With the season-long injury to Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless rose up to the challenge of being a starter in this dynamic offense. There were some speed bumps in the beginning, but Quarless showed his potential late in the season. The Green Bay Packers recognized his play, and awarded the Penn State product with a two-year deal worth $3 million.
Throughout much of his career behind Finley, Quarless was used as an extra blocker. But throughout the 2014 season, Quarless really made strides with developing his hands. At 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, Quarless has prototypical size to be a good weapon for Green Bay. He is extremely athletic for a tight end, and he can be used in many ways. Quarless has the ability to play outside and play as an in-line tight end, which is something that will really benefit Aaron Rodgers and this offense.
Run-blocking tight ends are extremely important in today’s NFL. Quarless has already shown the ability to be one of the best run-blockers at his position, but his development in the pass-catching department makes him a budding star for this team. It’s not often you find a tight end with the complete package. Players like Jimmy Graham and Jason Witten have been the epitome of the complete package at the tight end position. Could Quarless be the next player to enter that category?
As of now, Quarless is slated to be the starting tight end in 2014. The Packers could very well pick a tight end in this year’s draft, but there are other needs that Green Bay needs to fill. If he is given the opportunity, Quarless will find success in this offense. Even if the ex-Nittany Lion doesn’t pan out, he only costs $3 million in the next two years; it is a low-risk, high-reward type of move for the Packers. Quarless will definitely be a player to monitor as training camp nears.