Monday, November 10, 2014, 2:10pm
Coach Mike McCarthy hinted last week this was coming, that the Green Bay Packers' tight ends -- even seldom-used Brandon Bostick -- might have a bigger role in the offense than they did in the first half of the season.
But even with that forewarning, it was still stunning to see quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw the first two of his six touchdown passes in Sunday night's rout of the Chicago Bears to tight ends. Bostick, who had one catch for 2 yards all season, was the recipient of the first, on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Andrew Quarless got the second, on third-down from the 4-yard line.
It was the first time since Week 3 of the 2011 season, when Jermichael Finley had three touchdowns against the Bears, that Packers tight ends have caught more than one touchdown pass in a game. And it was the first time since Week 2 of 2007, when Bubba Franks and Donald Lee had touchdowns against the New York Giants, that two different Packers tight ends have caught touchdowns.
On Bostick's TD, the team lined up without the likes of WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the field and it was Bostick on the receiving end of a play-action pass. Eventually, Nelson and Cobb got involved but if Rodgers can add TEs as targets it's only going to make him more productive. While Bostick and Quarless aren't quite top-notch fantasy tight ends just yet, they do potentially take away targets and TDs from those Packers who are owned.
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CB Dre Kirkpatrick (kne)
DE Carlos Dunlap (knee), RB Bernard Scott (hand)
CB Jason Allen (quadricep)
T Jah Reid (calf)
CB Asa Jackson (illness)
S Sean Considine (head), LB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder)
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Jermaine Gresham worked out on the field before the game and was listed as probable on Friday, but the tight end was a late scratch because of a hamstring that he tweaked in practice last week.
The Bengals’ second-leading receiver was replaced by Donald Lee, who entered the game with only two catches this season but added two more in the first half.
Then in the third quarter, Lee came up with a key 26-yard reception on third down when Andy Dalton hit him with a bullet across the middle.
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