1) Introduction: Brandon Bostick was another player that fans and the media alike filled with boundless optimism. After years of “will he or won’t he” performance swings from Jermichael Finley, fans were looking for another big target to stretch the middle for Aaron Rodgers and focused on Brandon Bostick, a converted wide receiver who had spent all of 2012 on the Packers practice squad. Could Bostick become one of the new breed of “big receiver” tight end or would this be another failed conversion project for Ted Thompson.
- Age: 24
- Born: 5/3/1989 in Florence, SC
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 245
- College: Newberry
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 2
3) Expectations coming into the season: Moderate. Bostick spent all of 2012 on the Packers practice squad and was not activated, presumably because he was making the conversion from college wide receiver to NFL tight end. However, with the impending contract dispute that would be Jermichael Finley, fans and Packers front office executives alike must have been wishing for signs of progress from Bostick in order to lower the asking price of Finley due to a serviceable replacement and at very worst a decent plan B option should Finley depart in free agency. Add to that the uncertainty of Andrew Quarless’ play due to his recovery from a season ending knee injury and Bostick had golden opportunity to turn some heads this year.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Bostick’s highlight was obviously his game against Philadelphia, where he recorded 4 receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Scott Tolzein was under center for that game. It should also be mentioned that Bostick was one of the better special teams players for the Packers this year with 5 tackles and 2 assisted tackles, good for 5th on the team. His lowlight outside of not being used very often (he saw the least amount of snaps for tight ends outside Jake Stoneburner, who was an late injury replacement) was being sent to injured reserved after breaking his foot in week 14.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Moderate. A grain of salt needs to be taken with Bostick’s performance considering he didn’t see much time on the field until Jermichael Finley was injured in Cleveland and had to deal with a Aaron Rodger-less offense a week later in Chicago, essentially meaning that Bostick only got to pass catches from Rodgers in week 5 against Minnesota. Naturally after Rodgers broke his collarbone, the team shifted to a more run-based offense which limited Bostick’s ability as a pass catcher as well as exaggerate his poor blocking skills (he is still more a big wide receiver than a in-line or even H-back type of tight end). What would been more interesting to see is how Rodgers and Bostick would have played together in the last game of the season against the Bears, where Bostick probably has more familiarity with the offense as well as having a All-World quarterback throwing him the ball.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Brandon Bostick was already on IR when the Packers played the 49ers in the wildcard round and thus did not play.
Season Report Card:
(D) Level of expectations met during the season
(D) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: D——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.