In the NFL, if you haven’t made an impact on the field by your third season, then you most likely aren’t going to ever make an impact. Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless is entering his sixth NFL season and he’s made no discernible impact through his first five.
However, quarterback Aaron Rodgers says this is the year Quarless is going to make the jump. You know, the one most guys make in their second season.
“… Andrew Quarless has had a great offseason. I think he’s really, something clicked in for him at the end of last year and he’s been taking the jump.”
So what has happened with Quarless?
Well, he’s been doing CrossFit, which we think is absurd, but something has obviously caught Rodgers’ eye.
Now, whether that something is going to translate into some actual on-field production is the question.
Quarless’ single-season bests in receptions (32 in 2013) and yards (323 in 2014) are nothing to write home about. Despite those underwhelming stats, Quarless is not lacking in confidence. Earlier this offseason, he explained how he thinks he’s in the same category as All-Pro Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
We all laughed at that notion, of course.
The Packers need someone to step up at the tight end position this year though. Rodgers didn’t bother to single out second-year tight end Richard Rodgers, the guy the Packers are probably hoping develops into that additional receiving threat.
So maybe there’s hope for Quarless yet. Although we have our doubts…