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)
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley had some ups and downs with the team in 2012.
He stated that quarterback back Aaron Rodgers didn’t like him and that’s why he wasn’t getting the ball.
He had a standoff with management about taking a pay cut, but in the end his salary remained the same.
Then it was a down to the wire regarding a $3 million bonus the Packers decided to pick up at the last minute.
It’s all good because now that all the trouble seems to behind him, the talented tight end is making coaches and players at OTAs believers.
The departure of Greg Jennings opens up a world of opportunity for Finley in the Green Bay offense and he knows it.
He’s added weight to his 6’5 frame, but the biggest difference is his attitude.
Finley is noticeably more serious, less talkative and more business. In a contract year, he knows the spotlight is on him and he’ll be playing a bigger part in the show.
“You know the way you practice is the way you play,” Finley said via Weston Hodkiewicz of Packers News.
“That's what I’m (thinking) right now. I’m practicing physical and hopefully I can carry it on to Sunday. It’s minicamp right now and I’m just trying to step my game up.”
“He’s a freak athlete,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Jermichael, he has the type of body that you’d like to have – probably all of us in here. He’s big, strong and talented. He’s primed for a really big year. His key is going to be continue to grow mentally. He’s got all the physical tools and ability you could ask for.