Should Green Bay Packers Consider Benching Jermichael Finley?

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIOctober 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Tight end Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers  looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers went into Houston on Sunday night and emerged with a 42-24 victory over the Texans.

While the win could signal that Green Bay is back on track, does the team need to make a decision about the playing time of starting tight end Jermichael Finley?

There is no doubt that Finley is one of the more talented tight ends in the NFL. And his numbers aren't necessarily alarming in terms of his importance to the Packers (24 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown on the season).

But with so many weapons at wide receiver and fellow tight end Tom Crabtree proving that he is just as capable after catching two passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory, it isn't all that pressing that Finley is a huge focal point in the Packers offense.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers just threw for 338 yards and six touchdowns against a very good Texans defense. Finley accounted for just two catches and 12 yards—a far cry from what is expected out of the tight end.

But benching Finley would be a knee-jerk reaction. Keeping opposing defenses on their heels is how the Packers will succeed this season, so the ball will be spread around.

Even with a porous running game and wide receiver Greg Jennings in and out of the lineup, Green Bay features enough capable weapons to compete against any defense.

Keeping Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Finley and Crabtree all happy is a difficult job for Rodgers, especially when Jennings is active. But these guys know their role and should take advantage of their opportunities like Crabtree did Sunday night.

While Finley thinks he and Rodgers still have a ways to go (via ESPN) to find chemistry, the tight end needs to realize that he isn't the only target the quarterback has at his disposal.

Finley must trust that Rodgers is making the best decision possible for the Packers. And as long as Green Bay is winning, everyone should be happy regardless of playing time or production.


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