Ryan Taylor, TE Cleveland Browns
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Beat writer Tyler Dunne on the Packers' TE situation:
The rookie (Richard Rodgers) drew the start in the first preseason game and held his own. His upside is immense. The Packers have two years invested in (Brandon Bostick), and seem ready to expand his role in the offense. (Ryan Taylor) is a fierce blocker and remains one of Green Bay's top special teams players. The wild card appears to be (Andrew Quarless), who was injured the entire spring and has had a quiet camp. But the Packers have kept four tight ends every year since 2010, and even kept five in 2011. If the Packers don't stray from that philosophy, Quarless should be safe. The controversial Lyerla (knee) will likely receive an injury settlement or end up on the injured list.
Rodgers and Bostick offer explosion and playmaking ability in the passing game, while Quarless has experience after starting much of the season last year. Given that he started the first preseason game, it appears that Rodgers has the edge, but Bostick had a nifty catch and run later in the game. Stay tuned.