1) Introduction: Quarless, or “Q”, entered the season the starting tight end and was a steady veteran presence for the Packers this season. He had a second-straight solid campaign and furthered his chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
- Age: 26
- Born: 10/6/88 in Brooklyn, NY
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 252
- College: Penn State
- Rookie Year: 2010
- NFL Experience: 5 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Quarless entered the season as the Packers starting tight end. With second year man Brandon Bostick and rookie Richard Rodgers in the mix, Quarless was looked at to carry the load at tight end while the younger players continued to develop. Quarless was also relied on as a blocker at the H-back position.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Q was the recipient of a game-winning touchdown throw by Rodgers against the Dolphins with six seconds left in regulation. It was one of only three touchdown catches Quarless had during the regular season. On the play, Rodgers immediately turned and threw it to Quarless, exuding supreme confidence in the tight end’s ability to make a huge play. Quarless’s lowest moment came with about five minutes left against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game when he dropped a third down pass that would have converted and kept the ball in the Packers’ hands.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Despite catching just three touchdowns all season long, Quarless was a steady rock and made some key catches along the way. He further gained the confidence of Rodgers and continued to mature into the team’s offense.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Quarless had a touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round win at Lambeau Field. He had zero catches against Seattle the following week.
7) Intangibles: Aaron Rodgers has described Q as a smart player who often would approach him on the sidelines with his observations of what was going on on the field. While he has the occasional big drop and isn’t the flashiest guy on the field, Quarless has turned into a player who can be counted on as a regular part of the Packers’ offense.
Season Report Card: (Player Grades)
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B-) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B——————
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