1) Introduction: Jermichael Finley has transformed from unknown rookie prospect who chewed out his own quarterback to the prototype for the new receiving tight end to the guy with limitless potential and limited realization. But through out that all, Finley has always been an enigma; was Finley really as good as 2009 or as bad as 2012? Was Finley a good guy who just loved football or a guy who threw his all-world quarterback under the bus twice? Another page of the mystery that is Finley was added this year after he suffered a potentially career ending injury and has claimed he won’t take a discounted price on a “prove you’re healthy” deal. Will Jermichael Finley with the Packers in 2014? Will Jermichael Finley be in the NFL in 2014?
Jermichael Decorean Finley
- Age: 26
- Born: 3/26/1987 in Lufkin, TX
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 240
- College: Texas
- Rookie Year: 2008
- NFL Experience: 6
3) Expectations coming into the season: High. Finley played rather poorly during the first half of the 2012 season but had a quietly good second half, and many expected Finley to build on that success to the 2013 season. Add to that 2013 being Finley’s contract year with the Packers and it should be expected that Finley would be on his best behavior and on a mission to maximize his future earnings, whether that be with the Packers or some other team.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Finley’s highlight definitely happened during the beginning of the season, where he scored a touchdown in the first two games of the season against the 49ers and the Redskins, also amassing 11 receptions and 121 yards. While Finley still never became the offensive focus like he was in late 2009, Finley still was a matchup problem and provided another wrinkle to the Packers offense with a injury-riddled wide receiver core. Finley’s lowlight is naturally his potentially career ending concussion/spinal cord injury against the Cleveland Browns that was simply a matter of bad luck as neither the hit nor the impact to the ground was really that devastating, just the combination that unfortunately has likely significantly shortened his career.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Marginal. When Finley was on the field, he was a good player but not one that defenses focused on or had to game plan around (which was most likely Randall Cobb or Eddie Lacy this year). However, just because Finley wasn’t the focal point doesn’t mean he didn’t contribute; in 6 games Finley recorded 25 receptions for exactly 300 yards, with 3 touchdowns. Had Finley not been injured, his season projected to around 66 receptions for 800 yards and 8 touchdowns, which are respectable numbers for a tight end and would have put him in the top 10 in most statistics this year.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Jermichael Finley was already on season ending IR when the Packers played the 49ers in the wild card round and thus did not play.
Season Report Card:
(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.