The Packers’ tight ends are just a bunch of guys.
Nobody really jumps off the page. They’re adequate, but not dynamic.
Which brings me to Andrew Quarless. He will be entering his sixth season this year, but most importantly it’s a contract year for the Penn State standout picked in the fifth round.
He’s only started in 26 of 55 games and has only caught six touchdowns in his mediocre Packers’ career.
So what does Quarless have to do to stay in Green Bay? Simply outplay second-year upstart Richard Rodgers and minimize the myriad of mental mistakes.
Quarless is probably best known for grabbing Aaron Rodgers’ game-winning laser in the waning seconds at Miami last year.
But even a highlight won’t save his job next year. Quarless needs to graduate his game. He has only gotten 30 or more receptions once and his hands also need to get better. He caught 63 percent of the passes thrown his way last season. With the limited opportunities that he gets, that number must go up.
Quarless’ ability as a blocker has risen and he has clearly earned the trust of Aaron Rodgers in crunch time.
But that still doesn’t equate to coming back to Green Bay.
Since the NFL is a what have you done for me lately business, Quarless must have a solid showing this season. And that’s with Richard Rodgers and rookie Kennard Backman breathing down his neck.
The Packers have proven they can win with subpar play from the tight end position. But if Quarless wants to impress and prove that he can still be a factor in this league, then this is the year to do it.
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn