1) Introduction: Andrew Quarless, the Green Bay Packers’ 2010 fifth round pick, wasn’t expected to contribute as much as he was forced to this season. Jermichael Finley’s season-ending injury in Week 5 and the decline of Donald Lee put Quarless into the starting lineup — a position he wasn’t mentally or physically ready for.
Despite the unfavorable scenario, Quarless generally made the most of his limited opportunities and didn’t make any glaring mistakes. With an offseason to get more comfortable with the playbook and add some body weight, Quarless could be expected to make a jump in his second year to becoming more of a play-maker for the Packers offense.
Andrew Christopher Quarless
Height: 6-4 Weight: 248 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Very low. With Finley, one of the NFL’s up and coming pass catchers firmly entrenched at starting tight end, many probably didn’t even expect Quarless to see the field. You could see the potential he had athletically early on (much like Finley in 2008), but it was clear that he needed a season or two to mature into a player you could count on to contribute.
4) Player’s highlights/lowlights: After Finley went down in Washington, Quarless caught a 23-yard pass on the Packers’ final drive of regulation that helped get Green Bay into field goal range. Two weeks later, Quarless caught his first ever touchdown pass — a difficult nine yard catch in the back of the end zone against the Vikings.
In Week 14 against the Lions, Quarless had his best game statistically (5 receptions, 61 yards), but also lost a fumble in the first half that took points of the board for the Packers.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: While much of the offense ran through Finley and the tight end position through the first 5 weeks, the Packers shied away from Quarless once Finley was lost for the season. In fact, Quarless caught as many passes (21) in 13 regular season games as Finley had in his four games and change.