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C SCOTT WELLS #63
6' 2" 295 lbs. Tennessee

Exp: 5th NFL Season, 5th Packers Season
Age: 27
Acquired: Free Agent 2004 (D7-04)
Current Status: Active Roster
2007 Bio:
  • Started all 16 games for the first time as a pro in 2006, missing just two offensive snaps all season, when his shoe came off
  • Signed a five-year contract extension last November
  • Started 10 games in 2005, including eight at left guard when the offensive line was shuffled at midseason
  • As a rookie seventh-round pick, was promoted from the practice squad after starter Mike Flanagan went on injured reserve (knee), and wound up playing five games as a rookie, including two starts
  • Consecutive start streak of 49 games was the third longest in college football history among offensive linemen
  • As a prep at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, was ranked as the No. 1 heavyweight wrestler in the nation
  • Enjoys deep-sea fishing, especially in the Gulf Coast area
Pro Summary
  • Fourth-year lineman enters his second year as a starting center with designs on holding down that spot for many years to come
  • Named the starter last spring and proceeded to start all 16 games for the first time as a pro
  • Played at a Pro Bowl level, recognition that wasn't likely to come his way as a full-time starter for the first time, but may as he makes a name for himself in one spot
  • Helped the team out of a jam in 2005, starting out-of-position for eight games at left guard as the line was shuffled midseason, but proved in 2006 that center is his true home
  • Missed only two snaps all season (when his shoe came off), playing a team-high 99.8 percent of the offensive snaps
  • Rewarded with a five-year contract extension last November, an obvious sign the organization expects him to be a long-term center of the same caliber as former Packers veterans Frank Winters and Mike Flanagan
  • Takes tough-as-nails, blue-collar approach to his job and combines a unique blend of intellect and intuitiveness
  • Has developed a quiet confidence that continues to grow now that he's a full-time NFL starter
  • The former wrestler is advanced at using leverage to alter a defender's path
  • Looks shorter and smaller than he really is, making him deceptively powerful and strong but with a valuable low center of gravity
  • Not as experienced as veteran tackles Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton, but assumed a leadership role with the team's young linemen and quickly earned their respect with his work ethic both on the field, in the weight room and in the meeting room
  • His ability to lock on and turn players proved beneficial in the Packers' new zone-blocking scheme, which became an easy adjustment because of his college days at Tennessee
  • Is a reliable technician; takes good angles, moves his feet well and is capable of pulling
  • Is an effective player in open space and in the 'second level' of the defense, able to get past the line of scrimmage and move linebackers
  • In 2005, played every game, with 10 starts (two at center and eight at left guard)
  • After coaches opted to change personnel in midseason, stepped up at the left guard spot - a position he was not accustomed to playing in game competition - and helped boost the Packers' running game, particularly the fortunes of Samkon Gado, who posted all three of his 100-yard rushing efforts with Wells in the starting lineup
  • Selected in the 2004 NFL Draft with a seventh-round compensatory pick; was waived at the end of training camp, only to be re-signed two days later to the practice squad
  • Was activated three weeks later when Flanagan was placed on injured reserve
  • Ended up playing five games as a rookie, starting two at center for an injured Grey Ruegamer
  • A fixture at the University of Tennessee, started 49 straight games (all at center), the third-longest streak in college history for an O-lineman
  • Initially felt slighted he was drafted so late, but has used it as motivation to get where he is today
  • Has played in 37 professional contests with 28 starts and also saw action in one playoff contest
2006 SeasonBack To Top
  • Started all 16 games for the first time and played a team-high 99.8 percent of offensive snaps (1,115 of 1,117), missing just two plays in Week 15 when his shoe came off
  • Adjusted as well as any lineman to the team's new zone-blocking scheme, having played in a similar system at the University of Tennessee
