That’s the question about to play out when the Packers run the course through training camp over the next couple of months – will it be Andrew Quarless, the front-runner? Richard Rodgers, the rookie sensation? Colt Lyerla, the troubled one? Or will it be holdovers Jake Stoneburner and Ryan Taylor? Heck, even ro0kie undrafted tight end Justin Perillo is on the radar.
But what about Brandon Bostick? He’s the former basketball player who is in the critical third year of the Packers experiment and faith in him. It’s time to put up or be back on the street for Bostick – and he knows it.
In a story posted a couple of days ago by Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazzette, Bostick admits that he’s ready for the challenge and has set his sights high.
“Last year, I was more focused on making the team and doing the little stuff. Now, I’m focused on I want to be the starter. I want to be that guy. Everything I’m doing right now I want to be the starter. I’m trying to make plays every time I’m out there and trying to be consistent.”
That’s all well and good, but he’s got a ways to go to get there and a lot of teammates to climb over to realize his dream.
Potential has been a great descriptor for Bostick, but he hasn’t been able to translate his upside to time on the field.
He will most certainly get his chance early on in training camp, but in order to catch the eyes of coaches, he’s going to to have to make an impression early.
With rookie Rodgers gaining all the oohs and aaahhhs during the spring workouts, with Quarless watching from the sidelines because of an undisclosed injury and with the rest of the tight ends holding their own, the future could belong to Bostick.
Jermichael Finley remains unsigned … and the Packers tight end position remains unsettled. Somebody has to step up and many feel it could be a guy like Bostick.
“I saw the rest of the guys making plays. I wanted to be one of those guys. I’m a competitor. I just wanted to be back out there with the team and competing.”
“I think I can accomplish anything I want to. If I’m not the starter, I’ll do whatever they tell me to. Special teams last year, I was good on special teams. I just go out there and be the best I can.”
That sounds like a good team player. Bostick may just be one of those tight ends who sticks. Whether he’s the starter or not, this is the year he could make the leap and be a solid contributor.
We’ll know soon enough.
Stay tuned …