Originally written on Packers Notes  |  Last updated 11/18/14

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Safety Chris Hope #24 of the Tennessee Titans tips the ball away from tight end Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers at LP Field on November 2, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Tight end Jermichael Finley hasn’t been the same since his knee injury While most fans and members of the media have been focusing on Jermichael Finley’s drops for the past 21 games, I’m more concerned about his decreased athleticism. Ever since injuring his right knee against the Washington Redskins nearly two years ago, the fifth-year tight end from the University of Texas hasn’t looked anything like the physical freak who dominated defenses late in 2009 and early in 2010. Finley is still a good athlete, but he’s not separating from defenders the way he did prior to the injury. I first noticed this last summer. Players he was leaving in the dust a year earlier were able to stay close and contest passes. That disturbing trend is continuing. Finley was targeted a total of 16 times against the 49ers and the Bears. After re-watching both games, I counted only a handful of times when Finley provided quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a sizable window. The majority of the throws were into ...
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