1) Introduction: Bostick was relegated mostly to special teams in 2014 after a late preseason leg injury forced him out. He wasn’t ever able to get back to good and become the part of the Packers’ offense that they had hoped he would.
- Age: 25
- Born: 5/3/89 in Florence, SC
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 250
- College: Newberry College
- Rookie Year: 2013
- NFL Experience: 2 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Bostick was expected to compete for a starting tight end spot in 2014 and seemed to be in the thick of that competition when a leg injury late in the preseason forced him to miss the season opener in Seattle. Because of the injury, Bostick was never able to become part of the team’s offensive plans.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Bostick had a touchdown catch in week 10 against the Chicago Bears, one of just two catches all season. His low-light needs no introduction and was possibly the worst single play of the entire 2014 NFL season. With the Seattle Seahawks needing an onside kick to score a go-ahead touchdown late in the NFC championship game, Bostick abandoned his responsibility of blocking on the play and instead tried to recover the ball. The ball squirted free and was recovered by the Seahawks, who scored later on the possession. The Packers still had their chances to win the game after that point, but a recovery by Green Bay in that situation likely helps them seal a close win and sends them to their sixth Super Bowl.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Bostick’s touchdown against the Bears was relatively meaningless, despite it being a scoring play. Due to injury and a major lack of playing time, Bostick wasn’t a contributor during the regular season outside of occasional special teams duties.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: The gaffe heard ’round the world. Bostick could not have been more detrimental to this Packers team in the playoffs.
7) Intangibles: Bostick is clearly a stand-up guy, facing the media after his huge blunder in the NFC championship game. At least he showed some character and genuinely felt bad for his mishap. He’s physically gifted and should be able to produce more on the field, if he can ever overcome the mental portion.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(D+) Level of expectations met during the season
(D+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(F) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: D-——————
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