With such a deep receiving corps, the Green Bay Packers have been able to let things slide a bit at the tight end position. The question is how much longer they can afford to do so. Starting tight end Jermichael Finley set a franchise record for receptions by a tight end while the departed Tom Crabtree seemingly scored a touchdown every time the Packers played on national television.
With Crabtree gone and Finley entering the final year of his contract, the tight ends face a crucial year in 2013. Could the Packers draft a tight end early in this spring’s draft? Will Finley become the game changing weapon everyone thought he could be back in 2009? Who will replace Crabtree as the blocking specialist among them?
Where are we now:
Here are the current suspects:
Jermichael Finley (3rd round, 2008)
D.J. Williams (5th round, 2011)
Ryan Taylor (7th round, 2011)
Brandon Bostick (undrafted free agent, 2012)
Andrew Quarless (5th round, 2010)
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Finley: The player so many fans love to hate. His mouth got him into trouble early in the season but he came around late and had some solid games to close out the regular season.