Tight end Jermichael Finley had a little more bounce to his step Wednesday after having a discussion with coach Mike McCarthy.
Finley, the Green Bay Packers' budding star, was frustrated after the Denver game Sunday that he was double-teamed a lot and had only three catches for 28 yards. He said he was happy the team rolled up 500 yards of offense, but reiterated that it is important quarterback Aaron Rodgers gets the ball in his playmakers' hands.
Finley said he felt better about things after speaking with McCarthy.
"He just told me to keep running my routes hard, that the ball was going to come my way," Finley said. "It's going to come."
After catching three touchdown passes against Chicago, it's understandable that Finley's expectations were high. But part of being so good at what he does means he'll have to accept that teams are going to try to take him out of the game.
McCarthy can do more to get Finley open, but given how dynamic the offense is, it's not absolutely necessary.
"Some games, teams are going to try to take away Jermichael and other guys are going to get involved," Rodgers said. "Some days, it's going to be like Chicago where he's going to get more opportunities and he'll make (the best of) those opportunities."
There's a saying -- the squeaky wheel gets the grease -- so we don't mind it when fantasy studs like Finley grumble about their targets.