The Packers have a considerable amount of depth at the position, but there hasn’t been a reserve tight end in camp who has stood out and established himself as the team’s top backup behind Finley.
Andrew Quarless has been injured and just recently returned to the team. D.J. Williams seemed to have a shot at securing his spot on the roster early in camp but has done little with his additional opportunities. Both Matthew Mulligan and Ryan Taylor have been dealing with injuries and haven’t seen a lot of action as of late, and undrafted free agent Jake Stoneburner has been quiet except for an impressive touchdown catch against the Rams and a costly red zone fumble against the Seahawks.
The one surprise at the position has been Brandon Bostick. The practice squad-holdover is a converted college receiver who has flashed some potential in the passing game. He made a few nice catches in the second preseason game and has stood out at times during team practices. Bostick still has a ways to go in run blocking, but he has a legitimate shot this year at making the Packers final roster.
With only Bostick making some noise behind Finley at tight end, it’s no surprise that a report came out today that teams around the league are showing interest in the second-year tight end.
Ed Werder of ESPN tweeted earlier today:
Hearing teams inquiring with Packers about trade for TE. Packers feel position of strength. Brandon Bostick drawing attention.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 26, 2013
Earlier in camp, there were rumors that the Packers were looking to trade D.J. Williams, but now it appears if they are going to trade any tight end it would be Bostick.
Bostick has a lot of potential as a player, specifically as a receiver, but is he ready this year to make a difference on the field?
Maybe the Packers were thinking about stashing Bostick on their practice squad for one more year and going with more reliable run blockers at tight end, like Mulligan and Williams. But with teams showing interest in the converted wide receiver, Bostick would be snatched off the waiver wire the moment the Packers release him.
Bostick certainly offers the Packers another receiving option at tight end. So should they consider trading him or should they keep him on the roster and let Quarless, Williams, or Taylor walk?