Despite drafting Cal tight end Richard Rodgers in the third round and possessing a deep pool at the position overall, it doesn't feel like the Packers currently have a Jermichael Finley replacement on the roster.
The door hasn't closed for Finley to return, and a continued priority for the Packers this offseason will be monitoring the status of his recovery. "In my mind, he's a Green Bay Packer, hopefully," Mike McCarthy said on May 14, per NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
But he'll have to pass their physical first, and for every Sean Richardson, whom the Packers cleared after he suffered a neck injury, there's a Nick Collins, who is currently out of the league.
If Finley isn't wearing green and gold in August, the Packers will have some decisions to make regarding who will start at the position, even if they decide to rotate players to take advantage of one's blocking skills and another's hands.
Of Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner, there is not a player who is as skilled as Finley in both areas.
Quarless is probably the most complete in terms of a tight end who can block and catch effectively enough, and his snaps will reflect that, but Bostick may be Green Bay's big-play option in Finley's absence. Bostick's play is more than a little reminiscent of Finley's, and he could become a much-needed red-zone threat for Aaron Rodgers.
Taylor and Stoneburner are better blockers than pass-catchers, while Rodgers wasn't asked to block much for the Golden Bears, as their scheme didn't use him as a true tight end as much as an inside receiver.
But despite his high draft selection, Rodgers is certainly not a shoo-in for the starting job. His speed is rather pedestrian, as evidenced by his 4.87-second 40-yard dash at the combine, and he's not yet a complete enough tight end to be on the field on every drive.
The Packers could also still sign Colt Lyerla, whom they tried out in rookie orientation last Friday. He would be the most talented blocker and receiver among Green Bay's tight ends, but his behavioral and character issues could prevent him from ever reaching Finley's level.
Few of the Packers' positional groups are currently as uncertain as tight end, but training camp should help make the depth chart a little clearer.