GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Jermichael Finley is back with the Packers, they're fine at tight end, but that's a mighty big if. Even if his doctor clears him, the team would have to follow suit, and history tells us the Packers medical staff will always error on the conservative side, and with necks, that's the only way to go.
Sans Finley, the Packers don't have a true play-making threat at the position. Brandon Bostick would come the closest ability-wise and while the foot injury that ended his season should be healed. He's still got just 11 league games under his belt, and he played wide receiver in college. Label Bostick a work in progress, albeit a talented work in progress.
Andrew Quarless took over as the starter after Finley's injury, and at 6-4, 250 plus, he's got the body to handle the rough stuff in the running game, although ironically enough, I didn't think he had a real good season as a blocker. Receiving though, he set career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns. Solid, but not spectacular in that department
Until he proves otherwise, Ryan Taylor's niche is special teams, and Jake Stoneburner's rookie season was pretty much a scholarship year.
The Packers could use a receiver first type tight-end, and the best of that bunch may be Eric Ebron of North Carolina, a 6-4 250 pounder with 4-6 speed.