Green Bay Packers: Four Positions of Weakness

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Ahmad Bradshaw runs over A.J. Hawk
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4. Tight End

Jermichael Finley injury

Free agents: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless
Entering final contract year: Ryan Taylor

We’re going to start off by assuming the Green Bay Packers won’t clear Jermichael Finley to return. Finley had spinal fusion surgery after suffering a horrific neck injury early in the 2013 season. Even if the Packers do clear Finley, they probably won’t be able to afford to re-sign him.

That’s ultimately the problem here. Without Finley, the Packers don’t have a proven playmaking tight end. They tried to draft another Finley by selecting Andrew Quarless and D.J. Williams.

Quarless hasn’t turned into that guy, and will be a free agent like Finley, and Williams was cut during training camp prior to last season.

Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner are the tight ends currently under contract. Bostick has shown flashes of playmaking ability in limited opportunities, but he’s still a huge project as a blocker. Taylor is better known as a special teams player than as a tight end. Stoneburner didn’t have a catch in 2013 after coming up from the practice squad.

You can’t tell me the Packers will get by with a Bostick/Taylor tight end combination in 2014. They could re-sign Quarless on the cheap and he could serve as a temporary stop-gap solution.

However, even with Quarless, there’s no real playmaker at the position and that makes it weak.

Without Finley or someone like him, the passing game will have to run almost exclusively through the wide receivers.

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About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

4 Comments on "Green Bay Packers: Four Positions of Weakness"

  1. TyKo Steamboat

    If you knew nothing about the last 5 seasons of the NFL or the GB Packers & read only this one article, you’d think they were one of the worst teams in the NFL.

    Pretty much covers the whole defense here when you mention Safety, ILB & D-Line.

  2. Iltarion

    Safety and D-line are no brainers. Anyone with eyes knows the Packers need to improve there.

    The Packers could make zero changes at TE and ILB, and I would be completely unconcerned with it. The Packers haven’t really had a “play-making” TE in anything but theory and glimpses all during this run. I would be happy with a TE who could block.

    ILB is a much over-ballyhooed position. When the D-line was playing well, those guys played well. When the D-line sucked, they sucked. Such is typically the case with ILBs. AJ Hawk had 117 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 caused fumbles and 1 INT. I don’t know. Sounds like he made some “plays” to me.

  3. Phatgzus

    Dunno about Boyd overachieving unless you consider him getting playing time some incredible feat. I do like his potential and his hustle (I remember him nearly making the tackle on a run 20-yards down the field and on the side of the field opposite of where he lined up), but let’s be realistic, he was JAG last year.

  4. MADCity Packer Fan

    The only thing those shiny new contracts are going to be good for are ass napkins after the season had. It really is time to get rid of the baggage and bring in guys that can make plays.

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