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Andrew Quarless: The Pressure is on


Andrew Quarless has been thrust into the starting job at tight end.

After taking an ugly hit last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Jermichael Finley is out indefinitely.

Today the official Twitter account of the Green Bay Packers quoted Head Coach Mike McCarthy in a tweet saying:

I just want Andrew Quarless to be fundamentally sound, assignment sound, he needs to exert himself like he’s done in spurts.

Statistically, Quarless’s best season was his rookie season in 2010, in which he recorded 238 yards on 21 receptions and one touchdown. This season he has 28 yards on four receptions, but those numbers will likely increase as Quarless is expected to see increased minutes in weeks to come.

According to an article written by Tom Silverstein of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it is “unlikely” that Finley will return without spinal surgery.

Fortunately, the Packers entered into week seven with five tight ends on their active roster. So when Finley went down, there was no shortage at the position. If Quarless cannot fill the role sufficiently, the Packers also have Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick, and Jake Stoneburner. Of those three options, Taylor is the only one who has seen “meaningful” playing time, recording only 11 yards on two receptions.

Will Quarless be fundamentally sound, or will the Packers look to Taylor, Bostick, and Stoneburner for solid tight end play?

Tune in to NBC on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. CDT, as the Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis to find out.

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