Nov 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers tight endRichard Rodgers
(89) catches a touchdown during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
TEs Step Up
Anyone reading my articles throughout this season knows just how disappointed I have been with the lacking performance of the entire TE group for most of this year. For the past few weeks though, I must concede that they have been playing better. Not amazing by any stretch mind you, but at least decent enough to where they have a measurable impact on the game.
Looking at just the stats won’t say much; between Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless, there were only 3 catches. What happened on those catches is what needs to be taken into account however, because that will show there impact was bigger than you may originally expect.
Quarless gained 50 yards on the two passes he caught, including 34 yards on a catch-&-run that ended up being the largest pass play of the game for Green Bay. Rodgers meanwhile caught what could be the longest 1-yard TD you’ll have the pleasure of seeing because of major coverage breakdowns.
Over the past few weeks, the guys at this position have been able to have more positive impacts on the game in manners like this. For this week especially, their impacts directly resulted in positive output by Green Bay and can be attributed to why they won.