Jermichael Finley Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Jermichael Finley, are you listening? It's Put up or shut up time

By Mark Gladney

It’s Primetime for Jermichael Finley

Every Green Bay Packers fan is familiar with the saga of tight end Jermichael Finley.

The inopportune comments about teammates, the untimely drops, and the big salary.  This is “put up or shut up” time for Finley and maybe he gets it.  If the Packers have any chance of making the playoffs this season and moving deeper than they have the past two seasons, it will center around the tight end play, namely Finley.

The loss of wide receiver Greg Jennings to the Minnesota Vikings is going to be felt as I do not think wide receivers Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross will be picking up that slack anytime soon.  Thus, the hybrid TE/WR Finley is going to have to become a more reliable target for Aaron Rodgers and find the end zone more than ever.

The Packers have been more than patient and have probably made it clear to Jermichael that this could be his last season in the Green and Gold, unless he steps up. Will he or will Finley be another in the long line of Texas Longhorns who have disappointed at the pro level?

If backup tight end Andrew Quarless is back to full strength, the Packers can run a lethal two tight end set that could keep defenses guessing, but Finley has to catch the ball.

Listening much, Jermichael?

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