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

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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.

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34 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Jermichael Finley has been “dominating” in camp”
  1. floratiotime says: Aug 8, 2013 9:21 AM

    Like the song goes … it’s a little too late to do the right thing now.

  2. blacknole08 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:26 AM

    Rodgers forgot to add that he still has hands of stone.

  3. 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.

  4. theytukrjobs says: Aug 8, 2013 9:28 AM

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

  5. rasalghoul says: Aug 8, 2013 9:29 AM

    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.

  6. wilddeuce03 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:31 AM

    That’s because the GB defense stinks!

  7. Trevor Swanson says: Aug 8, 2013 9:35 AM

    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.

  8. bullcharger says: Aug 8, 2013 9:36 AM

    Finley is big, fast, strong, etc, but he drops the ball in the clutch. Unless that is fixed he’s not going to be great.

  9. igocommando says: Aug 8, 2013 9:36 AM

    I’ll believe it when I see it. He’s been all talk and hype since he entered the league.

  10. scoops1 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:37 AM

    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

  11. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 8, 2013 9:37 AM

    would it have been too much to ask to just name the dude Michael?

  12. bullcharger says: Aug 8, 2013 9:38 AM

    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.

    ——————-

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. thepvyharvin says: Aug 8, 2013 9:46 AM

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

  15. clayminator says: Aug 8, 2013 9:50 AM

    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

  16. sdemp says: Aug 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    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.

  17. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 8, 2013 9:58 AM

    If dominating means slapping Jarvis Reed and hitting him with his purse, then yeah, dominating.

  18. clayminator says: Aug 8, 2013 10:08 AM

    dominating is winning 17 of the last 18 against your division rivals.

    it’s just simple math

  19. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 10:14 AM

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

    Brainwash 101.

  20. bubbasmithguy says: Aug 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    We’ve been hearing this same comment for the last 5 years about Finley.

  21. truninerfan49 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:47 AM

    I would probably look dominate going against that soft defense every day in practice.

  22. contra74 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:47 AM

    ZZZZZ…come on, talk about the SCHISM!

  23. bigjimmie says: Aug 8, 2013 11:07 AM

    That soft defense has owned the North for several seasons. Nice to see the Vikings and Lions fans actually following football again.

  24. 1papabob says: Aug 8, 2013 11:07 AM

    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

  25. 1papabob says: Aug 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    Finley won’t have to worry about anything over 10 yards next year when He is a Viking. Ponder can’t throw it any further than that.

  26. purpleguy says: Aug 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    If he’s dominating, it’s because he trained all off-season in Minnesota.

  27. rockinron2 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    “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.

  28. qoojo says: Aug 8, 2013 12:05 PM

    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.

  29. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 8, 2013 12:48 PM

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

    —-

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

  30. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 2:11 PM

    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.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Really? I find that very curious. Can you name one?

  31. deltaoracle says: Aug 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    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.

  32. tvz33 says: Aug 8, 2013 5:41 PM

    Duh!! Contract year otherwise it’s back to ‘ol concrete hands.

  33. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 8, 2013 6:46 PM

    I almost feel bad for the hapless and tasteless Vikings and Bears. The Packer don’t just bet them twice per year – they emasculate them.

  34. GenXJay says: Aug 8, 2013 11:16 PM

    nice to see there is at least one cheerleader in gb.

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