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|The tight position in Green Bay was a fantasy wasteland after the loss of Jermichael Finley in Week 7. Barring his miraculous return, there probably won't be a TE1 or TE2 to emerge from this logjam position in 2014.
Typically counted on as a quality blocker at the edge or attack, Andrew Quarless was pressed into receiver duty because of the serious neck injury suffered by Finley. As you can see by his No. 40 final ranking, he didn't exactly burn up the stat sheet. His familiarity with the system and new contract give him a leg up in the battle with second-year man Brandon Bostick and rookie third-round pick Richard Rodgers. His injury history – an ACL tear in 2012 and missing all offseason work thus far in 2014 – and athletic limitations don't make him a very attractive fantasy option.
Bostik, the former college wide receiver, offers athletic upside, but broke his foot late last year and is still working his way back into condition.
Rodgers, the third-round pick from Cal, averaged a wide-receiver-like 15.5 yards-per-catch and is in his final season with the Golden Bears. He offers the best glimmer of hope for fantasy owners. Recent reports indicate that he has been playing well in OTAs. Should he prove to be a capable blocker, he could emerge from the pack as the starter and might be worth keeping an eye on.
|Packers TE Rodgers stood out in OTAs|
Rookie near the top of suprisingly competitive position
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jun 26, 4:10 pm
|There might not be any jobs won or lost in the spring. It only feels that way. As rookie Richard Rodgers plucked passes with one hand — separating himself as an MVP of organized team activities — Brandon Bostick got antsy.
And you can see why Bostick got anxious during OTAs. If Rodgers proves himself as an in-line blocker, the third-round pick could start. Ryan Taylor flashed surprising athleticism. Jake Stoneburner is getting more opportunities. Andrew Quarless, out all spring, finished 2013 as the starter. And there are also rookies Colt Lyerla and Justin Perillo.
FFToday's Take: Bostick may have been considered the frontrunner earlier in the spring, but it is clear Rodgers has nearly - if not completely - closed the gap. Lyerla is easily the most athletic of the bunch and has major upside in this offense, although his off-field history may be too much to overcome. Unless Lyerla really shows well, expect Rodgers and Bostick to battle it out for the right to start Week 1.