  • Praised for his low center of gravity and good hand technique, entered this season as a full-time starter for the first time
  • His consistency was rewarded with a five-year contract extension, which he signed on Nov. 6
  • At Detroit (Sept. 24), made a key block on a 20-yard Ahman Green screen pass
  • Played every snap on an offensive line that didn't allow a sack from the fourth quarter vs. New Orleans (Sept. 17) to the second quarter vs. St. Louis (Oct. 8); the streak covered 108 passing plays and included a shutout at Philadelphia (Oct. 2) against the Eagles' attacking defense
  • Part of an offensive line at Miami (Oct. 22) that helped the team gain 155 yards rushing, including 118 from Green
  • On Green's 70-yard touchdown run, made a key block, pinning DT Keith Traylor inside
  • Against Arizona (Oct. 29), helped the offense amass 203 yards on the ground (383 total) including 100-yard performances from both Green (106) and Vernand Morency (101)
  • At Buffalo (Nov. 5), blocked for Green's 122 rushing yards and 427 yards of team offense
  • At Minnesota (Nov. 12), part of an offensive line that did not give up a sack, helping Brett Favre throw for a season-high 347 yards and two touchdowns
  • Against the New York Jets (Dec. 3), aided Green in gaining 102 yards on 14 carries
  • In 17-9 victory vs. Detroit (Dec. 17), on a crucial third-and-9 in the fourth quarter, blocked LB Alex Lewis, helping Green gain 10 yards to set up a touchdown
2005 SeasonBack To Top
  • Played in all 16 games with 10 starts
  • Started twice at center for Flanagan (sports hernia), and eight games at left guard
  • Saw action exclusively on special teams at Detroit (Sept. 11), vs. Cleveland (Sept. 18), vs. Tampa Bay (Sept. 25) and vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 6)
  • In an attempt to improve the running game, coaches started him at left guard in Week 10 at Atlanta (Nov. 13) and he held the job for the remainder of the season
  • Was part of an offense in Falcons contest that produced 351 total yards and the team's first 100-yard rusher, Gado
  • On a 17-yard run by Gado in the first quarter, pulled right and blocked LB John Leake, giving Gado room to advance to the Atlanta 1-yard line; Gado scored on the next play, giving Green Bay a 14-0 lead in an eventual 33-25 triumph
  • Started at Philadelphia (Nov. 27), only three days after he and his wife lost their unborn twins in a personal tragedy
  • Helped pave the way for Gado's 111 yards rushing in Eagles contest
  • Was part of an offensive line in 16-13 win vs. Detroit (Dec. 11) that helped produce 330 total yards, including Gado's 171 on the ground, the franchise's rookie rushing record
  • At Baltimore (Dec. 19), suffered an injury to his left kneecap in the fourth quarter and did not return
  • Shifted to right guard in the second quarter vs. Chicago (Dec. 25), with Flanagan out after aggravating a sports hernia; Adrian Klemm came in at left guard and Ruegamer shifted from right guard to center
  • Earlier, at Carolina (Oct. 3), substituted at center for an injured Flanagan (sports hernia) on the Packers' third series and played the rest of the contest; Green Bay did not allow a sack over its last 46 passing plays of Panthers contest
  • Started at center for Flanagan in 52-3 win vs. New Orleans (Oct. 9) and again at Minnesota (Oct. 23)
  • Received plenty of preseason reps with the first unit, filling in for Flanagan, held out of afternoon practices early in camp following 2004 knee surgery
  • Began practicing at guard Aug. 13 to improve his versatility, and played well enough there to become a darkhorse in the derby for a starting job
2004 SeasonBack To Top
  • Played in five regular-season games, with two starts
  • Dressed but did not play in eight contests
  • Also played against Minnesota in NFC Wild Card playoff (Jan. 9)
  • Made his NFL debut in Sunday night contest at Houston (Nov. 21), on special teams
  • At Philadelphia (Dec. 5), saw his first snaps at center, replacing Ruegamer (ankle), playing the last drive of the first half and the entire second half
  • Made his initial pro start, vs. Detroit (Dec. 12), helping Packers to 116 yards rushing in 16-13 win; became the seventh center to start during Favre's streak, and the team's first rookie starting center since Bill Cherry (Oct. 12, 1986, vs. Detroit)
  • Also started vs. Jacksonville (Dec. 19) and assisted the Packers to 444 yards of total offense
  • Played center during the second half of regular-season finale at Chicago (Jan. 2)
