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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.
MNF Injury Report - James Jones QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 5:17pm
LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), QB Jay Cutler (groin)
WR Joe Anderson (abdomen)
LB Blake Costanzo (knee), CB Charles Tillman (knee), S Major Wright (knee)
TE Jermichael Finley (neck), LB Clay Matthews (thumb)
LB Nick Perry (foot)
WR James Jones (knee)
LB Brad Jones (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (toes), TE Ryan Taylor (knee)
Jones was limited in practice Thursday through Saturday this week. Some beat reporters said he looked like he was doing everything on Saturday, but in reality it appears to be the dreaded game-time decision for Jones. If you don't have a backup plan, you should probably move on from Jones and go another direction again this week. Jarrett Boykin would lose a little value if Jones plays.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8:15pm
James Jones officially OUT for Packers
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3:10pm