Aaron Rodgers: Jermichael Finley has been “dominating” in camp

AP

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was seen throwing punches at the helmet of teammate Jarvis Reed during a recent practice, which is never a good idea given how little give helmets tend to have against the human hand.

Finely never connected and avoided injury, which means that a productive training camp won’t be interrupted. Finley is drawing raves from teammates and coaches for his improvement as a run blocker after struggling in recent years and he’s also hearing some nice words from the guy who will be throwing him passes this season.

“He’s been running his routes really well,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Something clicked last year midseason … and it’s carried over this spring. He’s got himself in unbelievable shape, and he’s come in and been dominating out there. I’m really proud of him and the steps he’s made.”

Finley’s athletic ability has never been in question, but you can’t say the same for his consistency. The 2013 season would be a good time for Finley to turn that around.

He’ll be a free agent after the year, so he’d be setting himself up for a nice payday if he could turn in something similar to the eight touchdown campaign he had before signing an extension with the Packers in 2012. And it would work for the Packers too. While they have several strong receivers, the loss of Greg Jennings does leave a spot for Finley to do more on offense this season.

34 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Jermichael Finley has been “dominating” in camp

  1. Did people watch Greg Jennings last season?? He barely averaged 10 yds a catch in the 8 games he played. He was a very pedestrian receiver last year, not saying he won’t bounce back. But 100% confident Jarret Boykins can put up 35 catches for 350 yds like Jennings did last season.

  2. Wow. Rodgers talking about someone other than himself. Must have taken Greg’s criticism to heart. Good for him.

  3. Nothing to see here people. Packers are still a 3-13 team at best. Obviously the Vikings will have yet another Lombardi trophy to add to their display case. Wait…. never mind.

  4. To bad every year want a contract year for him. Maybe then he would be consistent… If GB were going to sign him long-term, they would have already. With 5 potential other TEs to carry on the roster you can bet this is his last hurrah in green and gold. This season is his resumé and if it gets us deep in the playoffs, I’ll take it.

  5. Finely only has 2 great games a year….and its against the Bears….Noone dominates against the Bears defense like Finely does

    He has made his career crushing the bears

  6. jhein23 says:Aug 8, 2013 9:28 AM

    Did people watch Greg Jennings last season?? He barely averaged 10 yds a catch in the 8 games he played. He was a very pedestrian receiver last year, not saying he won’t bounce back. But 100% confident Jarret Boykins can put up 35 catches for 350 yds like Jennings did last season.

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    As long as they figure out a way to protect Rodgers so he doesn’t have to scramble every play, he’ll do well with what ever receivers they put in there. He makes the receivers, not the other way around. Just like Brady, Manning, Brees etc. Many guys that looked great under the great QBs have looked bad elsewhere.

  7. Well…Rodgers has to find something positive to talk about. Every other player is on the cupcake list hurt…..

  8. Rodgers knows how to get the best out of his players….a true LEADER!

    Since Rodgers has been the starter beginning in 2008 the Packers have dominated the NFC North in point differential

    Packers +649
    Bears +183
    Vikings +59
    Lions -466

  9. Haters gonna Hate. . . and if you’re a Packer gan doing the hating, please don’t get to sweating this guy when he has a monster year. The Packers will be counting on this guy heavily this year.

    All Wisconsin sports fans are better than the players, know more than the coaches, and jump on and off the bandwagon more than anyone.

  10. Of course he’s excelling. Finley doesn’t even know it…..it happens so subtly players aren’t even aware.

    Brainwash 101.

  11. Another contract year!! With the Peckers possibibly going 2 and 14, He may get 50 balls thrown to him and catch 12. Next year He will join Jennings with the Vikes. Than there will be more tears out of GB. Rodgers is a me me person, Live with it..
    LIONS FAN

  12. “which is never a good idea given how little give helmets tend to have against the human hand”

    But Finley’s hands are made of stone, so they probably would have broken the helmet.

  13. He is picking it up for a contract year. That’s also why he isn’t talking as much. Once he gets this next contract, it will be back to his normal ways.

  14. purpleguy says:
    Aug 8, 2013 11:29 AM
    If he’s dominating, it’s because he trained all off-season in Minnesota.

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    Probably picked up some pointers from multiple Super Bowl winner Christian Ponder.

  15. stevent92 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 9:43 AM
    Middle-aged women have dominated against that pass defense. Rodgers’ statement isn’t really isn’t a compliment.
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    Really? I find that very curious. Can you name one?

  16. So I guess Rodgers isn’t all about Rodgers all the time. Maybe instead of brainwashing, we’ve just been hearing hurt feelings coming East across the river. Sorry Greg.

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