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Quarless, Bostick could play key roles on offense

Mar. 26, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless. File/Press-Gazette Media

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t ruled out bringing back tight end Jermichael Finley, although he must receive medical clearance following neck fusion surgery and sign a new contract before that happens.

In the meantime, holdovers Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick could play key roles on offense this season.

Quarless missed the entire 2012 season after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee the previous year. Last season, he started 10 games after Finley injured his neck.

“I thought last year there was a big hurdle that he actually made it through the whole season,” McCarthy said Wednesday. “It’s something that he struggled with. We felt that he has a chance to get all the way back and still is a young, ascending player.”

Quarless had career highs with 32 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

Bostick was a core special teams player and appeared in 11 games last season. But he also made an impression on McCarthy with his blocking ability on offense.

“He’s doing some really good things in his limited opportunities on offense,” McCarthy said. “I mean, he was in my opinion our best (tight end) blocker in a limited number of opportunities. That is something he had to grow into, develop into. I look at him as still a young ascending player.”

McCarthy believes a player’s special teams prowess often translates to ability in other areas.

“When you look at performance on special teams it’s always a pretty good indicator of how guys are going to transition to their offensive and defensive responsibilities,” McCarthy said. “And Bostick’s right there.”

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