At tight end for the Packers, it all starts with Jermichael Finley, who returned by signing a two-year, $15 million deal before hitting the free-agent market in March.
After his second 55-catch season – one shy of Paul Coffman’s team record for receptions by a tight end in a season – Finley’s charge is simple: Catch the football more consistently. STATS had him for 11 dropped passes last season, ProFootballFocus.com had him for 12 (plus two more in the playoff loss to the New York Giants). While he still managed 767 receiving yards and eight TD catches, he dropped a league-worst 17.9 percent of the “catchable” balls thrown his way, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
“Jermichael is a talent and a forced to be reckoned with when he’s on the field. So getting him as many opportunities as possible is important,” said new tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot. “He’s going to help us in a number of ways. That’s not just solely exclusive to the pass game. He can help us across the board."
We rank Finley 5th among TEs in standard leagues. His ADP has him going in the eighth round, which is a nice spot if you want to take a chance on him, while at the same time not spending a very high pick on the position. He's a tremendous talent, but was supposed to bust out last year, too. There may just be not enough balls to go around in the Packer offense, especially if he continues to drop them.