Andrew Quarless Fantasy News
Jermichael Finley to be cleared for contact in 3-4 weeks
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:24pm
Finley hits free agency this fall and while the Packers are expected to let him walk, he could sign a one-year deal to prove his health before testing free agency again in 2015. If he signs elsewhere, Brandon Bostick would be the big beneficiary. (Andrew Quarless is also a free agent.) The tight end is a crucial component in the Green Bay offense.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:34am
Regardless of what happens with TEs Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless (both free agents), the Packers are excited to take a greater look at Brandon Bostick. A former wide receiver at Newberry (S.C.) College, Bostick's game has a striking resemblance to Finley's.
In fact, the speedy Bostick averaged an impressive 17.1 yards on his seven catches this season before suffering a broken foot in Week 15. Bostick was in a boot when the season ended, but said that would be off by February. He expects to be running before March.
"I definitely think I showed I can play with the guys," Bostick said. "I can make plays on offense. I think I showed the coaches I can be a playmaker and can make plays on offense and special teams."
Brandon Bostick trying to fill Finley's shoes
Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:19am
Brandon Bostick could very well be the Packers' future at tight end given the likelihood that Jermichael Finley will not return to the team next season. Finley suffered a herniated disc in his neck and is recovering from single-level fusion surgery, according to a report.
The Packers also have Andrew Quarless and Ryan Taylor to fill the void Finley has left, but neither of them has the Finley-like athletic qualities that Bostick does. The 6-3, 255-pound tight end ran faster and jumped higher than Finley coming out of college and has people pondering the limits of his ability.
"I think there's a lot of potential there," receiver James Jones said. "No. 1, he's extremely fast for his position. He has great hands and if he can just get it in his mind that nobody can stop him, and go out there and play the way he plays at practice, he's going to become a great player because he has all the tools."
Bostick has just four catches for 68 yards this season, but his recent contribution has the coaches contemplating how good he can be. At Newberry, he was a dominant receiver and even played one year of basketball. But it took him a year of being on the practice squad and improved special teams play to get him where he is now.
"He has a lot of potential," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "He's gotten better. He has a lot of physical tools to work with. He's doing well; he can do better."
But to get on the field more, Bostick has to block better. It has been the pebble in his shoe since making the switch to tight end, and while he has made a lot of gains, it was obvious against the Giants that when a blocker was needed Quarless or Taylor was called upon.
"He's made the most of his opportunities," tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said. "That's a positive. We still have some things we'd like to clean up and improve, but he's definitely taking a step in the right direction."
It's doubtful that Bostick suddenly becomes startable this year in redraft leagues, but dynasty/keeper owners should take note. It's very unlikely that Finley will be back at 2014, so the Packers have a large hole at TE.
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 8:53pm
Wallace appeared to injure his groin with about five minutes left in the first quarter after completing a pass to TE Andrew Quarless.
Scott Tolzien — who had just been elevated from the practice squad this week — replaced Wallace in what became his official NFL debut. Tolzien was 24-of-39 passing for 280 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and a 70.5 passer rating and has already been named the starter for Week 11.
Jermichael Finley wants to continue career
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 10:32am
Finley has been hospitalized, originally in intensive care, since Sunday. He suffered a spinal contusion in his neck area, causing temporary numbness in his extremities, after a hit he sustained during the Packers' 31-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns. He has been sharing images from his MRIs, CT scans and other tests with other neurosurgeons and spinal injury specialists and might visit other doctors upon being released.
A steady flow of visitors, including several teammates, have seen Finley at the hospital. Fellow Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, who visited Finley on Sunday night, said one of the first things Finley asked the doctor was when he could return to the field.
However, Finley still faces a long medical evaluation process before that can happen.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 12:57pm
However, he has the most experience even though he missed the entire 2012 season while recovering from his 2011 knee injury. Quarless might be better suited to play on the line of scrimmage rather than in the slot or split out wide -- where Finley combined to play nearly half of his snaps.
While Quarless doesn't look like he'll have much fantasy potential, Brandon Bostick could. He's considered a prospect, but the story points out they may have him run some similar routes as Finley did. He would be a risky play but in deep leagues could be a guy to watch in the next couple of weeks.