Jermichael Finley Calls Out Jets' Darrelle Revis

Joe PrindlContributor IAugust 8, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers catches a five-yard touchdown pass over Greg Toler #28 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jermichael Finley's dominance on the gridiron last season has earned him a nice little moniker that Packers haters will quickly become sick of listening to.

Don't worry Vikings fans, there's no way the amount of annoyance surpasses the Vikings horn at the Metrodome, which is severely overplayed.

"Thank God It's Finley" is the phrase. Get used to hearing it.

With the way Finley emerged as Aaron Rodgers' favorite target at the end of last season, we'll most likely continue to see him make staggering, highlight reel plays.

In merely 10 games, Jermichael Finley accumulated 55 receptions, 676 yards, and 5 touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per catch.  (Jermichael Finley 2009 Highlights)

Quickly after the season ended, Finley was named the starter for the 2010 season, and rightfully so.  He got off to a slow start in his rookie season due to immaturity and not being familiar enough with the playbook.

"Coming in my first year, they give you the playbook and the playbooks look like dictionaries," said Finley.

Unfortunately for the rest of the NFL, Jermichael Finley is fully prepared to wreak havoc on anyone who has the distress of covering him, including the best cornerback on the planet, Darrelle Revis.

“Revis Island… but he won’t be saying thank God it’s Finley. He’ll be saying get Finley out of here," said Finley, in regards to the possibility of being matched up with Revis during their week eight match up in New York.  (Jermichael Finley Calls Out Darrelle Revis)

That may be a bold statement, but Jermichael Finley is one of the few players in this league who can back it up.

For a tight end, he has abnormal speed, jumping abilities, and route running, and his height is simply an unfair advantage.  And as I've previously stated, Finley is a 6"5 monster with great hands who isn't afraid to get physical with DB's.

"Too fast for LB's and too big for DB's" perfectly illustrates Finley's talents.

Despite being ever so gifted, Finley still has lots of room for improvement, which is ever so scary.  For his opponents, that is.

Jermichael Finley has been very busy this offseason as he's not only taken up boxing, but he also attended Larry Fitzgerald's annual receivers camp to make him even more dangerous than he already is.

"It helps me a lot.  It gets your wind long and gets your hand speed down right," Finley said.  "Go outside and get them DB's ready".

He also has background similarities with some of the great tight ends in today's game: Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.  All of these players used to be talented basketball prospects coming out of high school.

Finley was offered a scholarship by the University of Arizona to play basketball, but turned it down to play football at the University of Texas, where he went on to be an offensive superstar.

Although Finley's made quite a name for himself, he's also been blessed to play with top-tier quarterbacks throughout his career. 

Colt McCoy was his quarterback at Texas, and now Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback in Green Bay.

Thus far, Jermichael Finley has had a tremendous offseason and is consistently making impressive catches in training camp. 

Normally fans shouldn't get excited about things like that because it's just training camp, but we've already seen Finley make big plays in regular season games and step up when it matters the most, so it just gets us excited about what's to come.

"He's going to be a big weapon for us," said Rodgers, which shows how much Finley has become a huge part of Green Bay's top-notch aerial attack.

In 2010, Jermichael Finley looks to establish himself as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, and nobody questions his potential.