California Golden Bears wide receiver Richard Rodgers (11). Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
TIGHT END: Who will emerge in the passing game?
Even after adding Richard Rodgers in the third round and Colt Lyerla in undrafted free agency, plenty of questions remain at the tight end position for the Packers.
If the Packers will in fact be without Jermichael Finley going forward, they’ll need another receiving threat to emerge at the position.
Andrew Quarless may be their guy, but he seems to lack the elite athleticism and speed to stretch the field and be a mismatch problem for defenses. Quarless is solid as the team’s starter, but he won’t scare anybody either.
The Packers may look to a rookie, like Rodgers or Lyerla, to be a key contributor in the passing game, or athletic third-year player Brandon Bostick could be another option, who seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential.
All three players seem to be more receivers than in-line blockers, and even if they don’t “start,” they could factor in as receiving threats in certain offensive packages.
Whatever happens at the position this season, the Packers need somebody to emerge as a reliable target in the middle of the field.
Because otherwise, the Packers offense loses an important dynamic it had with Finley in the lineup.