After the game-winning touchdown reception against the Lions by Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers’ fans seem to have momentarily stopped clamoring for the return of tight end Andrew Quarless.
Yet, even though Rodgers is coming off his best game of the season (and not just because of his hail mary touchdown), the Packers need a tight end who can stretch the middle of the field and Quarless is that guy.
And after practicing for the past two weeks, there is a realistic possibility that sixth-year man from Penn State could make his return to the field as early as this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I’m hoping, I’m hoping,” Quarless told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this week. “I’m practicing hard. Practice this week has been going real good, a lot better than last week. It’s definitely something to look forward to. Got the rust off last week, getting back into things. Just feeling a lot faster and quicker this week.”
While getting Quarless back may not seem like a big deal, the reality is that he is both a solid receiver and a good blocker, so his return he should make a positive impact on the offense — something quarterback Aaron Rodgers agreed with earlier this week.
“Andrew is a very talented guy,” Rodgers said to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “He had some big moments last year and unfortunately the knee injury kind of limited his opportunities this year. But he understands leverages and soft spots in coverages and made a lot of big third-and-long conversions for us last year and the deep seams and did a good job running routes against man and zone. So we know what we have in Andrew. He’s a smart player who’s a very talented guy and we’ll see what his capacity will be coming up, but obviously Richie is coming off his best game so we have to keep giving him opportunities.”
We will find out Sunday if Quarless is indeed active, but when he does return — it will be a welcome sight for an offense that has struggled to get production from its tight ends.