Packers Blog Roundup: Quarless Loses Valuable Practice Time

Second-year tight end Andrew Quarless hasn't practiced yet this year because he hasn't passed his physical. Packers bloggers weigh in on Quarless and other topics...

Not being able to pass his physical or practice due to a hip injury, second-year tight end Andrew Quarless is already losing valuable practice time in the opinion of Chad Toporski of AllGreenBayPackers.com. "Having to stand on the sidelines while a rookie steals the spotlight is no way to prove to the coaches (or even the fans) that you have what it takes to play a starting role," writes Toporski. "Compounding the problem was the absence of OTA’s and mini-camps during the lockout that could have helped Quarless make his second-year strides." I would tend to think if Quarless can overcome this injury in short order, it shouldn't affect him too much. But certainly the longer it lingers on, the more it hurts him and his chances to make the roster or climb the depth chart.

The topic of replacing Cullen Jenkins as an interior pass rusher is taken up by Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company. "While I thought (Mike) Neal was drafted as Jenkins's replacement, his recovery from shoulder surgery is setting him back, and I don't expect he'll be 100% by the start of the season," writes Benson. "As good as Jenkins was, DE C.J. Wilson is impressing the coaches, and I hope that's not just talk. DE Jarius Wynn has done a good job generating some pressure too, and he can replace some of what Jenkins did as a pass rusher." And it should be noted that Benson also covers B.J. Raji as part of his post as well.

Tight end Jermichael Finley's catch of two passes on the same play at a recent training camp practice has gotten some attention at the NFL's official website, where Adam Rank posted video of it. "Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you," writes Rank. "The Packers are playing with two footballs at one time, but TE Jermichael Finley makes it look easy. Here, the tight end shows that he has supreme concentration, wrangling in two passes during one pattern. Pretty impressive."

Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette noticed it too.

The 2007 Draft class of the Packers has been significantly reduced recently. "A lot has changed in 2011, as free agency and roster cuts have come in a flurry after the players and owners came to an agreement on a new CBA last week," writes Bob Fox of Packer Chatters. "The class of 2007 was definitely affected.  Harrell was released.  Jackson signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent.  Hall also signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent."

The depth, or lack thereof, at inside linebacker concerns Amanda Lawson of Rodgers That. "I have no doubt in my mind that Bishop and Hawk can cover the position and do it well," writes Lawson. "But what happens if, heaven forbid, they are injured? Bishop and Hawk need to become mentors of both, Smith and Jackson, as well as any other player who is practicing at the position."

Tight end Jermichael Finley's reaction to claims of Philadelphia's "Dream Team" is noted at Total Packers.

A blogger from Idaho, Colleen Brenton of Pocket Doppler, is sad to say goodbye to Daryn Colledge and Korey Hall.

The pitfalls of placing too much emphasis on practice are explained by Alex Tallitsch at Rodgers That.

Some training camp photos are posted at Packerville, U.S.A.

A training camp report is filed at Packer Chatters.

Listen to the Packers Therapy podcast at Packer Chatters.

Video: Some footage from the shareholders meeting last week appears at Rodgers That...

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

Second-hand news sources are not included in the blog roundup unless they also include meaningful commentary.

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Jordan's picture

August 03, 2011 at 10:26 am

The Packers just won a Superbowl with rookie Quarless. Who knows, maybe not over targeting the TE position is what led to Rodgers using his WR's more and success.

Finley's biggest game last year was against the Bears on MNF. Packers lost.

I'd say Crabtee is the odd man out. His blocking last pre-season was good. But if you turn on the regular season film, his blocking was not good.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

August 03, 2011 at 10:29 am

Crabtree predictably got schooled by some older, veteran players, but I'm not sure I'd classify his blocking as "not good." If I'm correct ProFootballFocus grades him out as one of the better pass blocking tight ends in the NFL.

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Jordan's picture

August 03, 2011 at 11:19 am

Yeah, I'm just giving you my opinion of Crabtree's pass and run blocking. It's based on what I saw on film. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself.

He may be Ok in the H-back role as a pass blocker. But as an inline tightend pass/run blocker. Terrible. He's out of his league. Consistently manhandled. He's not good as H-back run blocker either.

But I realize he's a media twitter sensation, and it's unlikely that the Packer media will examine the 20 game films for themselves.

I've got nothing against Crabtree, he tries hard.

It's no different than the 2 years of PackerNation media saying that James Jones would be a starter on any team but the Packers. And that turned out not to be true based on his free agency.

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CSS's picture

August 03, 2011 at 11:26 am

Is there even a need to question or care about what the media says regarding Crabtree? The Packers, based on filmed practices, pre-season and games (actual coaches film) actually made room for him on an already packed roster last year specifically because of his blocking accumin and ability to seal the end. So, I should question the coaching staff and GM based on their own evaluation? I'm confused.

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PackerAaron's picture

August 03, 2011 at 11:32 am

If you really watched film, you'd know this just isn't the case. Yes, Crabtree struggled in-line last year, ESP later in the year. But to say he is out of his league is beyond silly.

His worst game was at DET. (but then everyone looked terrible in that game) That game showed how much he needed to bulk up if he is expected to go up against defensive ends - which he is.

But real film study does not support what you're opining above.

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Lynn Dickey 12's picture

August 03, 2011 at 12:45 pm

But, hey...remember how he just planted that Steelers guy in the ground like a freaking tent stake in XLV! Awesome. Should have gotten flagged for it, but awesome just the same.

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