GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It didn't happen the way that Andrew Quarless wanted, but the Green Bay Packers tight end got the opportunity to show what he can do as the No. 1 option on the depth chart. The timing was perfect for him too, as Quarless will hit unrestricted free agency this offseason.
After the season-ending injury to Jermichael Finley, Quarless had his moments. The back-to-back performances in Weeks 14 and 15 with six catches for 66 yards and one touchdown were statistically when he shined. But with Quarless having more than 400 combined snaps as a run or pass blocker, there were plenty of chances for the Packers to get a large sample size of his overall game.
"I definitely think I proved a couple things this year," Quarless said.
Having a playmaking tight end is very important to the Packers' offense. As position coach Jerry Fontenot admitted after the season, with an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers and a dominant running back like Eddie Lacy, having a big-body receiving ...