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Packers pre-draft roster analysis: Tight ends

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Once again this April, Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky will provide a pre-draft breakdown of the Packersí roster at each position heading into the April 26-28 NFL draft. Hereís the position schedule: Monday: Defensive line Tuesday: Linebackers Wednesday: Defensive backs Thursday: Offensive line Friday: Running backs Saturday: Receivers Today: Tight ends Monday: Quarterbacks Tuesday: Special teams Tight ends What they have: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree, Ryan Taylor, D.J. Williams. Position analysis: Like receiver, this is another deep position where the Packers surprisingly kept five players on the roster all season until Quarless shredded his knee on Dec. 4 against the Giants. Finley (55 catches, 767 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season) didnít have the dominating year some projected, had problems with drops but still got a sizeable contract (two years, $15 million). Crabtree is as solid a blocker/special teamer as there is and has improved as a receiver. Taylor was the special teams standout as he was advertised as but has a ways to go on offense. So does Williams, who didnít see much playing time. The future: Given how much coach Mike McCarthy likes tight ends, it would be wrong to rule out a draft addition. But it seems unlikely. Quarless looks like heíll start the season on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his ACL and sustaining other damage.  

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