that hasn't been expressed."
Upon further review: Tretter finally got onto the practice field on Nov. 20, more than six months after breaking his ankle. "It's good to see JC out there; I told him he looked good in his uniform," McCarthy said on that day. "He just had a helmet on. It's good to have him out there. He did the individual work. We've sat down and laid out a three-week plan. We're going to try to move along and give him a little more each day. But he looks good. Looks very good." Just that alone was encouraging news for Tretter. At the conclusion of that three-week plan, the Packers activated Tretter from the reserve/PUP list, taking the roster spot of injured wide receiver Myles White. "I knew if there was going to be a chance for me, if there was any chance I was going to be able to do it, I would be able to do it," Tretter said on Dec. 11, 2013. "I knew if there was just a .001 chance of me being able to get back this year, I knew I was going to take advantage of that .001 chance. If anybody was going to be able to do it, I knew I was going to be the one to do it." There was no guarantee from McCarthy, though, that Tretter would actually play in a game. Tretter stayed on the active roster for the rest of the season, but he never did end up playing in a game.
Status for 2014: Ninety-nine percent chance of being on the Packers' active roster to begin the 2014 season. The most likely scenario for Tretter next season is that he's Green Bay's starting center. With Evan Dietrich-Smith signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tretter is the logical next man up. However, Tretter will compete for the job with Don Barclay, as well as possibly starting guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. Tretter at center is something that was discussed from the very first day that he entered the Packers locker room after getting drafted. Tretter went to college at Cornell, so there's a lot of confidence within the organization that he can grasp the offense from the mental side of things. Tretter is also more athletic than Dietrich-Smith and would likely make a difficult Year 2 transition to starting center seem relatively easy.