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BBAO: Jermichael Finley's impact

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Green Bay Packers have increased their per-game scoring average about 30 percent over last year and their total yards by about 11 percent. It's hard not to attribute that rise in part to the return of tight end Jermichael Finley, a factor Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel considers fairly in this piece.

Finley has caught 42 passes for 600 yards and six touchdowns. He's also dropped nine passes, according to Silverstein, and had four false-start penalties. But he is playing all over the field, regularly appearing at five different positions in the Packers' offense, and personnel people around the NFL believe he has made a notable impact on coverage the Packers' wide receivers are getting.

Writes Silverstein: "Finley's value to the 2011 Packers is best quantified in team production."

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