Do Packers Have Burgeoning Tight End Controversy?
By most accounts, second-year Green Bay Packers tight end D.J. Williams has had a pretty nice camp. That’s been more noticeable with starter Jermichael Finley sitting out the majority of it with a concussion and thigh injury.
We doubt the Packers will open the season with anyone other than Finley as their No. 1 tight end, but Williams’ play thus far tells you he’s in line for more reps this season. Those will come at Finley’s or one of the receiver’s expense.
As we all know, if they come at Finley’s expense, Finley is going to have something to say about it. He’s apparently already feeling threatened.
“Not taking nothing away from D.J., but camp is camp,” he said. “San Francisco has a great defense. It ain’t going to be nothing like camp, I guarantee you.
“Like I said, we can talk about this and that, but once you get out there on the grass it’s a whole other thing. We’ve been going against the third, fourth team (in practice). We haven’t been going against the first team consistently.”
In other words, we in here talkin’ about practice! Listen, we talkin’ about practice. Not a game! Not a game! Not a game! We talkin’ about practice.
Yeah, seriously, the Packers are using Williams differently than Finley, even lining him up in the backfield. He’s also not going to draw the double teams Finley will and has proven sure-handed thus far. That’s something Finley wasn’t last season.
Williams will indeed need to show he can do it on the field during the regular season, though. If he does, we’re sure Finley will have something to say about it.
Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.
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