  • In NFC Wild Card playoff (Jan. 9) against Minnesota, entered in the third quarter at center when the Packers shifted their line to accomodate the loss of LT Clifton (ankle)
  • Earlier, was waived by the Packers Sept. 5 and re-signed two days later to the practice squad, where he spent the season's first three weeks
  • Promoted to the active roster Oct. 2, when Flanagan (knee) went on injured reserve
  • Drafted with a seventh-round compensatory pick (251st overall)
CollegeBack To Top
  • Four-year letter winner at Tennessee (2000-03), playing in 50 career games with 49 consecutive starts, the third-longest streak in college football history among offensive linemen
  • As a senior team captain, started every game (for a third straight season), earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors (coaches, Associated Press)
  • Wore No. 67 vs. Auburn in '03 to honor teammate Chuck Prugh, hospitalized with a serious illness
  • Played in 11 games at center as a freshman, starting 10
  • Earned third-team freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and freshman All-Southeastern Conference recognition from the Knoxville News-Sentinel
  • Redshirted as a true freshman in 1999
  • Earned two B.A. degrees (history and sociology)
PersonalBack To Top
  • Given name Scott Darvin Wells
  • Born in West, Texas
  • Married to Julie, the couple has a son, Jackson Wayne, 3, and an infant daughter, Lola Faith
  • The Wells family considered the new baby a true blessing and gift from God after losing premature twins the previous year; all the faith they needed to get through the tragedy led to the selection of their new baby's middle name
  • A PrepStar and CNN/Sports Illustrated All-America selection at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
  • Two-time all-state, all-region and all-district pick
  • Division II Class A 'Mr. Football' in1998 after leading Brentwood (11-1) to the state finals
  • Played offensive guard, defensive end and nose tackle
  • Recorded 12 sacks on defense as a junior and 14 as a senior
  • Lettered four years in football, four in track and four in wrestling
  • Spent his freshman and sophomore years at Brookville (Pa.) Area High School
  • Won three wrestling titles, two in Greco Roman and one in freestyle
  • Was ranked as the nation's No. 1 high school heavyweight wrestler (177-11 career record)
  • Threw discus and shot put in track events
  • In 2005, signed autographs for the American Red Cross in exchange for cash donations for hurricane relief
  • Has worked as a volunteer wrestling coach at his high school in the offseason
  • Co-hosted two radio shows during the 2006 season and worked in conjunction with those stations to raise money for the Autism Society of the Fox Valley as well as the March of Dimes
  • Participated in the 2006 Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon
  • Also gave his time to Mark Tauscher's TRIFECTA Foundation golf event
  • In 2004, took part in the Families of Children with Cancer holiday party and the Green Bay Packers Golf Invitational
  • The past two years has participated in the Salvation Army's Adopt-a-Family program, buying presents and household supplies for needy families in the area
  • Was involved in visits to the Tennessee Children's Home and made other hospital visits while in college
  • Was a redshirt freshman when Clifton was a senior at Tennessee
  • In his spare time, likes to spend time with his family
  • Enjoys deep-sea fishing, particularly in the Gulf Coast region
  • Also enjoys handgun target shooting
  • May go into teaching after football
  • Splits residence between Franklin, Tenn., and Green Bay
Player StatsBack To Top
Year GP GS
2004 Green Bay 5 2
2005 Green Bay 16 10
2006 Green Bay 16 16
NFL totals (three years) 37 28
Postseason 1 0

Additional statistics: Miscellaneous tackles - 1 in 2005; 2 in 2006; NFL total: 3. Fumbles-Lost - 2-0 in 2005, 4-3 in 2006.

CURRENT CONTRACT EXPIRATION: After 2011

NFL debut: at Houston, 11/21/04
First NFL start: vs. Detroit, 12/12/04

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
2004: Selected by Green Bay Packers in seventh round (251st overall) in '04 NFL Draft, April 25...Signed first contract, July 29...Waived by Packers, Sept. 5...Re-signed by Packers to practice squad, Sept. 7...Promoted by Packers to active roster, Oct. 2.
2006: Signed five-year contract extension (through 2011), Nov. 6.
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