Rookie Andrew Quarless has been the primary tight end used by the Packers since Jermichael Finley went down, with mixed results. The team, however, seems satisfied with moving forward with Quarless getting most of the work. Quarless has five receptions in the last three games after being inactive against Dallas. In that span, veteran Donald Lee has one reception and was inactive (non-injury coaches decision) against Atlanta. Tom Crabtree has three receptions all season. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin talked about Quarless' progression: "Doing a good job. Obviously a young guy. We actually thought, at times when he got off on the cadence and the snap count, he did some good things in the run game the other day." "He got to a good contact position. Got to his aiming point relatively well. Was competitive once got in there, wasn’t getting pitched around a lot. There was one or two times he needed to be better, was late off the ball." "Obviously we wish he could have made that play on third down. But I think he’s making good overall progress." "Again, you’ve got to remember where Jermichael Finley was in year one. We weren’t talking about him a whole lot and he wasn’t playing the volume of plays Drew is. He wasn’t doing all of the things we ask Drew to do. When you consider all that stuff, he’s doing a nice job." "We’re going to need him to contribute as we keep going in December. He needs to improve. But, in the big picture of things, he’s doing some things well."
Philbin talks Quarless
Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
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