No one from the Packers tight end group has emerged as the favorite to replace Jermichael Finley, although Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and rookie Richard Rodgers have had their moments (both good and bad).
Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky: Lots of work for TE Brandon Bostick with the starters today. I'd say he delivered.
Athletically, Bostick is very reminiscent of Jermichael Finley. He has had trouble staying healthy, but has made plays when in the lineup. He could very well win the starting job.
Jul 29, 2014 · 12:52 PM EDT
Everything Packers TE Richard Rodgers has done since Green Bay drafted him in the third round this offseason suggests he will be the team's most productive tight end in the passing game.
He stood out in the OTA and minicamp and has done the same so far in training camp. But is it enough to make the Packers forget about Jermichael Finley, who remains a free-agent awaiting medical clearance to return from last year's neck surgery? Rodgers gives the Packers the same type of athletic presence as a receiving tight end, but he remains unproven as a blocker.
An NFL source told ESPN.com that Jermichael Finley's tweet ("Let's Try This Again. #GreenBay") did not mean the Packers had cleared Finley medically or were in negotiations with him. The source said "there’s nothing going on" with Finley and the Packers in terms of contract talks.
Finley last met with the Packers' medical staff on May 28 in what was described at the time by a source close to the situation as “a formality” because Finley had not checked in with the Packers recently.
According to USA Today, Finley was expected to undergo more tests this week. It is possible Finley's meeting with McKenzie is to review those results.
The Packer TE situation is up in the air, but whoever wins the job -- be it a re-signed Finley, rookies Richard Rodgers or Colt Lyerla, Brandon Bostick or Andrew Quarless -- will be fantasy relevant as a TE2 or even a low-end TE1.