Andrew Quarless' Full Fantasy Scouting Report After Jermichael Finley's Injury
Reedy tweeted during the game:
Finley declared out with a concussion— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) September 22, 2013
If Finley is forced to miss time, backup tight end Andrew Quarless would be the next man in line to start for the Packers.
Quarless—selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft by Green Bay—had played in 25 games in his career before Sunday's clash. During this time, he posted 25 catches for 281 yards and one touchdown on 40 targets.
In Quarless' rookie season, he played 13 games for the Packers, registering 21 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown on 33 targets. He missed the entire 2012 campaign due to knee surgery.
Before this year's season began, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said of Quarless, via Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
I really look for him to make an impact and definitely give us that player that we all felt that he was coming on there at the end of his rookie year. He's the one guy that has shown the ability to play on the line and off the line and we're challenging the other tight ends to do so. He can clearly play all four positions for us in the tight end playbook, so he looks good.
Before tearing two ligaments against the New York Giants in Week 13 of the 2011 campaign, Quarless not only showed the ability to be a receiver, he was also Green Bay's best blocking tight end.
Quarless' development as a blocker displays his work ethic. He was known as an athletic player with good body control headed into the 2010 draft, but his blocking was actually a weakness of his.
NFL.com noted of the Packers' fifth-round pick in 2010, "He does not block as strong as someone his size should and is not very aggressive when blocking in line."
Is Andrew Quarless a worthy fantasy pickup?
Quarless has also moved on from DUI charges in 2008, showing that he can be a heady player for a contender. The Packers have grown to trust the 24-year-old, and his workload as a rookie during the 2010 Super Bowl run shows that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has some confidence in him.
I certainly wouldn't expect great numbers from Quarless—especially given the receiving trio of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones. He's not a legit fantasy starter. But he should average better weekly fantasy numbers than he did in 2010 if Finley is forced to miss time.
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